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The Lookout
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Reviewed on 2007-03-30
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
GenreCrime / Drama / Thriller
In The Lookout you get a glimpse into the life of someone trying to move on and relearn life skills. Joseph Gordon Levitt portrays Chris. Heís a former high school athlete who had it all and on one tragic night made a mistake that almost cost him his life. It permanently damaged his thinking patterns and he has had to relearn everything he does in life. At this point he is feeling lost, unimportant and alone. We see that he holds a job as a janitor at a local bank. What we also see is someone is watching him.

A gang of bank robbers want to pull of a bank heist during crop season when the entire farmerís money is being transported and left at the bank. What better way to do this than to get in good with the janitor. They turn to Chris as a friend first and then the ulterior motives are revealed. Chris hesitantly agrees to help, but when the heist begins to go down he changes his mind and wants out. With Chris being in charge of the lookout there is no way of that happening.

I enjoyed the realization of how someone with special needs is treated & sometimes abused. It is the reality of the world we live in. Fortunately although we see this character being used, but we also see him triumph. The storyline was well written by divulging details of people who are dealing with relearning life skills. The acting was very dramatic and fit the scene well. The highlight of this show for me was Jeff Daniels, he portrays Lewis, Chrisí blind friend who he lives with. Jeff has a comic role in this film, which all in all saves it from being just another bank heist with cardboard cut outs.

Review By: Jolene Mendez

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