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Perpetuation of some very misguiding myths. I went to Las Vegas last year, and it IS really a symbol of an empire, albeit a decaying one. A world where most of the natural rhythms are lost, and the real transgressions and follies are institutionalized and centralized in this fake city of make believe: money and power, sex and love, can be bought and sold because elsewhere missing. All this powered by an unsustainable amount of energy, perpetuating an unsustainable way of life. This movie, like it's predecessors, in some ways attacks this status quo by showing how this group of stars are in some ways "Robin Hoods" or "Lupins": criminals on the good side. A theme I usually like; but a taste that would've been sufficiently appeased by just one of these Ocean's movies.
without Don Cheedle, this would have been OK. His pathetic attempt at an English accent is embarrassing - whenever he opens his mouth it makes me cringe! Sorry Don, as an actor, you're OK, but give up with the accents, it's not your forté. The plot is a little too obvious, especially with a cast like Matt Damon (great in everything I've seen him in), Clooney, Pitt, Mac, etc; they all do a good job, but seem like they're almost sleepwalking through some parts. Casey Affleck is fun as usual. Pacino? I've never really understood why people think he's so great, but I guess it's down to personal taste. I personally think the "series" is done. But it could have been a long lasting one without such obvious stories and without the terrible terrible accent of Mr Cheedle. A shame, and not something I'd recommend going to see. Get it when it's been out at the store for a while, and only costs $1, then fast forwarding through some cringe-worthy parts will make it worth watching.
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After 10 minutes into it, I thought, "This is going waaaaay tooooo
The fast-pace from the previous two films is gone in this one. No brilliant plan, pretty straightforward and s-l-o-w.
They tell you the plan in the first few minutes of the film and basically you watch them carry it out. A lot of useless scenes that don't contribute much to the story, not enough witty comments or jokes or last-minute problems being solved brilliantly.
The ending is good, though.
Overall, the film doesn't live up to expectations. Mine anyways.
Great film, great acting, great script.
I believe this trilogy has been the best trilogy I've seen yet. The first Oceans throws you into the trilogy, immersing you into a storyline vastly superior to many. The second Oceans is a step down from the first, but it is great for what it is, a heist film, which focuses more on the heist than the gambling. The third Oceans is a great finish, it leaves you wanting more, but sadly, with the death of Barnie Mac in real life, the possibility would be in a way... disrespectful.
The third does not let down.
Most trilogies would've had this play out as all three heists, but the interesting thing is that every movie has a different plot altogether, not focused on heists as much as the storyline about the heists.
I love this trilogy, the star power, and the brilliance.
Ocean's 11 was a decent movie with a very good plot twist at the end.
Ocean's 12 was a smart comedy with very good performances from all
actors. And Ocean's 13 is a movie that passes by unnoticed.
Although performances were acceptable, the plot isn't attractive. Reuben got betrayed by Pacino, had a heart stroke and the guys want revenge. And that's fine. But Sodenbergh tries to make PAcino look like some invincible character, and his hotel like some sort of hi-tech Alcatraz where no one can steal anything, nor commit fraud because of some sort of "supercomputer" and super ultra high technology. The problem with this is that this looks so artificial and forced that is difficult to believe. There are some "funny" moments but they don't make you laugh hard.
Besides, there is no way Benedict would trust a guy like Ocean after what happened in the first movie. That's a flaw in the movie. Another flaw is that they don't explain why PAcino is so upset with Mr Bank, leaving aside the fact that the Bank hotel is supercool and is a strong competitor to the Bellagio.
One more flaw is that Sodenbergh made Toulour (one of the best's thieves of the world in O12) look like some sort of brainless thug that is easy to deceive.
For all this reasons Ocean's 13 = 5*
As far as trilogies go, well, to all those here on IMDb who clicked in
a 6 or below, I say, "what exactly do you expect from a third effort
stretching the same conceptual storyline?" I would like to chime in on
just one aspect of the movie. First, I really enjoyed the movie, and
found it to be refreshing, surprising, and full of new unpredictable
The fact that there was not a heavy presence of estrogen from some leading character made the movie all the more intelligible, at least from a majority of what I would like to think is the male perspective; how most guys would view the third Oceans. You have to consider...the role played out in the first two movies were weak anyway, (I say this to all who feel that a woman lead character was missing from the third movie) and just a bit of filler at best if you really consider it as I just typed. I liked the third Ocean's effort without that dominant female character. I thought it brought just the right measure of thievery. Yeah, to those who felt gypped from a lack of female presence, well ya know what? You WERE robbed! HA - HA!
Sometimes I like to watch mainstream, blockbuster extravaganza type movies. Sometimes I just wanna mimic Al Bundy, stick my hands down my pants and just completely unravel myself in an entertaining Hollywood, star-powered, cinema party. So I go out and rent Ocean's 13. And ya know what? It did the trick. The movie had the wit, the charm, the star-power and the pretty fun story to pass 2 hours of my miserable life. I suppose at a couple times during the flick I had to think a little bit about what was going on since this story was pretty involving with what they were trying to accomplish; a heist, a man-made earthquake, seducing women....lotsa stuff. But hell, I had fun while watching it and I reckon you will too.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007, Dir. Steven Soderbergh)
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.
The first movie, 'Ocean's Eleven' was a success and very enjoyable. 'Ocean's Twelve' although was fun but very confusing. 'Oceans's Thirteen' was definitely an improvement over the second film. The story was more structured, and although still contained flashbacks, was still easy to follow. The cast are all back and still great. Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones are missing from this film, but it is no great loss, and Al Pacino are certainly someone who would make up to it. His scenes are just great and some of the best scenes involve him. Although both the first movie and the third movie have aspects better than the other, the end of the trilogy is definitely an ending that only most trilogies could ask for.
"$hit. $hit. $hit." - Yen (Shaobo Qin)
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The third "Oceans" movie is something of a return to form after the
irritating self indulgence and in-jokes of "Ocean's Twelve". It still
isn't nearly as sharp as "Ocean's Eleven", but I think there is enough
good stuff here that fans of "Eleven" will like "Thirteen".
I find that I have to agree with the comments that you have to suspend belief and critical thinking to swallow either the plot or some of the character's reactions to certain plot events.Mostly, I enjoyed it for the way the actors inhabited their roles and for the glittering high polish portrayal of Las Vegas itself.
For all his overexposure and tabloid hijinks, Brad Pitt can still make you forget all that when he is on screen; he shows why he is still worth the Big Bucks in this movie. "Rusty" continues to be the coolest and most likable smug bastard in recent movie memory, with George Clooney's "Danny Ocean" right behind him. And everyone here has just the right combination of savvy, cool, and likability.
***mild spoiler*** I did have some trouble with the Damon/Barkin seduction scenes. Although the "Sponder" character was delineated as a grade A, pure-dee "bitch", it was a still bit troubling watching her get sandbagged by "the Gilroy" gimmick. Yes, nothing actually happened, but really, there isn't that much functional difference using the Gilroy and slipping Rohypnol into her champagne. The movie loses a star for that little gaffe. ***end mild spoiler***
The dialog also seems to be a little sharper this time around, and Soderberg made the right choice by returning the setting to Vegas and keeping it there ***mild spoiler*** except for a weird diversion to Mexico for several scenes that really only seemed to be there to give Casey Affleck and Scott Caan something to do. That cost the movie another star***end mild spoiler***
I think what really puts the spark back into the story is that the feel is a little warmer this time around - the little kicker in the last 20 seconds of the film especially gave it just the right note.
So, yes, I liked it. There's no way the plot could hold up to close examination, but there were so many great lines and character bits and beautiful shots of Vegas and cool musical cues that the movie won me over. I'll probably get all three Oceans" movie when the inevitably trilogy DVD pack comes out in a year or three, just for all the neat little moments scattered like gems throughout.
If you like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, caper films, Vegas films, make it a point to seek this one out.
I was transported back to the early sixties during the opening credits to this film. The big band sound saturated you with that Rat Pack sensation where you almost expect Sinatra, Dean and Davis Jr. to walk out into the theater and serenade you with some new material. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen, and if I had a copy of this movie, I would have to play it a second time just to be able to play along with the new establishment of the Rat Pack. I have to interject a side story that seems to have paralleled the filming of this movie, so bear with me because I think it probably helped to guide this movie and probably saved it from some film making pitfalls: The new Rat Pack consist of primarily George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon with charter memberships with Elliot Gould, Carl Reiner and Bernie Mac (who recently announced his retirement from film - we'll see if that's true eventually). The reports say that during the shooting of the entire filming, they had one huge high steaks poker game going on that the entry fee started at $50,000. Sometimes I wonder if their heads were in the movie or the game. There were more than just the Rat Pack in play here, and most of the cast had it's opportunity to cash in on the game. I guess my problem with this movie was the cohesiveness of the script. Sometimes it just had the Valley Girl mentality to it: "And then he went:"Whoa", and then the other dude said: ".. but then this guy said this, and everything feel apart", and then the first guy said: "DUDE! He should have talked to me first" and then.... The timing sequences were OK save the somewhat arbitrary plot tanglers that almost plagued this story like clockwork. BUT!!! The ending is always so much fun, and the final insults of retribution so well planned that you just can't help enjoy yourself to the point where the film almost redeems its self. As usually, it seems that Clooneys' Ocean has ever been calculating all possible angles to this objective that the ending satisfies anyones annoyance at paying taxes. The bad guy (Pacino) gets reamed, that's all that matters. Also, I have always been an Ellen Barkin fan. Even though the use of this woman is extremely limited in this film, does anyone know where I can get a pheromone injection like Damon uses during the latter part of this film? Again, not quite thumbs up, but definitely not thumbs down.
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