Ocean's 13

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Ocean's 13
Review (6/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

In Ocean's 13, Danny Ocean (George) and Rusty Ryan (Brad) round up the troops to form an elaborate scheme to rob a brand new hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Unlike the previous two "Ocean" movies, there is no Julia Roberts, the casino is owned by Willy Bank (Al Pacino) this time and Ellen Barkin plays a provocative hotel manager. Oh, and the boys recruit the help of Terry Benedict - you know, the guy played by Andy Garcia, the guy whose casinos they robbed in the first movie and the guy who wanted them all dead in the second movie. So there you have it - Danny Ocean, 12 other scoundrels, a casino, a surly hotelier and a sexy manager.

How does it all play out? It's okay. Definitely not as good as the first movie but slightly better than the second. I guess my main problem with Ocean's 13 is that, for too long, the movie builds up to the big heist and many of the details of that build up are sometimes confusing and at other times rather monotonous. To be honest, I'm not even sure, in the end, how much money they managed to grab or even how the hell their entire plan managed to work. It just didn't seem to make 100% sense to me. Some of the conversations between different characters (especially Ocean and Rusty) are so abstract that you don't know what the hell they are talking about. And one of the big problems is that I found that Al Pacino was never really let loose in this movie. To me, Pacino is at his best when he is red-faced and yelling obscenties and threats. But in Ocean's 13, despite being a menacing presence, he never really lets anyone have it. He talks in a relentless, steady voice and tells people things like he is going to put a whole lot of hurt on them or something like that. But he never hands out a real Pacino verbal ass-kicking and for a guy who just lost millions and millions of dollars, it just didn't seem right. And, not to be too nit-picky, did Brad Pitt really have to be stuffing his face with food that didn't fit in his mouth in almost every scene?

Don't get me wrong, the movie isn't all bad. It has some very entertaining moments, some great moments between true Hollywood heavyweights (I'm pretty sure that was the first scene ever between Brad Pitt and Al Pacino) and there are some genuinely funny scenes. There is no foul language. No violence. No loaded guns. And if you can get past the fact that millions of dollars are being stolen, it's a fairly clean movie. For some reason, seeing gambling money being stolen just doesn't seem wrong. Plus when you have George Clooney and Brad Pitt stealing it, it can't be wrong, can it?

In the end, I just didn't think that Ocean's 13 lived up to all the hype. Neither sequel has managed to top the first movie, unfortunately. With that being said, I still hope they continue to make "Ocean" movies because I certainly enjoy the build up to seeing them. With guys like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Al Pacino, how could you not? I just hope that somewhere down the line, they do manage to top Ocean's 11 because so far, they are 0 for 2.

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