Film: Out of sight

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Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies and videotape) dives into the mainstream and surfaces with the sexiest Elmore Leonard adaptation so far. George Clooney plays a bank robber who winds up in the boot of a car with Jennifer Lopez's federal marshal after breaking out of jail. He escapes and she vows to recapture him, but she is torn between duty and desire.

Though Leonard's story is full of such contrivances, the plot's Pulp Fiction-like complexity and Soderbergh's stylish direction mitigate the film's weaknesses. Lopez and Clooney are, moreover, one of the hottest Hollywood pairings since William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in Body Heat.

Out of Sight is not the most demanding of Soderbergh's films, but it is the most broadly entertaining. In this case, that is enough.

Opens nationwide on Friday