Review of “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) PG-13 122min HD-DVD
May 1st, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 5,048 Views
The plot: Some time after Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew payed back the millions they stole to ruthless casino mogul Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), their friend Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), one of the original eleven, plans to open a new casino. But he is double-crossed by one of the investors Willy Banks (Al Pacino), and Reuben lands in the hospital, down on life, luck and money. Danny gathers the team once again to sabotage the new casino opening.
The good: No Julia Roberts – just guys. The cast is first rate. Enough humor and style to keep fans happy. Steven Soderbergh is a great director and cinematographer, even under a pseudonym Peter Andrews. Nice musical score; helps keep the movie going at an even pace. That being said, it might be something to criticize as well – a movie has a slide-show feel to it, which makes it an acquired taste – some will love it, some won’t. The plot is that simple, with a lot of different forces in play.
The HD-DVD extras may be even better the the feature film. There’s a pretty interesting 1-hour documentary about actual past heists. Another documentry, Las Vegas: The Opulent Illusion, talks about a brief history of Las Vegas and then more about casino business – also quite interesting and visually entertaining.
The bad: Zero character development. Zero explaining the scheme. Celebrities behaving like celebrities. Completely implausible plot. The mere fact that these glamorous guys managed to smuggle a 600 ton rock grinding machine underneath Las Vegas should be a caper movie of its own. They are robbing a casino for tens of millions with oh such ease and casualness and confidence and apparently so little planning and little resources. The only female character in the movie was Willy Banks’s assistant Abigail Sponder (Ellen Barkin).
The summary: this is definitely a better movie then Ocean’s Twelve, but the 11 was the best one of the trilogy. Good entertainment, in theater and on DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray – whatever you watch it on.
Cast: Rusty Ryan – Brad Pitt | Danny Ocean – George Clooney | Linus Caldwell – Matt Damon | Reuben Tishkoff – Elliott Gould | Willy Bank – Al Pacino | Basher Tarr – Don Cheadle | Yen – Shaobo Qin | Virgil Malloy – Casey Affleck | Turk Malloy – Scott Caan | Frank Catton – Bernie Mac | Saul Bloom – Carl Reiner | Roman Nagel – Eddie Izzard | Abigail Sponder – Ellen Barkin
Credits: Director – Steven Soderbergh | Writers – Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Original characters by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell | Original Music – David Holmes | Cinematography – Peter Andrews (a.k.a. Steven Soderbergh) | Warner Bros. Pictures
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