Magazine article Newsweek

The Fugitive Falls in Love

Magazine article Newsweek

The Fugitive Falls in Love

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Clooney earns his movie-star stripes with 'Out of Sight'

INSIDE THE TRUNK OF A CAR IS AN ODD place to begin a romance. But that's where George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez are thrown together early on in Out of Sight. He's veteran bank robber Jack Foley, and she's no-nonsense Federal Marshal Karen Sisco. Jack had to kidnap Karen when she almost ruined his clever escape from a Florida prison. With his partner in crime (Ving Rhames) at the wheel of the getaway car, Jack chats up his captive in the trunk, impressed by both her taste in movies and her astonishing calm in the face of danger. Sexy, easy to talk to, this gun-toting woman is someone he'd be seriously interested in -under ordinary circumstances.

Unfortunately for Jack and Karen-but lucky for us-there are no ordinary circumstances in "Out of Sight." It gets quirkier, funnier and sexier as it goes, as the bank robber vows to stay out of jail and the marshal vows to capture him-though she can't say for sure whether she wants him for the state or for herself.

"Out of Sight" a smart, tasty adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, is a smashing return to form for director Steven Soderbergh, who's had trouble finding his footing since "sex, lies and videotape." His screenwriter, Scott Frank, demonstrated in "Get Shorty" that he knew how to transfer Leonard's grittily loopy voice to the screen. He succeeds again here, though the tone of Soderbergh's comedy is less broad. the colors less primary, than in Barry Sonnenfeld's 1995 movie.

What Soderbergh and Frank both richly appreciate is Leonard's ability to make every character, big or small, come to pungent life. …

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