No Sudden Move Review
Steven Soderbergh returns to the ultimate form of crime drama with an outstanding all-star cast. No sudden movement is a fascinating story of robberies, murders and betrayals. What starts out as a simple job for three professional criminals turns into a lot of money with serious ramifications. The 1950s setting adds fascinating social, racial, and sexual dynamics. Each character has a different agenda, but learns the hard way that there is no honor among thieves.
No sudden movement takes place in 1954 Detroit. Curt Goynes, recently released on parole (Don cheadle) needs money and a way to get out of town fast. Jones (Brendan Fraser), an unknown repairman with deep pockets, offered him a seemingly easy job. Curt is shocked when Jones recruits two other men for the job. Ronald Russo (Benicio, the bull) likes to drink and sleep with the wife of an Italian crime boss (Ray Liotta) (Julia Fox). Charley (Kieran Culkin) is a hothead who knows too much about his henchmen. The disparate trio deeply distrust each other, but can’t turn down easy money.
In the suburbs, Matt Wertz (David Harbor) prepares for work. His wife, Mary (Amy Seimetz), realizes that he is wearing cologne. As she prepares breakfast for her teenage son (Noah Jupe) and young daughter (Lucy Holt), three masked and armed men break into the house. Terrified, Mary begs them not to hurt her family. They come with simple instructions for Matt. You have thirty minutes to retrieve a document from your boss’s safe at work. Charley will follow him to make sure he sticks to the plan. But Curt worries about the whole situation. Something is wrong with the settings. Their instincts have been shown to be correct. Leading to a bloody conspiracy that ensnares organized crime, law enforcement and ruthless corporate interests.
Ed Solomon’s screenplay (Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure, Now you see Me) is superbly written. The day Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) and actors revered significant meat to chew on. Curt Goynes is not stupid. Quickly understand that there is much more at stake. You also recognize the opportunity to solve your problems and make a fortune. Unfortunately, his partners in crime are not so far-sighted. Black and white thugs rarely crossed circles.
Teaming up with a different breed against bigger fish, at the time, was a completely strange concept. But greed and survival trump stereotypes. The best way forward is together. Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro set up an acting clinic here. There are many nuances in your relationship. You’re always waiting to see who stabs the other in the back.
No sudden movement mine dramatic gold with its complex subplots. To say that a lot is happening here is an understatement. Wives and girlfriends also have intriguing narratives. Mary Wertz knows that her husband is having an affair, but is not sure how to handle it. She is trapped in his life. The irony is that the hostage scenario and its aftermath clearly focus their priorities. Frankie Shaw has a small but outstanding performance as Matt’s secretary and lover. His motivations are fundamental to the development of the story. It’s rare to see a gangster movie with such layered female characters.
No sudden movement it is constantly evolving through its runtime. Betrayals abound. You have to pay attention and infer background details from the dialogue. I applaud Soderbergh for not spoon-feeding every crumb of the plot. No sudden movement it’s a smart movie that has performed well across the board. Another must see from one of the best directors in Hollywood. No sudden movement is a Warner Bros. and Warner Max production. It will premiere globally on July 1 on HBO Max.
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