Detroit, 1954. A trio of criminals (Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Kieran Culkin) are sent to the family home of a GM accountant (David Harbor) with plans to force him into his office in order to retrieve some documents. While the plan initially starts out fairly simply, things get out of hand and a vast conspiracy unfolds …
There are few filmmakers working today who can brag about the kind of work Steven Soderbergh has. He’s effectively avoided selling his artistic tenets, he’s made films that are consistently entertaining, his work is smart without being pretentious, funny without being obvious, and he knows exactly what every movie needs and where it needs to go. Watch any of his crime thrillers in the past, and you’ll see how he knows exactly how to play the scam just long enough for it to make sense. ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Out of sight‘,’ Logan Lucky ‘- the man can’t fail when it comes to smart antics, and’ No Sudden Move ‘sits comfortably next to his best work.
Like a good Elmore Leonard novel, it reveals itself at a thoughtful pace, never leaving you confused but more fascinated by how it will all work out. Soderbergh’s choice of lens may throw you off balance in a few scenes, but that only adds to the tension and uneasiness it leads to (no pun intended). Some of the characters look a lot bigger than expected, others look wider, but when the camera just moves an inch or two, we see it’s a whole different thing. It’s the same when the story moves from one beat to another, changing and evolving into something different. In the hands of another director, this could easily go to waste. Yet with the union of Soderbergh’s confident directing and Ed Solomon’s jazzy, syncopated script and dialogue, “No Sudden Move” simply jumps you off the screen.
Don Cheadle gives a terrific performance as well-injured career criminal Goynes, while Benicio del Toro gives a pretty weird and wonderful turn as Russo. Kieran Culkin, as evidenced by “Succession”, is able to play sleaze with ease, while David Harbor flattens himself to the point of being unrecognizable for his role as the moronic accountant at the center of the plot. The ever-reliable Brendan Fraser has a big character role in that regard, while the “Uncut Gems” breakout Julia Fox plays the “moll gangster” in an intriguing and unique way that speaks to a real appreciation for the genre. The eye for the cast in this movie is incredible – Ray Liotta, Bill Duke, and even a Matt Damon cameo – all serving a specific purpose without being flashy or flashy.
It’s such a shame that ‘No Sudden Move’ has overtaken theaters in favor of a home release, as some scenes and David Holmes’ score would undoubtedly benefit incredibly from a darkened cinema rather than a set-up. residence. Nonetheless, if you can, search for “No Sudden Move” as the payoff is well worth it.