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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.
Ocean’s Eleven is a meticulous heist film that tells the story of Danny Ocean, a fresh out of jail thief who plans to rob three Las Vegas casinos with the help of eleven specialists. Everything starts to make sense when we discover that Ocean's original plan is to rob the current millionaire boyfriend of his ex-wife.
The obvious strength of Steven Soderbergh's film is the way it grabs your attention and how the American director sucks you into his dirty world of crime and theft. It's impossible to resist to the charm of the film, Steven Soderbergh is so meticulous telling his story and his film is so entertaining and consuming that you just can't take your eyes off the…
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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'Who gets the penne?'
This might just be the best heist-film ever made. Steven Soderbergh is at his usual best, as well as being reunited with Julia Roberts who is surrounded by a more than capable troupe of Hollywood A-listers.
Daniel Ocean aka George Clooney and his merry band of delinquents decide to screw over Las Vegas almost-billionaire Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) in order kill time and conveniently avenge the demise of one of their own, or, as is unveiled later in the plot, to get an ex-wife back.
Surprisingly, everything that can go wrong during the heist goes right, which gives the spectator a chance to actually focus on the characters instead of just the robbery. The plot twist…
Smooth criminal Daniel Ocean (George Clooney not Frank Sinatra) is paroled and goes to work immediately on his revenge/recovery of his lost love. He recruits a crack team of colorful crime tropes to help him pull off the heist of the century and has a hell of a good time doing it. Basically it's two hours of mugging. But honestly, the muggers are hella good at it. You probably already hate them. Or you love them before they're even introduced. No one will have their pre-loaded opinions changed by this film, but I'm behind Soderbergh and while it's no Out of Sight, I couldn't begrudge he and Clooney the chance to play again and make a whole lotta money. Best moment: it's all one moment.
One of my favorite heist movies. The whole cast is great, but George Clooney and Brad Pitt's chemistry stands out as one of best duos I've seen. Love this movie.
Excellent cast. Excellent director. Excellent film. Just a ton of fun and you can tell the cast was having fun, too.
A great casts made me want to watch Ocean's Eleven. And I love it. It was fun to watch.
With great humor, wit, and style, Soderbergh gives us more of his prowess with an all star cast and a heist that keeps you guessing all the way to its completion.
Slick but a little over indulgent.
The polish on this film has finally worn off a bit. I've seen too many amazing movies in the last few years to call this perfect anymore. None the less, this is a perfect movie for putting on in any situation and just letting play. The kind of movie you stop on every time you are flipping channels and see it on your tv.
Movies just don't get more stylish than this. 'Ocean's Eleven' is an engine designed to produce slick, fun, and effecient story-telling. The characterization is pretty slim to be sure (I wouldn't be surprised if the script listed the character names as "George Clooney", "Brad Pitt", and "Matt Damon"), but the dialogue (no, not dialogue, banter) is so fun and smartly written, the editing so whip smart, and the score so bubbling and smooth that it just doesn't matter. It's a blast, plain and simple.
MY THREE WORDS
Slick, bright, tight.
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