"I've always had an attraction to caper movies," director Steven Soderbergh tells
, "and certainly there are analogies to making a film. You have to put the right crew together, and if you lose, you go to movie jail."
"You've got a crazy idea," he explains to
. "Odds are, it's not going to work out, or at least not going to go the way you think. You put a team together, things go wrong, you come out the other end and hopefully you survive."
Soderbergh's heist movie,
, "features a crew of loopy hillbillies and working-class losers, as well as a NASCAR race, says
. "'They have no money, they have no tech,' says Soderbergh. "And because of their circumstances and plain bad luck, there was this soulful undercurrent that I liked a lot."
"Soderbergh films the movie with swing, relishing the overlapping and intertwining strands of the complex plot, the brightly lit personalities of the characters it involves," says
, "and the magnificently conceived, essential tiny details that go into the realization of a grand and risky enterprise. (Some of those details involve hand-painted cockroaches, a sip of dirty water, a bag of gummy bears, two pencil leads, some subtle automotive derring-do, and the fine print of phone bills.) What's more, the film's warm-hearted and good-humored ending delivers a devastatingly ironic sting with a delicate touch."