Storyline is still quite secretive, but this we know: The original 11 are back in Vegas. Their former nemesis Terry Benedict (Garcia), having locked horns with badasssed mogul Willie Banks (Pacino), approaches Danny Ocean (Clooney) for help in taking him down.
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The Ocean’s Series are heist films. The first was a cracker, the second not so good, and this comes in last. At least here the action is set back in Las Vegas. But where’s the heist?
Like the other films, the premise is nice and simple. Reuben, father figure to Danny Ocean’s gang is double crossed by Willy Bank, a ruthless casino owner. The shock puts Reuben into the hospital, and the gang vow to get even. Danny decides that they will take Willy Bank down on the night of the opening of his new casino- The Bank.
The casting, as always, is epic. George Clooney as Danny Ocean is one of the best things about this film. Not just because his character is so fantastically unflappable, but mainly because he’s got such a gravelly, gravelly voice. Al Pacino as Willy Bank is fantastic. Plus there are some great cameos. Watch for Vincent Cassel popping up once again. Even Oprah joins the party- in a horribly ham fisted attempt to make Danny Ocean more sympathetic.
But why is it so boring? The first problem is that the whole thing lacks finesse. The sub-plots are annoying and obvious, and more suited to that particularly grating brand of French comedy than any kind of Rat Pack cool. And everyone’s just a bit earnest. They’ve got good intentions, whether helping Reuben, or freeing Mexican workers (a bizarre twist), but it doesn’t make for compelling viewing. Secondly, for a film based around gambling, the stakes are too low. It all feels easy in this film.
But the major problem is that this film feels like a dinosaur. When 'Ocean’s 11' opened, even though it was a remake, it felt sophisticated in terms of plot- and the all important twist. Now, six years on, we’re awash with gritty shows with complex plots, double crossing bad guys and elaborate gadgets, where the audience is always actively encouraged to put the pieces together.
Turns out that even for this apparently golden franchise, thirteen is unlucky. They’ve played it safe, and totally shortchanged the audience in the process. I think it’s fair to say that rather than maturing properly- a la Mr Clooney, it seems this franchise has folded.
[Reviewed by Beatrix Coles]
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I feel the Ocean's films try too hard... too hard to be stylish, to be funny, to be cool. Ends up being none of the above. Too many stars being cast make it strange also - like it's a talent parade. The best are Matt Damon, Casey Affleck & Eddie Izzard - Al Pacino too was great.
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