Ocean's Eleven (Widescreen Edition)
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Audio Commentary:Feature-length audio commentary with stars Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Andy Garcia Feature-length audio commentary with director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffin
DVD ROM Features:DVD-ROM enabled -- "In or Out" Game and web links
Documentaries:Behind-the-scenes documentary HBO First Look: "The Making Of Ocean's Eleven" Behind-the-scenes documentary: "The Look Of the Con", an inside look at the fashion in Ocean's Eleven
- HBO First Look: Behind-the-Scenes documentary on the making of the film
- "The Look of the Con," a behind-the-scenes documentary
- Original teaser trailer and three theatrical trailers
- DVD-ROM: features "In or Out" challenge game
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The premise is lifted right out of the 1960 Rat Pack original: Danny Ocean (George Clooney, suave as hell) is released from prison, and plots to steal over $163 million from the vault of a Las Vegas casino during a heavyweight fight. He recruits his old buddy Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), and they put together a dream team of crooks, each of whom has a specialty. There's a computer geek, a demolition expert, a con man, a pickpocket, and so on.
And, of course, there's Danny's ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), who's now involved with the manager (Andy Garcia) of the casino Danny intends to rob. So, Danny's not only after money - he wants his girl back as well. But she's having nothing of it, as evidenced by this neat dialogue piece:
Danny: "I've paid my debt to society."
Tess: "Funny, I haven't gotten my check yet."
Dialogue like that is one of the great pleasures of this movie; watching it delivered by the likes of Clooney, Roberts, Pitt and the stellar supporting cast (Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, et al) is the other.
And, in fairness, it's a good thing that the dialogue and acting is so good, because as a pure caper flick, "Ocean's Eleven" is, to be charitable, a little thin. In the best caper movies ("The Heist" comes to mind), the theft itself is the star of the movie - the intracicies, the backup plans, the intrigue. In "Ocean's Eleven," we're expected to believe that a casino with over $150 million in its vault wouldn't have a backup power generator, or that the vault's security system wouldn't have a motion sensor.
But criticisms like that are akin to nitpicking that red Ferrari 575 because it has a small trunk - the point isn't realism, it's style, and like a Ferrari, "Ocean's Eleven" has it in droves.
Taking the basic premise from the original 1960 film (which featured a who's-who of Hollywood stars of its own day), Soderbergh has updated it to reflect the advanced technological realities of the 21st Century. In this film, recently paroled Daniel Ocean (Clooney) has decided to mastermind the robbing of not one but three major Las Vegas casinos all owned by the nefarious Terry Benedict (Garcia). The rub is that Benedict has also recently added Ocean's ex-wife, Tess (Roberts), to his list of assets, which gives Ocean additional incentive to take Benedict for everything he's got. One of the amazing things is that the filmmakers use an actual casino as their target (the Bellagio) rather than devising a fictional one for their story's purpose. One might think it could give certain audience members the wrong ideas. Be that as it may, the director does a fine job exploiting the Vegas setting, taking us right into the heart of casino operations.Read more ›
The film doesn't live up to this deal in several ways. First, we get some pretty silly casting choices. Matt Damon is a complete waste. Didn't he write "Good Will Hunting" to get out of playing underwritten cardboard parts like this? Julia Roberts (She's called Tess, as in Tess Trueheart. You must be joking) is not the least bit sexy, desirable, or tough enough to be caught in a love triangle with two very vital men. Andy Garcia, as one of those vital men, is not as vital as he could have been. Nor is he as menacing a badass as the movie would have you believe. They tried to tell me that anyone caught robbing his Casino would be in for a world of pain. Well, you don't scare me just by telling me. Film is a visual medium. Show me! And Steven Soderbergh, well, he's always been hit or miss in my books. "Out of Sight" was enjoyable, and the one film in his oeuvre that would lead you to believe he could direct "Ocean's Eleven" capably. But Soderbergh does what he always does: he gets in the way too much. Too much needless visual style, which does nothing to advance the plot, or keep you interested. Why can't you just let your movies breath, Stevie? Oh, and check out the awshucks fountain ending he tacks on. Blech.
I suppose one could read the above bile-filled paragraph and come to the conclusion that I didn't like the movie. Well, you'd be wrong. I liked it a lot. And now I'll tell you why.Read more ›
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The best crime thriller movie of all time. Lots of twist and brilliant shots! Kudos to crew and cast! Well made movie.Published 14 days ago by Robert
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