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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.
Slick but soulless.
Part 6 of The House Challenge in which I try and watch and review all the movies I haven't seen in my house.
Yard Sale Movie #6* *Re-Watch Review: Reviewing from Memory* (I don't have time to watch the movies I've already seen again, I'd be here for years)
Title: Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Directed by: Steven Soderberg
Written by: Brian Coppleman, David Levien
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino
Description: Third instalment in the casino heist "Ocean's" series. The crew gets back together to get revenge on a casino owner who ripped off a friend.
Thoughts: Fun enough, but lacks the focus of the original, and the perfect heists pulled in 11 and 12 rob a lot of tension from another laid back heist. Still, better than Ocean's Twelve.
Recommendation: Not really, but Ocean's Eleven (the 2001 version) is a lotta fun.
Fate: Yard Sale (not a bad film, but I probably won't watch it again).
Jerk Off Fest The Final Gangbang.
A major rebound from the bloated catastrophe that was Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen goes back to the basics of Ocean's Eleven. The film is refreshingly lean when it comes to plot. It's not even 10 minutes in before the guys start plotting their revenge against Al Pacino's Willy Bank, while Julia Roberts' Tess and Catherine Zeta-Jones' Isabel are both absent, freeing the film of any sort of romantic subplot. Ocean's Thirteen knows what you want to see and wastes no time in giving it to you.
One problem does leak over from the second film, though. Like with "Twelve", this third entry has a tendency to put too much focus on the details of each part of the job and…
Pacino vs Garcia!
successfully welds the knotty convolution of eleven with the inconsequential, laid-back charm of twelve, but without quite bettering either. shame to see the female representation wilt so shamefully after the 300% improvement of its predecessor too. it's soderbergh though, so it's bleeding style even at its laziest.
Some of the joys of the Ocean's series are muted when I watch them out of sequence. Particularly this one, which features the least-realistic heist of the entire trilogy.
Still, it's well-shot and consistently enjoyable even if there aren't any standout moments.
My favorite moment might actually be a conversation that Pitt and Clooney have in front of the fountains at The Bellagio.
AN ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL FARCE, THROUGH AND THROUGH. A strange, but particular favorite of mine.
Some quick notes following my recent re-watch of the film:
- This film only exists because everyone involved had so much fun making them and wanted to do it again. You can kind of tell. And I'm totally fine with it!
- David Holmes' percussion heavy score is so good. So cool.
- Eddie Izzard is back, which is wonderful.
- Man, this movie is so absurd! Again, I really don't care.
- What the hell is up with the Verdana subtitles?
- Matt Damon is at his best this time around. So, so, funny.
- What exactly is up with Scott Caan's facial hair
- I have to say the CGI hotel looks really great. Totally convincing.
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