Out Of Sight started the collaboration between George Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh. The film featured Clooney as Jack Foley a prolific bank robber who pulled dozens pf jobs, but also got caught a fair amount of times. While in prison he is incarcerated with a millionaire Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks). He becomes a protector of Ripley, and then decides to rob him after he escapes. The problem is another convict Maurice (Don Cheadle) has the same idea. Into the mix steps Federal Marshall Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). She’s assigned to track down Foley. The movie was based upon an Elmore Leonard novel, which gave it great source material.
The film really set up a number of successful elements that Clooney and Soderbergh would later use in the Oceans trilogy. First, there is a great soundtrack of original instrumentals that really help set a mood. It sounds like a modern version of the best 70s detective TV show. Second, there’s a heist. Clooney thinks of himself as a mastermind criminal and plots a prison break and a robbery. Third, there’s the strained relationship. Foley and Sisco have a thing, but obviously they are good guy-bad guy and can’t quite close the deal. This starts when Foley escapes and kidnaps Sisco. They spend an intimate moment in a trunk together which starts things off. Finally, there’s a lot of sly humor and one liners.
The story is great. The acting is top notch. Jennifer Lopez really lays on the tough but sexy role that she’s not pulled off in any other movie. Clooney is his usual leading man self. The ending is great as well with a twist.