The Lookout 

Four stars (R)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Character study turned heist film, about Chris Pratt (Gordon-Levitt), a brain-damaged young man — once a high school hero — who gets drawn into a bank robbery scheme. The beautifully-acted portrait of Chris and his snarky, but caring roommate/mentor Lewis (Jeff Daniels) is mesmerizing. The bank caper finale is a bit cumbersome, lacking the finesse of what came before, but the good far outweighs the bad in this fine film — one of the year’s best. 99 minutes.

DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track by writer-director Scott Frank and cinematographer Alar Kivilo, plus featurettes.

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