RARA-AVIS: Out of Sight

Mark Sullivan (ANONYMEINC@webtv.net)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 21:57:11 -0400 (EDT) Kevin Smith asked about the film Out of Sight. I for one liked it very
much. I hadn't read the book (I'm a couple behind in my Leonards), but
it semed in keeping with Leonard's general world view. Soderbergh
(Undercover, Sex, Lies, Videotapes) did a good job of directing and the
acting was very good (with a few amusing cameos, like Michael Keaton as
Agent Nicolette, the same role he played in Jackie Brown), including
Clooney who had not previously impressed me.

One thing I've found interesting is audience's trouble with time shifts.
This movie employs flashbacks and even a few flash forwards as
characters envision what is about to happen. These are standard tools
in a novel and no one seems to have trouble following them. I am
surprised how many people have trouble with the same device in movies.
You hear a number of people in the theater asking, "Wait, when is this
happening?" Tarantino reintroduced this into recent film (cribbing from
Kubrick's The Killing, among others). Remember how many people couldn't
figure out why the Travolta character was shown alive after he was shot
by the Bruce Willis character? Simple, this happened earlier. Why do
so many people have trouble with this?


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