Out of Sight

Out of Sight was one of the best movies of 1998, but ironically this superior crime comedy was a box-office disappointment. Fortunately the movie can enjoy a long life on home video, where it can be savored by anyone who missed its original release. Making his best film since 1989's sex, lies, and videotape, director Steven Soderbergh pays tribute to the signature wit and intricacy of Elmore Leonard's novel, brilliantly adapted by Scott Frank, the gifted screenwriter who previously adapted Leonard's Get Shorty. The movie's a prime showcase for the talent and chemistry of George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, respectively playing a career bank robber who's escaped from jail and the federal agent who falls for his charms while tracking him down. Soderbergh directs with confident visual flair, shifting time- lines (à la Pulp Fiction) to weave together subplots and maintain vivid focus on Leonard's splendid characters and smooth-as-silk dialogue. While the sexy repartée between Clooney and Lopez recalls the vintage interplay of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Ving Rhames and Steve Zahn add ample comic relief as Clooney's accomplices. Dennis Farina is memorable as Lopez's father, and Albert Brooks is almost unrecognizable as a Wall Street crook whose mansion--and a cache of uncut diamonds--provides the setting for the film's climactic caper. As orchestrated by Soderbergh, the film offers a feast of plot twists and surprises, but it never loses track of its delightful characters and the clever wit that brings them so vividly to life. --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
85
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
R (Restricted)
Year:
1998
123
1,022 Views

Karen Sisco:
[at the hotel bar] So tell me, Gary, what do you do for a living?

Jack Foley:
How far do you want to go with this?

Karen Sisco:
Not yet. Don't say anything yet.

Jack Foley:
I don't think it works if we're somebody else. I mean, Gary and Celeste, what do they know about anything?

Karen Sisco:
Well, this is your game, I've never played before.

Jack Foley:
It's not a game. It's not something you play.

Karen Sisco:
Well, does this make any sense to you?

Jack Foley:
It doesn't have to. It's something that happens. It's like seeing someone for the first time... like you could be passing on the street, and you look at each other and for a few seconds... there's this kind of a recognition... like you both know something. The next moment, the person's gone, and it's too late to do anything about it. And you always remember it, because it was there, and you let it go, and you think to yourself, "What if I had stopped? If I had said something?"

Jack Foley:
"What if, what if?" And it may only happen a few times in your life.

Jack Foley:
Or once.

Karen Sisco:
Or once. [pause] How'd you find me?

Jack Foley:
Uh...Called your room from downstairs.

Karen Sisco:
Oh. And if I had answered, what were you gonna say?

Jack Foley:
I would say who I was, and do you remember me, and want to meet for a drink?

Karen Sisco:
If I remembered you. I came here looking for you. All right, so then I would have said yes, but for all you know, I could have had a SWAT team waiting for you... why would you trust me?

Jack Foley:
It'd be worth the risk.

Karen Sisco:
You like taking risks.

Jack Foley:
So do you.

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