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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.
I think I might like this one just a smidge more than the first. The cast all seem to know each others rhythms better and Soderbergh seems content to just let the camera roll while they hit their beats. It becomes dangerously close to parody at times (check out Vincent Cassel dancing past laser sensors if you need convincing), but the Julia Roberts/Tess bit was such a tasty little nugget that it balances everything back out.
Watched in Media Studies class to exemplify Auteur Theory. I don't know, but I can think of filmmakers who are a much stronger demonstration of it, and even Soderbergh films that are far better choices to illustrate the theory. The film's fine, filled with all sorts of flashy and inconsistent aesthetic choices and transitions. Hadn't seen it in years. Vincent Cassel has mad moves.
Watched by William and his sister while skyping with her Canadian friend.
I watched Ocean's 11 recently, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This movie (its sequel) certainly did not disappoint. The characters were unique, strange, and lovable. The cinematography wasn't anything spectacular, but the writing, dialogue, and acting were very good. This is a great example of a film that makes you laugh every few seconds while also captivating you in its suspense, and making you feel like you're part of the heists.
In the minority but my favourite in the trilogy, but only by a small margin.
Viewed w/commentary by Steven Soderbergh & George Nofti
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My favorite scene was when Julia Roberts played someone trying to pretend to be Julia Roberts.
Entertaining, but convoluted, especially compared to the first installment. A lot of fun if you can get past the disjointed elements of the story.
I wanted to be Brad Pitt if I were a guy.
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The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?