'No Sudden Move' revives the 1950s crime thriller for the streaming age

Steven Soderbergh continues his prolific directing streak withNo Sudden Move,” a 1950s crime thriller that’s an obvious ode to the movies of that era and a nifty showcase for its sizable cast, topped by 唐·奇德尔 and Benicio del Toro. The film premieres on HBO Max, the director’s second title for the streaming service in seven months, 以下 Let Them All Talk.

Owing a debt to nostalgia-dipped movies likeDevil in a Blue Dressand the Coen brothers (the film stylistically resembling the most recent season ofFargo”), the action unfolds in 1954 底特律, where Cheadle’s Curt Goynes and Del Toro’s Ronald Russo are thrown together to handle what should be a pretty basic job: holding a family hostage long enough to compel the patriarch (David Harbour) to hand over some precious documents.
The plan not surprisingly goes awry, unleashing a series of twists, crosses and double-crosses, starting with the fact that Goynes and Russo aren’t entirely sure who’s behind the whole scheme, having only been told, not very convincingly, 那 “some outfit out of Illinois wants to expand to Detroit.
    Burying his usual charm under a cool exterior and gruff, whispered voice, Cheadle establishes Curt as a guy who it’s probably wise not to underestimate, while Ronald is a more loquacious fellow with bad habits, among them seducing the wrong women.
      Working from a script by Ed Solomon (的 “法案 & Ted 和 “Men in Blackrenown), Soderberghfresh off his Oscar producing stintenlists a strong array of supporting players, among them Jon Hamm as a fed looking into what’s happening and Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser and Bill Duke as underworld figures who cross the central pair’s path.
        Solomon has crafted a pretty clever device to undergird the story, one that involves the 1950s auto industry, which brings logic to the Detroit setting. 同时, that plotafter an extremely good, tension-filled startgrows a little too convoluted and border-line confusing down the stretch, especially since it’s structurally an old Hitchcock-ian MacGuffin to set the action in motion.
        No Sudden Movefares better with the quirky, unpredictable nature of the characters, the impeccable period touchesfrom the overall look to the musicand disarmingly witty bits of dialogue, such as one tough guy snarling, “You’re not smart enough to know how not smart you are.There’s also a terrific performance by Amy Seimetz in what could easily have been a throwaway role.
          那说, the film represents the sort of lightweight offering that possessed scant theatrical prospects even before Covid, making the advent of streaming both a godsend for getting such movies made and a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of their perceived commercial limitations.
            No Sudden Move” 是, quite deliberately, a movie the way they used to make ’em. The fact that it’s confined to HBO Max subscribers serves as a clear demonstration of the way they currently release ’em.
            No Sudden Movepremieres July 1 on HBO Max, 哪一个, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.