Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Al Pacion.
Release Year: 2007
Review Date: 6/11/07
I've been all over the map on the remakes of
the "Ocean's Eleven" premise that
Sinatra & Co. made famous a thousand years ago; with "Ocean's
Thirteen", you get exactly what you thought you were gonna get in
this third movie, and that is exactly what you got in the
second (and less popular) film
that George Clooney & Co. made a couple of years ago--
A bunch of dudes that look really good in
suits pulling off a heist so ridiculous it could only happen in the
movies...but, you are rooting for these guys to win, because
Sticking It to the Man never felt this good!
Talking about the movie's plot would be to
insinuate that there really IS a plot; there isn't, really, but it's
fun to watch the film's writers give us so many things that are
happening when none of them makes any sense. Here's what does
matter--this time, the "bad guy" is a rich guy named Willie Bank (Al
Pacino), who owns a number of high-end Vegas hotels and his latest
iteration, The Bank, is the target of Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his
merry band of, oh, about a dozen world-class thieves.
I saw this with Mom over the weekend; like
the sands of an hourglass, so goes "Ocean's Thirteen", which is
great in terms of very passable summer entertainment that is lost
from your soul just minutes after you leave the theater. Both
Mom and I thought Clooney, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Damon and the other cast
members did look good in their expensive-looking suits (and, that
thin guys like Pitt really pull off the suit/dress shirt/no tie
thing bad-ass-ly); that the business with the dice-making facility
in Mexico and the supporting strike was maybe the funniest bit in
the movie (Casey Affleck's fake mustache had me laughing each time
he came onscreen); that Ellen Barkin was a VERY surprising choice
for the cougar-like 40-something assistant to the Pacino character
(ELLEN BARKIN? Wow, was Kathleen Turner not available?); and,
that getting this many stars into a big-budget film is truly
"Ocean's Thirteen" really isn't very good,
but it's very watchable; between the expensive looking sets, and the
expensive costumes, and the expensive stars, and Vegas at night, at
least it's an easy sit.
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard