Genre: Sleek Heist/Drama
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon,
Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle,
Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Vincent Cassel
RunTime: 2 hrs 6 mins
Released By: Golden Village
Released Date: 16 Dec 2004
(Courtesy from GV):
The star-studded cast of the worldwide smash hit, OCEAN'S
ELEVEN, reunites in this sequel, which takes place in various
parts in Europe, including Rome, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast as Brad Pitt's love interest.
Three years has since passed after Danny and crew penetrated
Terry Benedict's (Andy Garcia) Las Vegas casino vault and
stole $160 million from it. Now Terry wants all his money
back, including interest. But the catch is Danny and crew
are now living separate, legit lives, each one of them has
spent portions of the money spilt from the heist. Just to
name a few, Rusty (Brad Pitt) has lost most of it as a Hollywood
hotelier, expolsives expert Basher (Don Cheadle) on his "four-letters"
filled recording career and the Malloy twins on family, cars
and machinery. The problem at hand is how to raise the money
in two weeks!
this point, if you think "Ocean's Twelve" is just
another continuation of the first instalment filled with another
heist planning and stars power. Well, you are still a couple
of inches away from the bull's eyes. Director Steven Soderbergh
and writer George Nolfi decides to twist the plot a little.
If the current problem at hand is not enough, Danny and crew
have to compete with a wealthy European playboy (French actor
Vincent Cassel) who is also known as "The Night Fox"
for the Faberge egg from a museum in Rome. To add on, the
crew is heavily pursued by Europol agent, Isabel (Catherine
Zeta-Jones) who happened to be Rusty's girlfriend three years
back. There you have it, a heist movie with not just a simple
case of careful planning anymore, a far cry from the first.
Eleven" was shot in such smooth, classy manner and the
shots of Las Vegas as picturesque as postcards. Soderbergh,
the hands-on man with his hand-held camera gave the sequel
a gritty, documentary look instead. The shots of Rome and
Amsterdam are shot in ways, angles you have never seen before.
It helps to know that the production is shot on exotic locations
such as Lake Combo, Paris and Rome. The effect is never the
same if you were to shot these on sound stages. In addition,
the jazzy scores from David Holmes should be highly recommended.
magic of "Ocean's Twelve" doesn't lies in the script
or any fanciful pryotechnics effects but the sizzling chemistry
between the stars. Seeing them effortlessly bantering with
each other and mingle their way from one scene to another
is simply magical. There are plenty of fun dialogue and clownish
sequences one being the Chinese Acrobat, Yen getting lost
in transition after being folded into a luggage, Linus (Matt
Damon) trying his best to learnt from Danny and Rusty's "management"
of the crew which resulted in hilarious consequences, the
most valuable and once a lifetime parody of all, Julia Roberts
as Julia Roberts. (Hope this isn't giving much away!) and
Bruce Willis cameo (Fortunately, it's not those spilt a second
the host of familiar stars from the first instalment, Catherine
Zeta-Jones stands on her own and manage to charm her way into
the Ocean's club and into the hearts of the audience as well.
It's fortunate that the poster is strong enough to hold the
weight of the stars' names plus credits. But the final question
lies in "Are you in or out?". I know I'm in!
by Cpt John Miller