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No Sudden Move

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Engaging heist movie has strong language, violence.

Movie R 2022 115 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Unique and engaging story from beginning to end

This film is a hold your breath caper with a lot of twists and turns. The film invites you in and then pulls the rug from under you in the first 30 minutes and then does not let you go. Great performances from great actors and a unique story. Soderbergh interweaves storytelling, historical context and strong dialogue with sharp shots and great costumes. The energy is tense and the performers have taken a deep dive into their characters and we are only too happy to swim alongside them.

Is It Any Good?

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No Sudden Move is an extremely likable caper movie that nods to many iconic films of the past. The plot's nearly incomprehensible twists and turns mimic Beat the Devil and The Big Sleep, films with famously hard-to-follow narratives. The hostage set-up echoes 1940s and '50s tension-fests Suddenly, The Desperate Hours, and Key Largo. The message of corporate corruption at the expense of a naïve public echoes the cynicism of Network, Steven Soderbergh's own Erin Brockovich (about water pollution), and Chinatown, about how wealthy parties took control of access to water in dry Southern California. Soderbergh is a student of film as much as he's a gifted filmmaker and storyteller, so his nod to past films is no surprise, nor is the film's studied noir-ish feel, as these characters seem to move through a brown cast to the air around them.

Performances are solid and reassuring, and it doesn't seem coincidental that some of the smartest characters here are women -- played by Frankie Shaw, Julia Fox, and Amy Seimetz as Matt's weary wife. The film feels most old-fashioned and unnecessarily talky when it allows an elite executive played by Matt Damon to deliver an absurdly chatty philosophical tangent that manages to offend and insult most minorities. That brings the movie around to reverse-Frank Capra territory, where we are cynically lectured, as in Network, that none of us little guys can effectively fight the powerful executives who really run things.

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