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fast, furious and nonsensical,
This review is from: Ocean's Thirteen [DVD]  (DVD)
Well, here's the good news; Ocean's Thirteen is very definitely better than the self-satisfied Ocean's Twelve which preceded it. This time around the team have returned to the Vegas location of the first film. Elliott Gould's character (the names still fly past so quickly I can never catch them) has been stiffed in a deal by old Vegas hand Willie Bank (a very strange `performance' by Al Pacino) and nearly died as a result. Needless to say, the team gets back together to swindle Bank out of a fortune at the opening of his new hotel.
Cue a blur of funny wigs, frighteningly fast and incoherent exposition, dead ends, the spending of an implausible amount of money, and one impressively obvious false nose. It is easy to forget that the original was a tight, clever heist thriller with a twist very few saw coming. In Ocean's Thirteen, the heist isn't really a heist at all, just everything but the kitchen sink thrown into the plot and mixed around. Also, it's a good job there aren't any surprises- the dialogue is very difficult to follow at times.
Having said that, it's enjoyable enough in its own way, as long as you just sit back and enjoy the ride. In-jokes are ticked off (although what film Ellen Barkin thought she was in I'm not sure), characters make their expected entrance, and at the end all's right with the world. Just don't ask me how they managed to conceal not one but two Channel Tunnel diggers somewhere under the Vegas strip.