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After the disaster of Ocean's 12 there was only one way: up. Therefore,
Ocean's 13 inevitably improves although it's not surprising Julia
Roberts and Catherine Zeta Jones dropped out. The ridiculously likable
crew are back, getting revenge on a businessman (Al Pacino) who conned
their friend. It relocates the action back to Vegas, where it belongs,
and this time they were polite enough to actually include a heist.
Concluding the trilogy in better than expected fashion, O13 restores
the trilogy to glamorous, slick, stylish glory and still shines
brighter than the majority of the lights on the strip. It doesn't
measure up the original. Don Cheadle is as jarring as ever and there
are some irritating jokes and the heist sometimes feels lost in the
comedy. It can be overly confusing and it's sometimes difficult to
understand where the plot is going. These various flaws don't stop it
from being a solid 4 star crime flick.
The characters are still entertaining and likable. This time, Brad Pitt and George Clooney are actually likable and aren't just smug. Matt Damon is still bland though. It's well directed by Steven Soderbergh and has another fine musical score. There's also a sense of finality and it wraps up the trilogy very well. It's not as surreally enjoyable as the first one, but it's humorous, slick and offers plenty of the escapist fun that the first did. It doesn't suffer from the laws of diminishing returns and does the formula of the first one without adding to it but also without copying it and doing a turd on it. This isn't the strongest or bravest second sequel out there but it deserves a lot of respect for being entertaining and learning from the mistakes of the awful Ocean's 12. Nothing memorable or daring, but O13 provides plenty of stylish and sub zero cool heist based fun. At least there's a proper heist set piece.
Boy did they milk the oceans franchise. After a fantastic first film and a average second film it was up for debate what this film would be like and it is just simply forgetful. This sees Danny, rusty and they crew going on a revenge heist against Willy bank after Reuben is betrayed by bank. Now I think George Clooney and brad Pitt did a great job in both of the other films but in this one it feels like they're being lazy and phoning it in which is hugely disappointing considering how good they have been. A weakness of this film is also just how large the cast is and how it focuses on nobody like the past two films did. I also feel it really missed a main female character as the previous ones did a good job and really helped the film. I did like matt Damon in this film and I also did like Andy Garcia returning and al pacino as the new villain was fun. The story was awful as half the time I had no idea what was going on and once again with it focusing on everyone it focused on nobody which was a big reason for a disappointing story. The script was alright and there was some funny dialogue but not enough to help the film enough. I think returning to Vegas was another great idea and the style of this film is great it is a shame the substance is not so good. This should be the end for this franchise for a while and let's just remember just how good oceans 11 was.
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*Spoiler/plot- Ocean's Thirteen, 2007. Danny Ocean's team of smooth
criminals are back in Vegas. They're composing a more personal plan
than ever. When a ruthless casino owner named Willy Bank double-crosses
their good buddy Reuben Tishkoff; this causes Tishoff to have a heart
attack. Danny Ocean wishes to help out his friend and vows that his
team and himself will do anything to bring Willy Bank and everything
he's got down. Even if it includes hiring some assistance from one of
their own old opponents in Vegas, Terry Benedict.
*Special Stars- Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Elliot GOuld, Ellen Barkin.
*Theme- Friendship is thicker than money.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Color. Las Vegas, NV. The line "You shook Sinatra's hand" mentioned several times in the movie is a reference to Frank Sinatra who played the first role as 'Danny Ocean' in the original Ocean's Eleven (1960). Matt Damon's (Linus) fake nose disguise ploy is called "The Brody". It's a reference to the french actor Adrien Brody. The dialog phrase "Billy Martin" that Danny calls for to Willie during the Reuben's hospitalization is a gambling slang for second chance. The phrase refers to famed Major League Baseball New York Yankee's manager, Billy Martin. Despite his talents as a manager (he led the New York Yankees to two World Series titles); Martin's fiery temper, fueled by his alcoholism, often got him into trouble and as a result, he was fired multiple times by owner George Steinbrunner. Despite his character flaws and drinking, Billy Martin was always being given a "second chance". Also, the character's dialog make several references to a "Susan B. Anthony" deal in their heist. This is a reference to the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin manufactured by the US mint in 1979. It was so similar in appearance and size to a regular quarter and many people dropped it into a slot machine without realizing what it was worth. This 'con' method was used twice in the film, though the people are using an ordinary coin they don't realize that it will be worth millions in the slot: first by the woman in 'The Bank' casino who wins the million dollar jackpot and later by the tormented hotel reviewer at the Vegas airport slot machine.
*Emotion- The fun and rich romp for the viewer. Not only well acted, casted, and written, but hugely entertaining because the film-watcher can fantasize and become involved in the 'caper' as well.
*Based on- 60's Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra Vegas initial 'caper' film.
I liked ocean's eleven and I loved ocean's twelve for being so uncommon
but I really thought that ocean's thirteen was unnecessary. This is
really unfortunate remembering that it brought Al Pacino into the
already all star cast.
There are some points why it became so redundant to the sequel. First, inconsistency. It really bothered me that Don Chaedel had a thick British accent in the first two movies but had a real American accent in the third. Also, François Toulour (Fincent Cassel) had really small role, despite remembering he was the arc nemesis of Ocean's Twelve.
Second Point, bad story. They were back at las Vegas that really gives the audience a "nothing new?" feeling. and there weren't any special plot twists, that made me feel like I wanted the film to end really quick.
I really regret it, with a cast like this they should'v made it really count, probably we should wait for the next generation to make the remake remake of ocean's eleven and then make it right about the third sequel.
Now this is what a sequel is supposed to be like. Ocean's Twelve was a joke but Ocean's Thirteen was fantastic and maybe even a bit better than the first film. George Clooney and Brad Pitt once again lead a fantastic cast and have some great moments of dialogue and back-and- forth. Those two are great on screen together. It also seemed like they were able to actually give each character a fair amount of screen time whereas in the second film most seemed meaningless. There wasn't much additional development of them but they all contributed to the film in some way. As for the actual plot, it felt more genuine and not just thrown together like the last one. All in all, it almost feels like a waste to even watch the second film other than a couple of comments and a character that barely sees the screen in this movie.
Well this was a pleasant surprise. Ocean's Thirteen, the threequel to
the excellent Ocean's Eleven and the sequel to the almost-unwatchable
Ocean's Twelve, is a fun and light conclusion to the Ocean's Trilogy.
It's not as much fun as the original, but it's a vast improvement over
the terrible sequel. Third chapters hardly ever work, but I commend
Ocean's Thirteen for overcoming that trend.
The Ocean group (with the exception of Tess and Isabel) are brought together when Reuben is in poor health due to a massive shock received from being cheated of the rights of a hotel-casino he was planning to open. The con man responsible, Willy Bank, plans to open the hotel- casino himself, and win the prized Five Diamond award as well. Of course, the Ocean gang devise a devious plan of revenge that's every bit as satisfying for the Oceans, as it is for the audience.
Ocean's Thirteen isn't the strongest film in the trilogy, but it certainly fixes most of the problems that plagued the previous two.
For one, Tess and Isabel (the love interests for Danny Ocean and Rusty) have been completely eliminated from the script. They get a brief acknowledgement and little more. I'm grateful of this, because this completely eliminates the romance aspect. The romance was done so poorly in the first two, and this ultimately hurt the amount of fun that could be had. By throwing the romance out the window, there entire focus of the film is on pure fun.
While over half of the film is planning and set-up for the big con, there is hardly a dull moment to be found. The sheer excitement of the build-up was enough to keep me entertained. Combine that with a reasonable amount of humor, brief dilemmas, and the likable characters, and you have a perfectly entertaining production. I was hardly ever bored, and the same could not be said for even the first Ocean's.
The plot is less confusing than that of Ocean's Twelve. The characters are just as fun as ever (though the screen time of many is far too short), and of course, the pay off at the end is very satisfying.
Still, despite many improvements, there are a few flaws that should not go overlooked. Like the first two, Ocean's Thirteen is more than a little implausible. Some parts are downright preposterous. Ocean's Thirteen is a smart film, but belief and common sense may need to be suspended on occasion.
And while not a direct flaw, it must be stated that Ocean's Thirteen just isn't as fun as Ocean's Eleven. It's not too far off, but I can't say I laughed as much on this third outing as I did during Ocean's Eleven. Still, Ocean's Thirteen provides it's share of fun and humor. I had a smile on my face throughout much of the film, and I was certainly enjoying myself.
The performances are great, though considering the lack of depth in each, they aren't as impressive. George Clooney and Brad Pitt are suitably suave as Danny Ocean and Rusty Ryan respectively. Matt Damon as Linus is as likable as ever, and new additions to the cast are just as likable.
The score by David Holmes is actually a huge improvement over both previous scores for the series. Like the film, it's fun and will make you smile, though those looking for any depth or true sophistication should look elsewhere.
Ocean's Thirteen is an indisputable improvement over Ocean's Twelve, while recapturing the easy fun of Ocean's Eleven. Easy to like and rarely dull, I had a great time watching Ocean's Thirteen. I didn't think I would ever say this, but now I want an Ocean's Fourteen.
This one isn't as good as "Ocean's Eleven" but it's better than
"Ocean's Twelve". This is more of a mission to wreck someone by
stealing from that person than just mainly focusing on the money.
Although money does play a factor. Out of all the three movies in this
franchise this one however has the most meat to it when it comes to the
heist. And the crew is back to do what they are good at in a cool and
stylish manner. And this time the teams main target is Willy Bank(Al
Pacino) after he screws Reuben on a deal. The heist and dialogues have
it's clever moments although some parts are just absurd and doesn't
make much sense. It's a entertaining heist flick but just didn't stand
out all that much to the point I could call it a memorable flick. On a
positive note though the cast doesn't try way too hard to be cool,
which just came off more smug and pedantic than cool. Overall this is a
stylish heist movie that has some substance to it and is worth seeing
at least once.
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Ocean's Thirteen is the last entry the commercial sellout franchise by
Steven Soderbergh. I liked the first film as a consequence free, silly,
nonsensical caper film with a very likable cast aside from Julia
Roberts. The sequel was even more nonsensical and convoluted to the
point of being boring. The third one makes more sense than the second
one, has no Julia Roberts but, sadly, no Catherine Zeta-Jones, has a
new villain in form of Al Pacino and recycles the plot from the first
film. In other words, Ocean's Thirteen is an entertaining mediocrity.
The original cast is great as you might expect. George Clooney and Brad Pitt are overloaded with on screen charisma and keep this film interesting. The rest of the cast are fun and Al Pacino chews on the scenery. There are no weak links in the film since the only one that got on my nerves was Julia Roberts.
But for the rest, it's amazingly unremarkable in every way. The plot is as convoluted and silly as the genre dictates. But there are hardly any drama or real sense of danger in it. Korean blockbuster The Thieves did this type of scenario way better and had Jun Ji-Hyun playing Catwoman. It had real tension and real sense of danger mixed with the lighthearted attitude and silliness of the genre. Ocean's Thirteen is safe, harmless and forgettable enterprise which will entertain those who liked the previous installments. It's not point really talking about the technical aspects or the direction by Steven Soderbergh because that's not why we are really here. We are here for the cast and the silly adventure and the cast is great and the adventure is silly.
Ocean's Thirteen is a safe Hollywood caper film without any ambitions and pretenses at being something more. It is what it wants to be - an entertaining caper film with likable ensemble cast. The Thieves is much more clever, better made and has Jun Ji-Hyun but that's made in a world where R rated films make more money than PG-13 rated kiddie comic book nonsense.
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The "Ocean's 11" franchise started in 1960 with Lewis Milestone's
"Ocean's 11", a glossy heist thriller which saw a gang of thieves
pulling a daring operation in which several Las Vegas casinos are
simultaneously robbed. Milestone was a bit of an auteur, known for
several fairly good war films, but his "Ocean's 11" remains an
anonymously directed affair. Instead, crooner and mega-star Frank
Sinatra seems to be the one pulling all the strings, playing the
titular role of heist-master Danny Ocean within the film, and the star
and money-man calling the shots outside the film. The production was
reportedly wrapped around Sinatra's lengthy stays in Las Vegas, where
he performed various concerts at up-scale casinos, hotels and theatres.
While Milestone's "Ocean's 11" made ridiculous amounts of money back in 1960 everyone wanted to see its big name cast: Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Angie Dickinson today it's a hugely dull movie, with large chunks of exposition, unnecessary filler and a heist that's been bettered by countless heist films released both before and after. With notions as to what is and isn't "cool" constantly changing, "Ocean's 11" also looks completely neutered, its "smooth", "relaxed" and "cool" cast now positively lifeless. Half a century later, only Sinatra comes off looking well, though precisely because of him the film plays like one of those bad crime movies by modern African American rappers, designed to show off the star's "riches", "bling", "money", "rule breaking", "flashy accessories" and "bad boy criminality" (Sinatra had close ties with the criminal underworld both the Italian mafia and US government). It's a white bread version of such mega-celebrity egotism. Milestone's best scenes? A colourful Saul Bass opening and a wordless ending shot, much imitated by Tarantino, in which our suited gang of heroes walk down a pavement. Everything between these scenes can be missed.
Steven Soderbergh would release a remake of "Ocean's 11" in 2001. It's a much better film, featuring a cast of photogenic mega stars (Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Elliot Gould etc), smooth operators, bad boys and likable character actors. "I owe you for the thing with the guy in the place," is the line which gets the plot rolling, a slice of dialogue which epitomises the film's comically nonchalant attitude. If Milestone's film strove to be cool, Soderbergh goes for a kind of meta-cool, our cast both too cool for cool and playing uncool with coolness, mega stars Brad Pitt always chomping down on food, Matt Damon bumbling with style and George Clooney perpetually basking in his own silly magnificence. As the heist movie is intrinsically formulaic first act: assemble the "samurai", second act: plan the heist, third act: escape or get captured Soderbergh indulges in a kind of postmodern devil-may-care attitude. Meanwhile, the film's aesthetic is retro cool, with European/French touches, glossy locales, eye popping lights, sparkling surfaces/bulbs, lush cinematography, romantic editing/music, liquidy shapes and a camera that salivates over its suave actors, smooth villains and expensive locales. It's all about the money.
Soderbergh describes his "Ocean's 11" as a "big wind up toy", and while its designed to be "just entertainment", it does fit in with a number of the director's "heavier" films ("King of the Hill", "Che", "Traffic", "Eric Brockovich", "The Girlfriend Experience"), which have focused on economic inequality, economic depressions, Marxist revolutionaries and violent corporate muscle. Indeed, the casinos where Soderbergh's heists take place, the Bellagio and several other mega-casinos on the LA Strip, were built in the 1990s by entrepreneurs and corporate raiders like Steve Wynn (the real life model of Benedict, the film's villain, played sexily by Andy Garcia) with junk bonds and help from organised crime lords. With its art galleries and upscale restaurants, the Bellagio was then part of a diversification strategy in LA to earn profits from non-gaming sources. Yet the appeal of all these amenities, like gambling itself, is fuelled by a drive to offer consumers escape from a reality of diminished opportunities for upward mobility (within an American economy of diminishing wages, outsourcing and continuous lay-offs). Within a postindustrial, globalized economy, gambling, and even crime, increasingly appears to offer the best way, in the words of Jackson Lears, "to get ahead in a world where work no longer seems reliable". Indeed, each of the film's robbers comes with some indication that they embody the disaffection created by the increasing division of American society into "haves" and "have nots", whether it be a criminal past, lack of work, or entrapment in a job they find to be unrewarding. Even the bank-roller behind the heist, a former casino owner named Reuben Tishkoff (smoothly played by Elliout Gould), wants revenge against a new economy in which corporate moguls like Benedict can use their financial muscle to push him out. On the flip side, such readings are contradicted by the film's need to work as a big budget wish-fulfilment fantasy, and the fact that the crime genre has always portrayed the criminal as Soderbergh does here: cinema's lovable criminals may live on the outside, but they're still perfect conformists, chasing money in their own way because of capitalism's failings.
Soderbergh would release a sequel, "Oceans 12", some years later. This one takes the form of a "con movie", its narrative bending giddily in all directions, mercilessly toying with both convention and audience expectations. The film wasn't well received, despite being as good as its predecessor, which led to Soderbergh releasing the dull, and far safer, "Oceans 13" in 2007. The villain's name is literally "Bank" (Al Pacino) in this outing, but the film is mostly dumb.
7.5/10 Some overlooked modern heist films: Mamet's "Heist" and Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief", a remake of Melville's genre defining "Bob The Gambler".
Coming off the muddled misstep of OCEAN'S TWELVE, Soderbergh proves that he can still produce high-quality Hollywood fare when he puts his mind to it. Alleviating most of the problems that plagued the second installment, he uses his star power cast much more efficiently, delivers a scheme that's complex without being confusing, and takes a step back from making the characters superhuman. The glitz and style and polish help make this a very entertaining flick, perhaps the best in the series (though I must confess my memories of the first one are fuzzy). My one beef would be that Danny Ocean has it a little too easy this time, and while I enjoyed his easygoing cleverness, I wished for a few more obstacles in his path. Any snags in the plan are deftly overcome, and Al Pacino's character does not make for an intimidating protagonist. Still a very fun ride, though.
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