Ocean's Eleven (2001)(DVD)
Starring Brad Pitt et al
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Dapper Danny Ocean (GEORGE 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. In one night, Danny's handpicked 11-man crew of specialists — including an ace card sharp (BRAD PITT), a master pickpocket (MATT DAMON) and a demolition genius (DON CHEADLE) — will attempt to steal over $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos owned by Terry Benedict (ANDY GARCIA), the elegant, ruthless entrepreneur who just happens to be dating Danny's ex-wife Tess (JULIA ROBERTS). Coincidence or motive? Only Danny knows for sure. To score the cash, he'll have to risk his life and his chance of reconciling with Tess. But if it all goes according to Danny's intricate, nearly impossible plan, he won't have to choose between his stake in the heist and his high-stakes reunion with Tess…or will he?
Neil, Goodwood. 30 June 2009
As I've never seen the original Ocean's Eleven, 1961 version with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Steven Soderbergh 2001 version will have to do for now. BTW look out for the DVD release of Ocean's Eleven (1961) during the year.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney), newly out of goal, sets out to take down three Las Vegas casinos in one night. To enable him to do this he needs the help of a whole host of criminal skills. This he assembles with the help of his good buddy Brad Pitt.
This sets the premise to get a whole slew of super star and some not so superstarish (sic) actors to get together and have some fun in Las Vegas. On a side note it was a rather surreal experience to watch this movie at the Grand West Casino. The sounds in the movie of the slot machines, are the same sounds we heard as we walked to the Starz cinema.
Ocean's Eleven was for me a great movie going experience. Perhaps the movie is not as fast paced as some people would like, but I enjoyed it non the less. It is very similar in feel to the recent The Score with Robert De Niro. The same story of planning a heist and then executing it.
Of course all the old movie heist clichés are there, the looped video feed, the double crosses, the moment when things do not go according to plan. Still Ocean's Eleven is handsomely staged and filmed. All the cameo's in the movie from Elliot Gould to Ron Reiner make it worth your while to go see.
Steve, . 27 March 2003
A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2001 Steve Rhodes
A key part of the big casino robbery in OCEAN'S ELEVEN, a remake of the 1960's Rat Pack movie, requires the crooks to turn off the electricity to the entire city of Las Vegas. It's too bad that they couldn't have tapped some of the power grid for the movie itself, which is so slow and energy depleted that you wonder if perhaps you're just seeing a rough cut. Maybe there's another sizzling version with a half hour of the fat removed. Then you realize that you are seeing the final cut by Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC). One guesses that he must not have test screened the picture, since most audiences will probably react like ours, which gave it one big yawn.
A thriller that doesn't thrill and a heist that's not much fun, OCEAN'S ELEVEN has a wonderful cast and director, which proves that even the best talent can produce a dud. Filmed handsomely, the movie's production is top drawer. But screenwriter Ted Griffin, who brought us a movie about human cannibalism (RAVENOUS), can't think of much original to do this time. Most of the "surprises" are quite predictable, such as security cameras which are just displaying pretaped images and cops who aren't really cops. The unbelievable and confusing story has impossibility layered on impossibility, and then the bad guys easily beat the intricate system. ENTRAPMENT or even MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is a masterpiece in comparison to OCEAN'S ELEVEN.
Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and most of the cast do a quite creditable job under the circumstances. The same cannot be said for Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Roberts is given almost nothing to do as Tess, Danny Ocean's (Clooney) ex-wife. Still, she just phones in her minimal part. Clooney, as the mastermind of the heist, is an acting black hole. Whenever he appears, he sucks energy from the other stars on the set, making an already lame movie even more so.
A sleek snoozer, the movie doesn't give you any reason to see it. Still, if you wait for video and keep your finger on the fast-forward button, it could be made tolerable.
OCEAN'S ELEVEN runs 1:56. It is rated PG-13 for "some language and sexual content" and would be acceptable for kids around 9 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 12, liked the movie, especially the twists, and gave it ***. His biggest complaint was that it dragged a bit.
Christopher, South Africa. 2 March 2016
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