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||Ocean's 11 Review
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts.
Synopsis: Danny Ocean (Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following three rules - don't hurt anybody, don't steal from anyone who doesn't deserve it, and play the game like you've got nothing to lose - Danny orchestrates the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history. Obviously a remake of the rat pack classic, Ocean's 11 starring Frank Sinatra and his crew (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Angie Dickinson ).
I'd just like to start by saying that, I do not like Julia Roberts. I think she's the biggest piece of fluff in Hollywood. When I first saw the trailer for this film, it reeled me in from the start. Soderbergh, Clooney, Pitt, Garcia, David Holmes (good, good, good..) AND Julia Roberts.
Aw, now why'd ya have to go and do that, I said. There is an overflowing stock of eligible actresses that could have played that part. If Soderbergh was going to use an actress from a former project, why not Jennifer Lopez; at least you know she and Clooney have chemistry (Out of Sight).
But, I decided to see the movie still. I figured when someone's billed 'AND so and so', they're usually only in a few scenes.
So, Ocean's Eleven is a good movie with a great cast, leads and supporting. And I must admit Clooney and Roberts did have some chemistry and scenes where they interact were fraught with snappy dialogue.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney) gets released from prison and immediately pulls together a crew of ten other men, including out-of-action thief Dusty Ryan, (Brad Pitt) young pickpocket Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon). Together, they plan an intricate heist to simultaneously rob three casinos owned by cutthroat millionaire Harry Benedict (Andy Garcia). The plot thickens when Danny's ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts) is found to be now seeing Benedict.
While not a spectacular film, it is very entertaining. A strong supporting cast, including Elliot Gould, Carl Reiner and Don Cheadle make this a tight ensemble piece. The film is scored nicely by David Holmes (you might find yourself tapping your foot in some points) and there are a few cameos thrown in for good measure.
This, however, is one of those films that lack that extra something that makes good movies great. It's hard (as it usually is) to pin down what the reason is. One point I can bring up is that they don't do enough to make you hate Andy Garcia's character. I mean, he's rich and powerful, but they don't really take the time to make him look evil. So really, towards the end you're rooting for 'the Eleven' because Clooney and company are just a more likeable bunch.
In conclusion, Ocean's Eleven is definitely worth a look.
Copyright© Written By: Tom Servo
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