It’s bolder. Riskier. The most dazzling heist yet. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and more reteam with director Steven Soderbergh for a split-second caper that stacks the deck with wit, style and cool. Danny Ocean again runs the game, so no rough stuff. No one gets hurt. Except for double-crossing Vegas kingpin Willy Bank (Al Pacino). Ocean’s crew will hit him where it hurts: in his wallet. On opening night of Bank’s posh new casino tower The Bank, every turn of a card and roll of the dice will come up a winner for bettors. And they’ll hit him in his pride, making sure the tower doesn’t receive a coveted Five Diamond Award. That’s just the start of the flimflams. The boys are out to break The Bank. Place your bets!
I’m not really sure we needed another sequel to the Ocean movies. I was throughly entertained by the first movie, the second movie loss my interest a tad, and this third one I’m still unsure about.
The movie starts off strong, but as we progress the performances and the writing just lose it for me. It’s as if the plot runs out of steam. While this film has some great names in it, it’s almost like they’re there because they have to be instead of really committing to their roles. One thing I did find interesting is you can sense that Pitt and Clooney are indeed friends in real life by the chemistry they have on screen. Also worth mentioning, the studio did a great job with the look of this film, the retro graphics really help to give the movie a smooth 60’s feel.
Ocean’s Thirteen is indeed better than Ocean’s Twelve, but it still doesn’t come close to the first film in my opinion. However, if you’re a fan of the previous films, you’ll definitely enjoy this title, just don’t go into expecting it to be as entertaining as the Ocean’s Eleven.
Review by Emma Loggins