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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…
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,…
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…
Hewing more closely to the first film without coming across as a lazy rehash and featuring a great new villain in Al Pacino, Ocean's Thirteen serves as a strong conclusion to Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, still retaining the sharp dialogue, slick direction, great performances, snappy pacing, and awesome jazzy soundtrack.
Plans upon plans made up of a million moving pieces. Scenes of questioning and missteps to the greater picture are immediately followed by some of the coolest "gotcha!" moments in the trilogy, with a new revelation around every corner. Relaxation thrives through the calm hangout vibes between its characters and Soderbergh's still mind-blowing colour palate and camerawork. I wish the sky looked as blue in real life as it does in his films.
By far the most overlooked chapter in the Oceans Trilogy which is a damn shame because it's pretty great. These are all things that occur in the film.
1. George Clooney and Brad Pitt shed a tear or two while watching a segment of Oprah while also planning part of their heist. Brilliant.
2. Don Cheadle dresses up as an Evel Knievel type character who is in full costume as he yells at Al Pacino. In this scene Don Cheadle has American flags painted (?) onto his teeth.
3. Casey Affleck with his full handlebar mustache and Scott Caan lead a strike over wages at a factory in Mexico and throw a Molotov Cocktail over a fence at riot police.…
The third and probably weakest of the trilogy is still good fun although we're lacking Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones and the "sting" is even more preposterous this time.
Al Pacino joins the cast as a ruthless billionaire - not inspired by any real life personality so far as I'm aware - and the object of the gang's attention. It's a role he can walk through but he makes for an enjoyable villain.
Brits will appreciate Eddie Izzard's crafty mention of Morcambe and Wise
As with OCEAN'S 12, this is better than it's reputation.
I will always, always, always, always love this series. It's just effortlessly cool and has a lot of good vibes throughout it.
Better than the second, but not as good as the first. If this had been the first film it would have been groundbreaking and one of the best movies of 2007. Sadly, it's the third, but you should still it check out.
More scenes with Al Pacino and Andy Garcia together badly needed!!
Essentially a best of, though Al Pacino is making a meal outta that scenary. Far better than oceans 12.
The weakest of the Ocean's trilogy, and yet still a lot of fun. Perfect light viewing.
In the conclusion to the Ocean's trilogy, Soderbergh's effortless yet clinical direction carries a film with precisely one instance of characterization (in which Bank stiffs Reuben). Fortunately, the actors on hand make up for this lack of character development with their celebrity personas, while the jazz score, kinetic shot composition, and neon-grain color palette pick up any narrative slack. And yes, the heist is absurd, but let's be honest: we the audience came mainly to watch Pitt and Clooney be cool, calculating, and sexy.
It is a step-up from Twelve, but this still feels all rather perfunctory - its obvious the cast are having a ball, but somewhere along the line they seem to have forgotten to bring the audience along with them. Pacino never feels more than stunt-casting - each of the sequels have failed to present a more worthy adversary than Garcia from the original and here again his cameo only serves to remind how great he was. It's all fairly entertaining yet forgettable, and the overblown ending lacks any real surprises.
Really every Harry Potter sequel is better than the first one.