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Twelve is the new eleven.
Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in a caper concerning three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. But Europol agent Isabel Lahiri is hot on their heels.
So this reminded me of that fat guy. You know, the one that orders the super size meals at McDonald's? And then asks for diet Coke?
A prime example of self-indulgence and delusional behaviour.
And after ordering he sits down somewhere perfectly content in his bubble of self induced bliss, clearly thinking he's having the time of his life.
And all we see is a fat guy with a smile on his face, wondering what the hell he's so happy about.
Elaborate theory why this movie is far better than most give it credit for at Criticwire - blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/oceans-twelve-is-a-great-sequel
Yesterday evening I had a great time watching the first instalment in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean trilogy, prompting me to have a go at its sequel today and reserving enough time to watch the series’ final entry tomorrow (so look out for another heist-movie review on tuesday). When I look at the IMDB-page of ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ I notice that it’s regarded as the least acclaimed and also the film the longest runtime (by a small margin) of the three. Indeed, when I then also read through the synopsis - “Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in a caper concerning three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, but Europol agent Isabel…
The first Ocean's film had a charm that wasn't just down to the starry cast and a director with flair. A complex plot that gripped you from the very off and culminated in a few welcome surprises, it had a script as dazzling as the bright lights of Las Vegas. Bringing the star names together in a playful mix of elaborate heist and comedy brought the dollars rolling in, so as expected a sequel wasn't long in coming.
Ocean's Twelve however suffers from trying to be far too clever. Moving the story to Europe and the cities of Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, and Monte Carlo, seemed like a vacation for the same eleven protagonists from Soderbergh's 2001 original. This time however…
Linus Caldwell: "What did I say?"
Danny Ocean: "You called his niece a whore."
Rusty Ryan: "A very cheap one."
Danny Ocean: "She's seven."
Ocean's Twelve is a very underrated sequel in my opinion. Its not nearly as good as the first one, but its a very good movie. It has the same great cast from the original, witty dialogue, great music, and a fun story that's full of surprises. Its no cinematic masterpiece nor is it one of the greatest sequels ever made. Its just a very entertaining film. People shouldn't be so harsh on it. 8/10
Just as fun as the first film, even if it gets a bit ludicrous at times. The way I see it, this is a sequel, it is supposed to be a bit ludicrous.
Though it may not live up to the first one, Ocean's Twelve is still a great heist film in its own right. I attribute the lost charm mostly due to its retreading of familiar ground, but it does that so well that you're likely to forgive Soderbergh - watching the banter and crazy antics that the expanded ensemble goes through is a pure joy to watch.
Letter Grade: B
"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler in both time and space, to be where I have been."
I don't see why people hate on this sequel. It's not as good or near as good as the original but it's damn solid entertainment. This time the gang goes to Europe and Soderbergh gets to really show his talent as director and cinematographer. He films Europe to perfection by showing its beauty through old buildings, streets and train stations. The music also has a heavily influenced European score that adds a lot to the film. At it's core though is the gang getting back together. This time…
Ocean's Eleven was obviously better.
This had a chaotic story and a few awkward moments. The twists were a bit calculable and just the overall feeling was less awesome. After the first film I am a bit disappointed.
So this is a weaker, messier and "bumpier" installment in this trilogy... and I enjoyed it. So much.
So the Catherine Zeta-Jones dad subplot is the most boring thing, but dang it the rest of this is just hellaciously effervescent. So goofy and charming.
Too much "comedy," not enough heisting.
Audio commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter George Nolfi. A laid back and very informative track on what is absolutely the best of the three, and I will not hear otherwise. Soderbergh discusses his stylistic inclinations, and Nolfi talks about reworking his script to fit the Ocean's gang, and recalls the questions he asked Soderbergh about while making the movie.
Also, even watching the commentary and not the movie, the name "Glen Snackwell" never fails to make me laugh.
"you're going to have to put on a very elaborate show."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This European travelogue of 12+ rich Hollywood celebrities is so lazy and ambivalent toward its audience that getting through it was quite the task. I somehow ended up seeing the Ocean's trilogy in the cinema. The first is fun, this is one of the poorest excuses for a piece of recorded 'entertainment' imaginable and the milquetoast third is forgettable.
I told someone who hadn't seen it about the contrivance in which Julia Roberts pretends to be Julia Roberts because of her resemblance to the world famous actress in order to get out of a jam. He grabbed his head and did what I can only describe as a full body heave (Elaine style) while groaning irritatedly. That was the appropriate…
This viewing upped my enjoyment and overall ranking of Ocean's Twelve, despite that ludicrous plot. It turns out that this movie has aged fairly well, though, thanks to some clever meta takes on the art/con of actors playing characters and vice versa, and the overall chemistry of the players more than making up for any other shortcomings.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney are great on screen, together and apart, and Soderbergh directs them well. Stephen Mirrione's editing was excellent. I think I could watch this a few more times without getting tired of it.
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The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?