Ocean's Thirteen (Single-Disc HD/DVD Combo) [HD DVD]
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The film doesn't give enough time to goofballs Casey Affleck and Scott Caan (whose riffs made Ocean's Twelve worth seeing), although it provides comic stuff for a fun roster of actors, including Eddie Izzard, David Paymer, and Bob ("Super Dave") Einstein. Meanwhile, Ellen Barkin makes a fetching assistant for Pacino, and Pacino himself, his hair dyed Trumpian orange, is content to gnaw on some ham for the duration. Biggest puzzle about the two sequels is why George Clooney seems content to retreat from centerstage. Still, his Hemingwayesque conversations with Pitt are an amusing form of male shorthand, and even as the movie overstays its welcome during a long finale, Clooney's easy sense of cool makes it all seem acceptable. --Robert Horton
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"Ocean's 13" is a vast improvement over "12" and on par with "11", if not a little better. The cast know their characters so well by this point and have a great chemistry. You know that they had fun making this movie, and it shows. The action is minimum, but interest is sustained through following their plan as it comes to fruition. There are some twists, but nothing earth-shattering. Mostly, this is a chance to see good actors doing their thing. Fans of this series will not be disappointed, and although director Steven Soderbergh says this is the last one, I can't help but hope that he changes his mind.
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For a basic plot summary, this movie sees Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Rusty (Brad Pitt), and the rest of the gang (this time featuring Matt Damon in a much larger role) back in Vegas, where this time they are getting a little revenge on casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) for putting Reuben (Elliot Gould) in the hospital.
The biggest "plus" about this film is that it goes back to Vegas, the setting that these kinds of movies need to feature. Even when all else can (and sometimes does) go wrong, there is just something about seeing those suave guys in sharp clothing strutting around the casino floor. It adds that "cool" factor.
Unfortunately, "13" is kind of a mishmash of all kinds of different stuff, both plot and character-wise. The "big job" is delved into much too quickly with very little "setup" (a key component of the original), while the characters become (for the first time) little more than parodies of themselves. Everything just kind of feels rushed in this one, as if the plan was to camouflage a fading series with continued action instead of plot/character development.
Overall, though, "Ocean's 13" is still entertaining, at least. If you liked the first two at all you'll have no trouble sitting through this one. However, it won't grab you and take you for a fun ride like the others, either.
As a 60's child, I saw the original Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin et al "Ocean's 11" when I was a kid. Although I was much too young to appreciate their musical gifts, I knew they were a big deal. Their gift for making the audience feel like they were part of the secret has been replicated in the Clooney versions, which accounts for a lot of the success of these films. The characters are charming, the plot lines clever and the overall experience is fun. I have to think Frank would be pleased with these new incarnations!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story and great actors. And...followed the formula for the first twoPublished 8 days ago by Michael Lucchesi
Julia Roberts should be in this movie as a subplot character. Ocean 11 was the best, 12 was Ok, 13 also ok.Published 14 days ago by Belle
If you like the art of the hustle (from a Hollywood point of view), this movie is for you!Published 18 days ago by Raymond J. Cruz
A good sequel to the Oceans movies. No gamble here. Rent it and sit back to be entertained.Published 21 days ago by laurence
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