Movie Reviews: No Sudden Move Is An Instant Cult Classic


Located in Detroit in 1954, No sudden movement (15A) opens with Curt (Don Cheadle) joining forces with fellow criminals Ronald (Benicio del Toro) and Charley (Kieran Culkin) to “keep” Mary Wertz (Amy Seimetz) and her children while her husband Matt (David Harbor) is forced to steal a document from his office safe. Is everything going as planned? No.

Written by Ed Salomon, No sudden movement is Steven Soderbergh’s latest eccentric black: When the babysitting job goes awry, Curt, Ronald, and Charley realize they’ve been put together by gangsters Frank Capelli (Ray Liotta) and Aldrick Watkins (Bill Duke), and so begins a cat-and-mouse thriller that may well contain more double and triple crosses, twists and turns, than any movie in cinema history. With fierce investigator Joe Finney (Jon Hamm) on their trail, criminals rush around Detroit, dodge and dive, and strike deals, all of it is a futile exercise as fate inexorably tightens their grip.

It’s no coincidence that the story takes place almost exactly at the height of film noir: as the title suggests, No sudden movement is a lovingly crafted tribute to Hollywood’s greatest B-movies, with Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro superbly performed as weary thugs of the world who understand the odds have been incredibly stacked against them since before they were born. Add the latest in a long line of superbly understated jazz-funk scores from longtime Soderbergh collaborator David Holmes, and No sudden movement effortlessly achieves instant cult classic status. (Sky Cinema / NOW)


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