I'm not going to bother with a plot summary for this one. It's too twisty-turny, and anything I'd say would spoil the damn thing. Plus, I want to watch it again almost immediately.
What is weird is that I've never not thoroughly enjoyed a movie by director Steven Soderbergh, but I also don't seek them out. I've maybe seen 1/3rd or less of his output in film, and pretty much zero of his television (I did watch the first season of The Knick), but - I'll rewatch the movies when they're on and basically acknowledge I like his stuff.
And this movie is no exception.
Released directly to HBOmax in this year of 2021 as WB wades through the echoes of the HBOmax launch, COVID and whatever the AT&T execs thought were swell ideas before realizing "oh, damn, we don't know what we're doing and we keep setting the place on fire" with WB and dumping it... this one is easy to access if you've already got your HBOmax subscription - so go watch it. No, seriously.
No Sudden Move (2021) stars a dozen people you know and like, and you'll grow to know and like a few more along the ways (this film was a reminder to go back and watch Uncut Gems to see Julia Fox in another project).
Don Cheadle, Del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Brenda Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Ray Liotta and Signal Watch fave Bill Duke. And dozens and dozens more. Standouts in an amazing cast include Amy Seimetz as Harbour's wife and young Noah Jupe as his teen son.
What starts as a gangland picture becomes a heist picture, and all with a twinge of noirishness to it, more for some characters than others. There's no small amount of commentary baked into the movie, so be ready for that - including the conflicts between ethnicities and races in 1950's Detroit - echoing through clearly to 2021. It moves at a hell of a clip for a 2 hour film, and it's hard to know at the outset what's important and what's not - but assume it's all important. Like most Soderbergh movies, it's satisfying because it uses all the parts of the animal in the stew.
In an era where actors bemoan somehow having two Marvel movies per year means they can't get work or there's nothing else happening - it is a welcome change to see Soderbergh show up with his stock players and put on another show, even if it's not on the big screen.
There's some technical choices made I have questions about, and I'm curious about, and we can discuss at some future date, but it was enough to make me wonder if I screwed up the settings on my TV.
Anyhoo. No Sudden Move is excellent. I have no notes for the cast and crew.
And I have a question for anyone who wants to take the discussion offline.