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Ocean's Thirteen
One last heist and then theyíre out for good
Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt Star in "Ocean's Thirteen".
OPENING WEEKEND: $35,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $105,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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January 22nd, 2007: When Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) makes the mistake of building a hotel with one of Las Vegasí most hated businessman, Willy Banks (Al Pacino), he gets cut out of the deal and ends up in the hospital after a heart attack. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) tries to help his old friend out by giving Banks a chance to restore Reubenís share of the hotel, but Banks dismisses him without any regard. Six months later, with Banksí investment thriving as the richest hotel in the city and the ultimate spot for high rollers, Ocean and his crew decide to bring him down. With the help of their former nemesis, casino owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), who is also out to settle the score against Banks, his fierce rival, they scheme to find a way to bankrupt Banks on his casinoís opening night. This time, they are not in it for the money, but rather for revenge.

What to Expect: People love the charm of Danny Ocean and his crew, but judging by the relatively lukewarm reception of Oceanís Twelve, they are starting to like it less and less. After director Steven Soderbergh crammed the first film in the series with all the glitz, finesse, and entertainment one could fit into a heist comedy, critics praised and audiences responded. Oceanís Eleven grossed $185 million domestically and approximately $450 million worldwide, all on an $85 million budget. The sequel, on the other hand, which showcased the A-list stars at their most self-indulgent, managed to raise only $125.5 million domestically and nearly $100 million less worldwide than its predecessor. For a sequel, especially one with a budget approximately 30% greater, that can be considered a failure.

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The main problem with Oceanís Twelve was that the flick served more toward building up the superstarsí already bulging egos than to telling an entertaining story. When Julia Robertsí character in the movie, Tess, pretended to actually be Julia Roberts, my eyes were rolling way to the back of my head. In fact, they made an almost complete 180-degree turn and Iím still recovering from the incident. Needless to say, I wasnít having nearly as much fun watching the movie as all the A-listers were having up on the screen.

Reviews were mediocre and Soderbergh took note because he is trying to make things right with Oceanís Thirteen. Thereís been a general consensus that Oceanís Twelve was too complicated and the idea this time around is to bring the series back to a more grounded story. In an interview, Soderbergh admitted that the crew decided to make another installment because George Clooney wanted to go out on a strong note. Additionally, when someone suggested that making another ĎOceanísí sequel was a bad idea, Soderbergh immediately liked the thought of a challenge. Unfortunately, to me that sounds like egos are coming into play again. On the plus side, however, when producers announced that they were hoping for an Oceanís Fourteen, Soderbergh and Clooney both stated that very firmly that this will be the last entry in the franchise. Thatís pretty impressive considering how much fun Hollywoodís golden boys have been having just hanging out and patting each other on the back during the making of these movies. Itís a very fun premise and must be a difficult one to walk away from, but it does bode well that the guys might do things right this one final time.

After the second flick took the story to Europe, the third one brings it right back to the extravagance of Las Vegas. As stated earlier, the plan is to go back to the comedic roots of the series and spend some more quality time with the eleven charming gentlemen that have been there from the beginning. This time around, the theme is revenge rather than prosperity and that should give the movie a nice juicy twist. However, the majority of the movie was filmed in a recreated casino in Burbank, to save the crew from the hectic Las Vegas production they experienced the first time around and, perhaps, to save a few dollars as well. This could result in the film losing that mesmerizing feel that Oceanís Eleven had, but at least a lot of the external footage was shot in the Sin City.

News that neither Julia Roberts nor Catherine Zeta-Jones were going to return certainly helped alleviate any worries that the cast would once again be getting out of hand. When rumors that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez were going to join the production turned out to be only rumors, I thought the movie was better off without them. Originally, Clooney hoped to include an oddball part written especially for Borat star, Sacha Baron Cohen, but that never worked out either. In the end, all these decisions are probably for the best if the filmmakers are going to attempt grounding the series a little. Regrettably, Cťline Dion is still scheduled to make a cameo as herself.

The two new members joining Oceanís crew of eleven to make a bakerís dozen will be played by Ellen Barkin and Andy Garcia. Barkin may seem like a second-rate option after names like Roberts, Zeta-Jones, Jolie, and Lopez have been through the rumor mill, but sheís a great fit for the franchise and an ideal person to play Abigail Sponder, Willy Banksí right hand woman and total bitch. A lot of Oceanís plan will hinge on her characterís cooperation. In the movie, she will also become romantically involved with Matt Damonís character, Linus Caldwell.

Danny Oceanís former adversary, Terry Benedict, played by Andy Garcia, will suddenly become Oceanís best friend after also butting heads with Banks. Fearing competition from the high-powered casino owner, Benedict will look to drive the tasteless rival out of town. Coincidentally, Ocean will need Benedictís help as well.


In order to buy a very expensive drill necessary to carry out their plan, Ocean will seek funding from Benedict. Benedict will look to get in on the deal with a plan of his own on how to raise the money. Every time Willy Banks wins the prestigious Five Diamond award for one of his successful business enterprises, he adds a massive diamond to his wifeís necklace. Benedict wants to steal the necklace, valued at approximately $250 million.


But thatís not even the main heist.

Of course, the best addition to the film is Al Pacino, who will play the monstrous mogul. Heís been particularly fun to watch on screen in his twilight years, even if he tends to overplay his parts sometimes. Such an approach should fit right in with him playing a larger than life character whose biggest weakness is his ego.

The main fun in Oceanís Eleven came in watching the crew train for and eventually carry out their elaborate plot. Plans for the third installment suggest that this may be the strong point of the third flick as well. If you donít want your experience spoiled by learning the delicious details of the groupís complicated scheme, then read no further.


Ocean and his crew will hit Willy Banks where it hurts the most. For a nine-minute period they will tilt the odds at all the craps, blackjack, and roulette tables as well as at all the slot machines so that no one ever loses. With the financial fiasco and complete mayhem right in front of the press that will be there on opening night, they hope that Banks will be ruined for good.


I must say that I already cannot wait to see exactly how they plan on pulling this off. It should come in handy next time I feel like gambling.

In Conclusion: Recently, Soderbergh and Clooney closed down their Section Eight production company, which is producing Oceanís Thirteen. Soderbergh claims that he wishes to concentrate more on the filmmaking aspect rather than the business side of film producing. Thatís probably a wise move considering the failure of his recent drama, The Good German, and the prospect of this somewhat trivial second Oceanís sequel, which comes off like a project with little ambition. A young Oscar winning director of Soderberghís stature really should not be dabbling with blockbuster sequels that make it seem like he already has nothing left to prove. Still, I think heíll do well with Oceanís Thirteen and while he may not surpass the pure enjoyment value of the first flick, he may exceed expectations following Oceanís Twelve. And if you think that the public has had enough of beefcakes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, then think again.

Similar Titles: Oceanís Eleven, Oceanís Twelve, Heist
June 8th, 2007 (wide)
November 13th, 2007 (DVD)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Steven Soderbergh

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, David Paymer, Scott L. Schwartz, Eddie Izzard

Total: 94 vote(s).


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Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality.

122 min





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