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Loosely based on the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name, OCEAN'S 11 is a hi-tech crime comedy that features a top-notch cast. Con man Danny Ocean (George Clooney) has just been released from a four-year jail term and decides that his first order of business is robbing three Las Vegas casinos owned by the slimy Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). To pull off this nearly impossible task, he quickly assembles an eclectic crew--including a card shark (Brad Pitt), a pickpocket (Matt Damon), an explosives expert (Don Cheadle), and an aging gambler (Carl Reiner)--and seeks financial backing from a freewheeling casino mogul (Elliott Gould) who holds a grudge against Benedict. However, it soon becomes apparent that Ocean has more at stake than money and his newly found freedom--his ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), just happens to be Benedict's new girlfriend. Can Ocean steal back Tess's heart and more than a hundred million dollars at the same time? Continuing an impressive streak of films that began with OUT OF SIGHT and THE LIMEY and exploded into even wider acclaim and popularity with ERIN BROCKOVICH and TRAFFIC, Steven Soderbergh helms this star-studded caper flick with a strong sense of style and humor. Clooney and Pitt, in particular, have a great rapport and both exude a suave, laid-back charm. Damon, Cheadle, Gould, and Reiner all provide excellent comic turns, while Garcia gives an appropriately sinister performance. The whole glittery package is topped off by David Holmes' engaging score, which ties together the sounds and moods of Hollywood past and present.
Now that director Steven Soderbergh has established himself as a Prestigious and Important American Director with his message films Erin Brockovich and Traffic, he can get back to making the same top-notch entertainments that we loved him for in the first place, like Out of Sight and The Limey.
Taking off on something (I believe) the late Vincent Canby once said, Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffin (Ravenous and Best Laid Plans) set out to remake a bad movie for a change instead of a good one. The original 1960 Rat Pack flick Ocean's Eleven, directed by sixty-something Lewis Milestone was a plodding, boring mess that simply had Frank, Dino and Sammy posing a lot.
Instead of trying to create a new Rat Pack (or, God forbid, casting the Brat Pack of the 1980s), Soderbergh puts together a crackerjack cast of cool 21st century stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, and Julia Roberts in the same thankless girlfriend role that Angie Dickinson occupied in the original. Andy Garcia steps up, using some of his Godfather III tough-guy clout to play the all-powerful casino owner.
A very funny scene has Brad Pitt teaching a group of young Hollywood up-and-comers (mostly WB TV stars) how to play poker, with the up-and-comers all playing themselves: Holly Marie Combs, Topher Grace (also in Traffic), Joshua Jackson and others.
These stars seem to be enjoying themselves just as much as the original cast, but here the focus is on the heist and not the playtime. Soderbergh and Griffin concoct a doozy of a robbery, seemingly impossible with a new hitch around every corner. The cast, headed by Clooney, never loses its cool and never gives away a surprise beforehand (except for one minor one involving Julia Roberts and a cell phone).
Thanks to Clooney, Soderbergh and Griffin, this Ocean's Eleven reveals a tight, well-oiled engine and proves a solid good time, though it doesn't seem quite as innovative or essential as Out of Sight or The Limey. Very much worth seeing.
This is an excellent entertaining movie that has it all - the glitz and glamour of Vegas, the intriguing plot, the top notch director...and of course, lets not forget the all star cast!!
Led by George Clooney, this is full of A-listers...Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, to name but a few! When you take the talent of this cast, the directorial skills of Steven Soderbergh and of course you are reworking a classic rat pack movie...you have a hit on your hands!
There is such a good movie, the plot was interesting, and had a number of great twists, going out with a boom with the final surprise in the plot! The reworking of the original is slick, especially updating the plot to include well known Vegas landmarks such as The Bellagio and The Venetian; and the attention to detail and the killer soundtrack help bring the feel of Vegas right into your living room!!
The premise is well known...Clooney - as Danny Ocean gets out of jail on a promise to behave but soon rounds up a group of 'talented' criminals with various expertise relating to criminal activity; to become 'Ocean's Eleven'. The goal: pulling off one of the biggest thefts in Vegas history not only to reep the multimillion dollar reward but Danny plans to win back his wife played by Julia Roberts who is dating the owner of the Casino, the role of which is expertly played by Andy Garcia!
The plot flows eloquently; with humor and intrigue throughout. The visuals are simply stunning, particularly towards the conclusion of the movie where the water show of the Bellagio, combines with expertly filmography and stellar music to provide a breathtaking scene!
This is a favorite of mine, and is the superior of the two recent Oceans movies...simply not to be missed and destined to become a classic!
I purchased "Ocean's Eleven" on DVD on Ebay because I love the movie and it was at a price I couldn't pass up. DVD's save lots of space over VHS tapes. This movie is an excellent movie, it has suspense, comedy, a little drama. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot. It's Rated PG13. Set in Las Vegas with all it's glitz and glitter, that is exciting in it's self. Think about it girls whats not to love about George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Andy Garcia all together entertaining you.
WHEN YOU PUT THESE MANY STARS TOGETHER, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT. THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME. MR. CLOONEY AND MR. PITT ARE WONDERFUL TOGETHER. I ENJOYED SEEING BERNIE MAC IN A SEMI SERIOUS ROLE. EVEN THOUGH HE IS STILL COMICAL IN THIS FILM, YOU KNOW THAT HE IS ABOUT BUSINESS...GETTING THE JOB DONE. WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT MATT DAMON...I LOVED HIM IN THIS FEATURE. AND THE DON...I LOVE SEEING HIM IN ROLES OTHER THAN THE TOO SERIOUS. HE HAD A COMICAL SIDE TO HIM IN THIS MOVIE THAT MADE ME SMILE. THE ENTIRE CREW OF ACTORS REALLY MADE ROBBING A LAS VEGAS CASINO LOOK LIKE A LOT OF FUN, BUT I WON'T BE TRYING IT WHEN I RETURN TO VEGAS.