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Ocean's 13 (2007)
 
 
The third film in the Oceans 11 franchise sees Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) double-crossed by unscrupulous casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino), leading to a heart attack that lands him in hospital in a near-catatonic state of depression. Understandably, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) doesn't take kindly to this sort of thing, so he reunites his numerous buddies (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, etc.) and they come up with an elaborate revenge plan that involves destroying Bank's much-prized reputation on the opening night of his new casino.

The film is beautifully shot throughout and Soderbergh's flashy editing and direction keep things ticking along nicely. There's also a superb jazzy soundtrack that adds considerably to the undeniable lounge-style coolness of it all.

There isn't much room for character development this time round, but Soderbergh at least ensures that everyone gets a comedy moment or two. Highlights include Matt Damon and his comedy nose, Eddie Izzard's brief but entertaining cameo (during which he refers to Danny and Rusty as the Morecambe and Wise of thievery) and Casey Affleck's Mexico-based contribution to the plot, complete with comedy moustache.
Ocean's 13
 
Unfortunately a lot of the jokes don't really work, although there is an inspired gag about Danny Ocean's TV-viewing habits. Similarly, fans of shouty Al Pacino will be disappointed because he's hardly shouty at all and never gets into the scenery chewing that his presence really demands. The other problem is that there's never a sense of jeopardy or danger and the film basically boils down to watching these likeable characters execute their perfect heist without anything ever really threatening to go wrong.
 
Oceans 13 is a vast improvement on Oceans 12, but it's never much more than a well-directed heist movie with a starry cast and a couple of good gags. The sleek script makes gleeful use of expository dialogue, building ludicrous situations and winding its way out again..

The luxurious cinematography and cool musical score help smooth things out. - 7/10
Marks : 7/10
Director Steven Soderbergh George Clooney Danny Ocean
Writing Brian Koppelman Brad Pitt Rusty Ryan
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh Matt Damon Linus Caldwell
Film Editing Stephen Mirrione Elliott Gould Reuben Tishkoff
    Al Pacino Willie Bank
 
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