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24 Frames: The 'Elmore Leonard' Edition

This week saw the sad death of the esteemed novelist Elmore Leonard who passed away at the age of 87. With this in mind, I would like to pay homage to what is in my opinion the greatest adaptation of one of his books: Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998).

Soderbergh is a cinematic chameleon, regularly lending his hand to a variety of genres from political fare such as Che (2008), to movies about the plight of male strippers in Magic Mike (2012). However, it is this movie that still stands out as one of his best, and one of the finest adaptations of a novel I have ever seen.

The movie is based on the book of the same name and features George Clooney as the slick but bumbling thief Jack Foley who is pursued by Federal Marshall Karen Sisco, who is played with steely resolve by Jennifer Lopez. What stands out about the movie is the chemistry between the two actors, which is all the more satisfying to see when you know that the two performers were apparently not the best of friends during filming. They are backed up by a wonderful supporting cast including Don Cheadle and Ving Rhames.

At the time the movie was released Clooney was experiencing the trials and tribulations that a TV actor can face when making the move from TV to film, while his co-star had just worked on U Turn with director Oliver Stone the previous year. The movie follows a non-linear structure that walks between the narrative and flashbacks that relate to the plot. These pieces fit intricately into a movie that breezes by with a sense of cool bravura and fun. While Clooney is fantastic in the movie it is Lopez's character who steals the show. Karen Sisco is streetwise, glamorous and driven. With every situation she finds herself in, you get the idea that this is a woman firmly in control.

From beating up a would be assailant with a steel bar, to rejecting the attention of a set of anonymously boring marketing executives in a bar, Sisco is always a woman in control. The fact that Lopez never lets the character fall into a matriarchal parody of herself is to her credit.

The film is beautifully shot as we transition from the warm colours of Florida to the snowy streets of Detroit (The cinematographer Elliot Davis would later work on the first Twilight movie). The standout moment is when the two stars meet in a Detroit hotel bar. The intimacy of the scene is played out with beautiful music and a beautifully simplistic edit that shifts between the bar and the elegantly subtle love scene.

I would like to thank Elmore Leonard for all of the books he wrote that were turned into movies. Out of Sight is my favourite, and is a film I will hold dear for the rest of my life. Thanks Elmore. My heart goes out to his friends and family this week.