'No Sudden Move' Review


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No Sudden Move is the latest movie from acclaimed director, Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh known for his crime thrillers, does it again with this movie. No Sudden Movie stars Hollywood heavyweights Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Noah Jupe, Jon Hamm, and Brendan Fraser. With this cast you would expect great acting and that is what the movie delivers. Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro are great together. It's like a buddy cop movie, except they're not cops, they're criminals. The story takes place in 1954 Detroit. The film does a great job of making it look like the 1950's. The vintage cars, fashion, and production design make it feel like the 1950's. This is one of the many good things about the movie.


As soon as you turn this movie on, you know it's a Soderbergh movie. Not only because of the genre, it's the way he directs the film. It's the way some shots are during scenes. I was very impressed with the cinematography of this film. Like I said earlier, the acting was great, so let's get to the important part of this review, the story.


The story of No Sudden Move is a common Soderbergh trope. Guys doing a job for money where things go a little haywire. That's not to say the story isn't good because it is. No Sudden Move is about a group of criminals being hired for a job that involves the automobile industry. The story leaves you with twists and turns that make you question things about the movie. Some twists don't work but I always respect a director that takes risks. Some elements of the story are hard to follow, especially during the second act. Soderbergh does a good job of bringing all the pieces together in the third act. There's a cameo towards the end of the movie that surprised me in a good way. I won't spoil it but I'll give a hint. It's a very famous actor who's been in Soderbergh movies before. He's great in the little role that he has, especially the scene with Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro.


One complaint I have with this movie is, I wish some characters were fleshed out more. There's this on scene where Curtis played by Don Cheadle is picking up a suitcase from a woman. The scene implies they know each other but as the viewer, we don't know the context of their relationship. They could be former lovers or they can be father and daughter for all we know. I believe Soderbergh did this on the purpose to make the viewer guess. I wish we knew the backstory of Curtis and Ronald Russo, played by Benicio Del Toro. This is the biggest complaint of the movie but everything else I really enjoyed.


Is this Soderbergh's best movie? I don't believe so, but I believe he returns to form with this movie. It's a fun crime drama that keeps you entertained throughout its whole runtime. You can watch this movie on HBO Max.


Rating: 3.75/5


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