F. Scott Fitzgerald said "Action is character." In The Lookout, Scott Frank's writing-directing debut, he tries to capture character in inaction.
Set in Kansas City, Kan., and bleak environs that could use a splash of blood, The Lookout is a heist film that climaxes in a flurry of bullets and collapsing bodies. But for long periods, the pivotal figure becomes passive and the most fascinating one gets stuck off-screen.
The Lookout (Miramax) Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels. Directed by Scott Frank. Rated R. Time 99 minutes.