Fifth about The Seventh

No Sudden Move

No Sudden Move: Steven Soderbergh’s film pits a collection of untrustworthy and not particularly likable characters against each other; in between an endless (and entertaining) sequence of back-stabbings, the film somehow finds time to look at many instances of power abuse (economical, racial, patriarchal). It’s not subtle or deep, but it nevertheless adds a layer to the experience. The excellent cast helps matters: the performances are mostly low-key, but all are solid. Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro are the two most central figures, both small-time crooks who ended up diving too deep into a dark pool. The film is well-put-together, with competent production and costume designs (by Hannah Beachler and Marci Rodgers, respectively) and a beautifully jazzy, if sparse, musical score, by David Holmes. The exception is the cinematography, by “Peter Andrews” (Soderbergh himself); the choice of lenses creates constant distortions at the edge of the frame, a distracting choice the mires an otherwise classy camera work.

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