Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: George Nolfi

Composer: David Holmes

Starring: Starring: George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Robbie Coltrane, Jeroen Krabbe, Vincent Cassel, Eddie Izzard, Topher Grace, Bruce Willis

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You cross one ocean, you face them all

Plot: Three years after pulling an impossible heist of a three-casino vault Daniel Ocean's Eleven plus wife Tess have been found and fingered by Terry Benedict. Mr. Benedict has promised the provider of the information to show restraint and give the clan two weeks to repay him with interest to the tune of over $190 million. Without a job that can provide that kind of pay off, the gang must accept the challenge of premier thief Francois Toulour to see who can steal a famous work of art first and claim the title of greatest thief ever.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

I enjoyed the first film but this one misses the point.  The same cast is back (that's a good thing), the location has moved from Las Vegas to gorgeous Italy (VERY big thing) and there are consequences to what happened in the last film that make this a direct sequel rather than another adventure.  I'd be more OK with the latter if the movie were first and  It isn't.  I did enjoy the Julia Roberts bit in the last act with Bruce Willis.  That was fun but the rest of it just kind of sat there.  The cast went through their script requirements but that element of fun was missing.  The location helps but only so far.  I spent half the picture thinking about watching one of those great 60s European heist films.  At least there, with some of them, I'd get what I was looking for.  I hope the third Ocean's picture fixes this and returns to form. 

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