It comes as something of a relief to find that Oceans 13 eases itself back to the charm and suave, sophisticated swagger that underpinned the first in whats become a trilogy of capers. And for those who endured the self-indulgent mess that was Oceans 12, this latest and final entry in the franchise is a very welcome treat, proving very much that lessons were learnt.
Dropping Catherine Zeta Jones and Julia Roberts from the cast list, but signing up the smaller matter of Al Pacino instead, the rest of the players remain broadly intact. So its George Clooneys Danny Ocean who leads the team of cons, supported by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner. And its the easy chemistry between these and the rest of the team that underpin what makes Oceans 13 such an enjoyable ride.
The plot pits Ocean and his gang against Al Pacinos ruthless casino boss, and while the script perhaps lacks the cleverness and dense plotting that worked so well in the first adventure, it still leaves plenty of room for outright entertainment.
The end result is an easy-to-enjoy caper, thats not the equal of Oceans 11, yet far superior to Oceans 12. And considering it was released in the midst of a summer where threequels generally werent too well received, Oceans 13 arrives in fine shape, and rounds off the trilogy with real panache. --Jon Foster
Third installment of director Steven Soderbergh's popular series of glitzy crime comedies. The only hotelier in Las Vegas who can claim that each and every one of his establishments has earned the Royal Review Board's Five Diamond Award, Willy Bank (Al Pacino) has made more than his share of enemies during his impressive ascent. However, in betraying Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Bank has finally crossed the one man who could bring his entire empire crumbling to the ground - Danny Ocean (George Clooney). Now Reuben is in a critical condition and Ocean is determined to strike back at the man who nearly murdered his mentor. As the opening of Bank's newest casino draws near, Danny and the crew set into motion a bold plan to humiliate the cocksure casino owner and forever tarnish his spotless reputation.
The most dazzling heist yet. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and more team up again for a split-second caper that stacks the deck with wit, style and cool. Danny Ocean again runs the game, so no rough stuff. No one gets hurt.
Elliott Gould Ocean's Thirteen