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What are the odds of getting even? 13 to one.
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)
THE SOUNDTRACK IS STILL STUCK IN MY HEAD SEND HELP
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.
"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
I like that they toned it down a bit compared to the second installment in terms of convoluting the con to the point where they needed to sit the characters down to explain what the hell just happened. That being said, it doesn't feel as tight and creative as the original. Still an enjoyable ride, though.
Tentative personal ranking:
11 > 13 > 12
Sue me, I like these, and Thirteen was better than I'd remembered. I dig Soderbergh's camera placement and editing, how he tweaks conventions to make things look just different, just off-kilter enough that they get your attention. Also, this is about family, albeit a supremely male family. The opening lines have Danny and Rusty sort of shrug off the absence of their respective significant others, simply (and twice over) saying, "It's not their fight." Eleven was about Danny getting Tess back, and a whole lot of money. Twelve was about the crew not getting killed for what they did in Eleven. But here, they band together solely out of loyalty to Ruben. "It doesn't matter if we win, only that…
AFTER 5 YEARS AND 2 ATTEMPTS, I FINALLY FINISHED THE TRILOGY.
"Maybe Friday I can get tickets for the dance, and I'll take you." Okay, let's cut off that lame lyric right there, although the point I'm trying to make by shamelessly quoting Big Star's "Thirteen" is that "Thirteen" still has plenty of "Big Stars", even though Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julia Roberts bailed out for this, with *sniffle, sniffle* Bernie Mac securing his place outside of the game after. Not to sound insensitive, but I doubt Mac's death is really what shut this series down, because he was barely used throughout this franchise, and if they wanted a token black guy in this crew (British Don Cheadle most certainly doesn't count), then they could just get Ving Rhames to reprise his…
Absolutely love this sequel. The side players really shine. David Paymer, Al Pacino, and Ellen Barkin are perfectly cast. David Levien and Brian Koppleman take simple revenge story and with inspired and often hilarious in-jokes involving The Godfather and the actor's real personal lives.
Not as good as the prequel, but a great way to end the trilogy.
Ok but running off coat tails of 11 and 12.
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