The Lookout (Frank, 2007)

A film that’s refreshingly focused on the crime story at hand, using clever voice-over to sustain Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s fascinating main character during his harrowing journey. The Noir elements feel restrained, yet overtly cold and distant, like the memories clamoring to escape the past trauma’s of Frank’s conflicted hero. Ironically it’s Frank’s writing that let’s his visual storytelling down, using passing characters for the simple reason to advance plot. But the pros certainly outweigh the cons in this well told ice Noir, transfixed with the artificial nostalgia of past experiences resulting in the death of innocence and the rise of arrogance multiple times over.

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