Sunday, June 10, 2007

Review of 'Ocean's 13'

I began my week by watching Steven Soderbergh's Ocean’s 13. Reminiscent of its old school roots, the film returns to its original, classic casino setting to entertain us with another sensational, dangerous heist. In the current sequel, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the gang have only one reason to pull off their most ambitious and riskiest casino heist - to defend one of their own. But they need more than luck on their side to break the ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino).

Pacino aka Bank never imagines that the odds would be against him when he double-crosses Danny Ocean’s friend and mentor Reuben Tishkoff, putting the distraught Reuben in a critical condition. Bank miscalculates - badly. He may have taken down one of the original Ocean’s eleven, but he left the others standing and, worse for him, gave them a shared purpose: to take Bank down on the night of what should be his greatest triumph - the grand opening of his new casino, appropriately named ‘The Bank’.

While not as fresh as 'Ocean's 11', the latest sequel is slick and funny and fast enough to keep you happily entertained for a couple of hours (2 hours and few more minutes). As always Clooney and Pitt are good (irresistible as usual) in every scene they share. It is sad that Julia Roberts does not return in this sequel. Ellen Barkin is the solo female star in the epicentre of the distinguished boys club in this film. Pacino is deliciously evil as always. Matt Damon is especially funny with a new comical disguise to support his increased responsibilities. The remainder of the cast is humorous as usual with the inclusion of Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict. .

There isn’t a dull moment in the film as the men conspire to contrive an ingenious plan of action for this complex heist which they execute with perfection. All OCEAN’S fans will enjoy the film. I have quite liked it.

Anusha S
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