Ocean’s Twelve

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Director: Steven Soderbergh

OCEAN’S ELEVEN was of course a remake of a movie classic and being such a success a sequel was sure to follow. OCEAN’S TWELVE picks up the story with the same cast members in tow.

Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the casino owner who was robbed by OCEAN’S ELEVEN wants his money back and he has found out who the thieves were. Now Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his team have two weeks to give back $160 million with interest but the problem is most of it has been spent. So how does a team of top class thieves raise this kind of cash in a hurry? They steal it of course! But someone is one step ahead of them – someone who might be as good at their profession as Danny Ocean and his team. So a bet is laid down and the race is on to pull off their biggest heist yet – and the lives of Danny Ocean’s team hang in the balance.

OCEAN’S TWELVE could never be described as a serious movie. It’s really just a bit of movie fun that’s not going to upset anyone and entertain almost all. It’s the kind of film where things move about on the screen, various ‘in’ jokes are thrown around and the charisma of the extremely personable cast oozes out at the audience. Pleasing but fairly unmemorable events flow one after the other until Tess (Julia Roberts) makes her appearance and in a superb piece of screen writing has to pretend to be a famous actress who she ‘sort of’ resembles – one Julia Roberts! To bolster the joke even further her friend Bruce Willis (as himself) turns up and thinks Tess (Julia Roberts) is… Julia Roberts.

If ever a movie could survive on one joke this has to be it and together with the above mentioned cast charisma makes the whole film worthwhile. Pity the overall plot couldn’t have matched this wonderful movie moment but c’est la vie, at least it ended up as a light hearted movie romp that left us smiling.

4 out of 6 stars