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Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.
Sometimes after rewatching a film I wasn't planning to watch, I come to Letterboxd to log it only to encounter a rating I can't make sense of. When I joined I just rated films I've seen from memory.
My memory sucks as I really don't know why I rated this three stars.
This was on the telly tonight and I just happened to pass by, got sucked in by the company it was keeping and the buckets of charm it was oozing. The entertainment it provides is effortless and smooth, strengthened by the natural way the impressive ensemble cast bounce off of each other.
Just a fantastic bit of escapism.
"I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place, and I'll never forget it."
Ocean's Eleven commits three of the cardinal sins of Hollywood filmmaking:
1. Thou shalt not profit off the success of a previous film.
2. Thou shalt not deliver comedy primarily through talented actors reading a humorous script.
3. Thou shalt not hold thine audience in suspense by means of misdirection or withholding information.
Yet somehow, by the glorious magic of Steven Soderbergh's tight pacing, skillful cinematography and classy soundtrack, as well as his wonderful collaboration with writer Ted Griffin, it succeeds in robbing me of my heart.
This isn't a movie, it's a magic trick.
Disposable entertainment that helps ease the pain of living this cruel life that we are forced to live.
Good heist films are rare, but when they are made they tend to become instant hits, because everybody loves them. There is absolutely no shame in admitting you do by the way. The art of the steal, the baddy as the film’s protagonist, glorification of the life of a thief, these are thrilling aspects of the sub-genre that grand them their gratification. ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, which I had never seen before even though being a huge Brad Pitt fan, is no exception to this rule of thumb and with a talented director as Soderbergh behind the steer wheel, nothing stops this all-stars cast from shining in the attractive roles they have been offered to play. And why wouldn’t they? They get…
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"You guys are pros. The best. I'm sure you can make it out of the casino. Of course, lest we forget, once you're out the front door, you're still in the middle of the fucking desert!"
Ocean's Eleven is one of the most original heist films ever made. And it's not because of how smart it is, or the way the heist goes down - it's in the way which director, Steven Soderbergh approaches the material. In no way is this a 'serious' heist films (such as Thief or Heat). It's a film that can be watched over and over - merely for the enjoyment of the dialogue. Rather than taking the route of…
The main reason to rewatch this was a recent visit to Las Vegas, and it's striking how this film captures the masses of people while still finding an exclusive angle that is hard to imagine when you walk through the Bellagio casino.
Other than that I'm still underwhelmed by this film. The cast is fantastic but too large to have so much focus on a boring George Clooney. I love both Clooney and Soderbergh, but not together in these roles. The throwback suave heist thing they are going for is so far less interesting than when they actually have something to say with their films.
Achja. Ich kann immer wieder nur sagen, dass ich auf Bankraubfilme bzw. Heistfilme stehe. Dieser Film bzw. diese Reihe macht ein perfekte Kombination aus Heist und interessante Charaktere.
Immer und immer wieder gucke ich sehr gerne diese Filme an. Die Dialoge sind erstklassig, sowie das Zusammenspiel der Crew. Es gibt kaum etwas auszusetzen und empfehlenswert ist definitv die ganze Reihe.
Jerk Off Fest Part 1
Ocean's Eleven features a great script and story, an all-star cast, and good pacing and direction from Steven Soderbergh. It may be unrealistic and sometimes its annoying in a movie when everything works perfectly as planned, but it's a hell of a heist movie. Love the concept and the execution of it. All the costume designs and the changing of characters throughout the heist are awesome. The writing is great and the actors play off of each other well. A really good film.
Listen to our full discussion of Ocean's Eleven on my podcast, I Like To Movie Movie.
An all-time, kick back and relax, enjoy your rainy Saturday afternoon movie. It's cool, it's fun, it's funny, it's stylish. It's got great performances from some of our great, working actors. I could watch Clooney and Pitt smoulder at each other all day. And the plot mechanics are just tricky enough that it is really rewatchable and feels sort of surprising every time. This is just a good time at the movies.
Effortlessly, impossibly cool
I think this Soderbergh kid might have a future in the business.
Slow paced heist flick. Not really for me.
Just as much fun as I remember. I have a few ideas for a sequel.
- "Ocean's Three Hundred Twenty Five". It's just 90 minutes of 'gathering the team' montage, profiling 350 characters. The last 3 minutes is everybody running into a casino at once and grabbing anything they can get their hands on.
- "Ocean's Eleven presents: Clooney's Eleven". The stars of the Ocean's series decide they could all rob a casino in real life. It's a madcap mess as they fuck up royally, but then they accidentally pull it off. The gang will return again in "Ocean's Eleven presents: Ocean's Twelve".
One of my favourite films even though it's a lot of nothing. I find everyone in it charming and funny and it's fun to see the two dimensional villain get his comeuppance. There's not much to say about it except that if you haven't watched it then do it!
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