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Movie review: Ocean's 12

Friday, December 10, 2004

I'm back from my long vacation. :) Didn't have time to blog during those 10 days, however, I'll blog it during the weekends and will be posting it the next few days. Anyways, managed to catch Oceans 12 this afternoon and as usual, here's my take on the movie.

The star studded cast of the successful Ocean's 11 are back! Yup, all of 'em! The movie pick up three and a half years from where Ocean's 11 left off where Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his 10 man crew, Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Turk Malloy (Scott Cain), Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), and Yen (Shaobo Qin) pulled off one of the most lucrative heists in history, robbing casino executive Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) of $160 million stored in his “impenetrable” Las Vegas vault.

The movie begins with Rusty having to sneak out of a relationship with his girlfriend Isabel, who happens to be a detective just about to discover what Rusty really does for a living. The scene then cuts to three and a half years later, where we see Ocean team is now enjoying their post-big heist lifestyle. But their old nemesis Benedict suddenly steps back into all of their lives rather unexpectedly, and is demanding his stolen money be repaid with interest within two weeks. The team were then left to wonder how exactly did Benedict found each and every one of them in the first place. However, none of them have anything close to the original amount they left with, thus they see no other option but take on another job. Since they're too notorious to work in the States, the team decides to go across to Europe.

I find Steven Soderbergh movie direction pretty good. The story flows nicely with the fast-paced camera work (sorta like NYPD Blue) and the various exotic European capitals namely, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. The story is pretty straight forward but there are several unnecessary subplots introduced throughout the movie which IMHO, spoiled the movie with holes of inconsistency. Nevertheless, Soderbergh managed to cover those 'holes' with beautiful character and their witty remarks. Talking about witty remarks, the cast are evidently having fun on this movie. There are several scenes in the movie that are totally hilarious. Keep a lookout for Bruce Willis' cameo. It is interesting to note that other supporting actors (besides Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Zeta Jones and Garcia's character) have smaller parts but sufficient screen time to pack a few laughs and make you notice them.

Other than that, this movie is more about style than storyline. However, I would say the first movie is much better. Nevertheless, this outing is still a worthy one and if you're in for an entertaining movie, this one is for you and worth the watch.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 5
Sound : 4
Picture : 4.5
Storyline: 3

OVERALL : 4.125
posted by Ivan Choe, 1:41 am

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