Steven Soderbergh’s new film has gone under the radar a bit. Entitled “No Sudden Move”, the feature film was released exclusively on HBO Max, which is not yet available in France. Fortunately, Canal + has been distributing the film since September 8.
No Sudden Move : Steven Soderbergh’s new film
Decidedly, Steven Soderbergh is a very productive filmmaker right now. While he said he wanted to retire after Side effects, he made a thunderous comeback with a new idea: shoot movies at The Iphone. Thus, on this principle, in 2018, he staged Paranoia, then he goes on with The Laundromat and High Flying Bird in 2019, and The Great Crossing in 2020.
With No Sudden Move, Steven Soderbergh returns to gangster movies, a genre he had since abandoned Logan lucky. For the occasion, he surrounds himself with an explosive cast, notably composed of Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbor, Jon Hamm, Matt Damon and Ray Liotta. It is also necessary highlight the presence of Brendan Fraser, back in a significant role after years of slack.
What is it about ?
No Sudden Move takes place in 1954 and follows the fate of two little robbers embarked on a story that goes beyond them. Unfortunately for them, they both have some trouble with the underworld: the first for money and the second for a woman’s story. They are then hired for a mission which seems quite simple and which is very well paid: to supervise the family of an accountant who works for General Motors. Obviously, the plan goes awry and the two men become moving targets. They then decide to go up the crime pyramid to find out who trapped them!
What’s more, the backdrop of No Sudden Move is inspired by real events. Indeed, throughout the film, there is a question of a mysterious document. But neither the characters, nor the spectators know what this famous paper contains. It’s called a MacGuffin : the use of a script element that will be useful much later in the script. In the last act of the film, all the dimensions of the stratagem are finally brought to light, and the spectators, like the protagonists, learn the content of the document. And the latter has an unexpected real strength.
Inspired by a True Story ?
Indeed, the document that the two heroes stole contains plans for a catalytic converter. This is an innovation that allows cars to emit less pollution. The major automakers have knowingly decided to hide this information in the eyes of users, the press and the government. Before the end credits, a text scrolls, explaining that years later, the government sued major automakers for covering up such information and have deliberately chosen catalytic converter technology.
Obviously, not everything is true in Steven Soderbergh’s film. The Ministry of Justice has indeed denounced the four major car manufacturers for having conspired from 1953 to 1969 to delay the manufacture and installation of anti-pollution devices on their cars. But the rest is pure fiction. Screenwriter Ed Solomon explained, among other things, that:
There are distant parallels to real people, and references to things like the Purple Gang and various other elements of Detroit are real. But the characters of Don and Benicio are completely fictitious. It’s not based on a true story, but the backdrop contains real events.
Thereby, since September 8, No Sudden Move is available exclusively on Canal +. And we highly recommend Steven Soderbergh’s film, which is therefore back in great shape. Indeed, No Sudden Move is a classy, silent and surprisingly enjoyable gangster movie. Steven Soderbergh signs one of his best films in a long time, barely led by an impressive cast, and a well-crafted drawer scenario.