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Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and are composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that him and his team will do anything to bring Willy Bank and everything he's got down. Even if it includes hiring help from one of their own enemies, Terry Benedict.
Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven mixed an old school heist story with a modern technology age where thinking outside of the box is a must. About as clever a plot has been this century until Nolan's Inception, the film had style, a top notch cast, and just that little bit of magic that can come when you put proper Hollywood star wattage into a production. Ocean's Twelve I must admit left me cold. It tried to take that magic and give it a European setting without success (for least for me), so when a third film was commissioned I was apprehensive as to what we'd get.
Ocean's Thirteen sees the gang back together again and back in Vegas. This time the…
For the third and last time, Danny Ocean calls in the help of his team to complete another heist. Getting down to the core of my review straight away: this time the heist itself - although not as imaginative and well-written as in the first film - is at least the core aspect of the story and planned carefully instead of suspended until the last minutes. In that department Steven Soderbergh tumps the previous instalment. What ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, however, didn’t offer, and which Eleven did, is a plot in which the main players get to actually play. There is way too little Brad Pitt screen time and even the abundant amount of side characters that have been introduced over the…
Having rewatched all three of the Ocean's films within a short period of time (the last two within 24 hours of each other), I find myself puzzled by the second one. There's no doubt that the third movie is superior to its predecessor and that it captures some of the magic of the first film in the series. But what is different about that second movie? It is simply that the second movie was set in Europe, and that the Ocean movies work best when they take place in Las Vegas? Is it because the second movie was a little too self referential and impressed with its own cleverness?
I still maintain that the second movie isn't a bad movie,…
Ocean's team is back in Vegas for yet another heist! This time, it's for revenge! The heist is smarter (relative to Twelve) but they cut down on the quirky/silly part. I'm not sure what I feel about that; what I'm sure about though is that Pacino's performance is magnificent. In fact, everyone involved in the Ocean's Trilogy is magnificent. I can't quite understand why are people complaining? To be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the series! Sure, Eleven is the best among them, but the other two are not as bad as everyone claimed it to be either.
Soderbergh is without a doubt an amazing filmmaker. Until now, I've still not come across a soderbergh film which I am not fond of. (I've never watched Magic Mike)
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όλες αυτές οι αντρικές-circa-esquire-1973 ρομαντζοϊστορίες για Αυτή Την Πόλη, και τον σινάτρα, και τη μεγάλη μπάζα, ε, τις στηρίζει το άτιμο, γιατί είναι όντως το πιο ρομαντικό από τα τρία. γιατί το κίνητρο δεν είναι ούτε τα λεφτά, ούτε μια γυναίκα- είναι ένας φίλος που προδόθηκε από εκείνον που δε σεβάστηκε τη Χειραψία Με Τον Σινάτρα, και που ήταν πιο αδίστακτος και ιερόσυλος από ό,τι η Αγάπη Για Το Παιχνίδι διατάζει. είναι διαποτισμένο με old versus new γλυκιά μελαγχολία το έργο, από τη μηχανή παντογνώστη του julian sands ("αναλογικοί παίχτες σε ψηφιακό κόσμο") μέχρι τον 'ξεπερασμένο' ρούμπεν που δίνει ώθηση στην ιστορία, και μέχρι τις μικρές στιγμές του brad και του george που δε χρειάζονται πάνω από δυο λόγια τη φορά για να μεταδώσουν αυτό που λέει κι αυτό που είναι η ταινία: το τελευταίο μεγάλο κόλπο, η τελευταία μεγάλη πλάκα δύο (τριών, δεκατριών) αγοριών που ξέρουν πως μεγαλώνουν.
Wind it up and just watch how the little bits fit together. Skilful entertainment, derivative of the first one, but it's not as if that's accidental.
Rare occasion where the cast look like they're having fun, but not at your expense.
Letter Grade: C+
"Oh, the nose plays."
The only point of this one was to get the gang back together and have some fun and hope that we the audience also have some fun. I had some fun because it's Danny and the gang having another fun heist in Vegas. Unfortunately though this one is a rehash of the classic original of the trilogy and it's not close to that level. Even Al Pacino as the antagonist can't make this one near as good. It was fun seeing Casey Affleck's Virgil go to Mexico and start a workers strike. It was fun seeing Matt Damon's Linus finally get an assignment on his own and actually come through. This one has some solid fun and some solid humor because of the great chemistry between the group. Overall though Steven Soderbergh and the gang fail to come close to the first or even the sequel.
Unlike Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen has an exponentially better balance of comedy and heisting. Nearly as good as Ocean's Eleven (2001).
As for a minor nitpick, I disliked the not-so-subtle product placement throughout the film, such as Brad Pitt drinking Starbucks in the center of the frame, a bowl of Tootsie Rolls in the middle of a man's desk; small stuff like that. Not a deal breaker, but something I noticed here and there.
It's a classic. And it's interesting enough to spend two hours watching it at 1am.
I always forget how these movies aren't just fun, they're legitimately great. (Good) Con films always know how to change the POV properly and consistently, keeping us and the characters within the film on our toes.
After 'Eleven' was a surprise hit and 'Twelve' was a surprise disappointment, 'Thirteen' is... also a disappointment, sadly. Despite grounding it's plot back down from the overcomplicated mess of Ocean's Twelve, it still ends up being a pale imitation of the original.
There were some good parts, Al Pacino is a great addition as the villain and the scenes with Casey Affleck and Scott Caan were really fun. The plot is easier to follow this time around, though it doesn't really do anything new and just repeats the formula from Ocean's Eleven. It's very well made and the directing is on point, but as a whole the film is very forgettable.
It's got some decent moments packed into an otherwise mediocre and largely boring film. Seems like the Ocean's trilogy was best left at 11.
This is the weakest... well, weakest isn't the right word for it. Its the least daring of the three films in its style and narrative. It is an awesome enjoyable films though.
Steven Soderbergh returns to Vegas for another complicated heist. This time the audience and cast has a lot of fun pulling it off.
"Ocean's Thirteen" has a slow first act, but the last half is so incredibly entertaining and fun, that I completely forgot about the first half. It still retains the likeable characters and good chemistry from the first two. But the humor, not so much. There are funny moments, but they go out of they're way for laughs most of the time. Overall, "Ocean's Thirteen" has a great last half, but a mediocre first half.
they end up so trashy but I still watch them
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