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Ocean's Eleven
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Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.
Date Movie: Bring her along.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Suspense more than action.
Laughs: Some good one liners.
Memorable Scene: How they got away.
Memorable Quote: Not really.
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Produced By: Jerry Weintraub

Ocean's Eleven
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:56 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
You canít help but need to compare the 2001 "Oceanís Eleven" to the original. My simple analysis is this: The 1960ís "Oceanís Eleven" was, and came across as, a group of friends making a movie. It was fun, it was entertaining, and will always be a classic. The 2001 version, in comparison, came across as a group of actors making a movie. It was fun, it was entertaining, and may not be a classic, but as a movie, it was a better movie than the original.

For this one weíve got George Clooney as Danny Ocean. Fresh out of prison and Dannyís got a plan Ė break his parole, head to Vegas, and complete the biggest and most complicated heist in history. At least thatís his cover, because thereís also a woman involved, Tess (Julia Roberts), now involved with Vegas mogul Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Steal some cash and get the girl from the dude whoís cash you stole. That really seems to be the motive.

Well, Danny needs to enlist some help, and enlist some help he does. To name a few thereís Rusty (Brad Pitt), Linus (Matt Damon), Basher (Don Cheadle), Turk and Vigil (Scott Caan and Casey Affleck respectively), Reuben (Elliot Gould), Frank (Bernie Mac), Saul (Carl Reiner), Livingston (Eddie Jemison), and Yen (Shaobo Qin). Each of them have their own specialty. Rusty is great at impersonating just about any occupation; Linus is a pick-pocketer extraordinaire; Basher is a technical marvel; Turk and Vigil, well, theyíre just goofballs who get the job done; Reuben fronts the initial capitol, Frank and Livingston, well, help out but keep on being funny; Yen is the acrobatic type, and Saul plays a great, older, can play a foreigner to the hilt. All of them are needed, and all for their respective abilities.

As the movie goes, basically, Danny cooks up a scheme to rob three casinos at one time, namely because they all keep their money in the same vault. Yes, theyíre the casinos run by Benedict, and yes, Danny wants Tess back. The problem is that this is probably the most heavily guarded, technologically advanced, how the hell are you going to break into and get out with the money vaults in the world. But Danny cooks up a plan, and itís a good plan, and everyone is needed in every one of their roles. Even Tess.

I wonít give away too much or else Iíll ruin too many of the surprises, but as a movie, "Oceanís Eleven" has some pretty good twists and turns, and in the end is a really good movie, I think, mostly because of the older dudes in the movie Ė they look a little bit more like theyíre having fun, and also have the funnest (yea I know itís not a word, but I donít care, I like "funnest") roles. Comparing it to the original almost isnít fair because it really does come off as a different movie. Sure they update things to make it the 2000ís, but like I said, the biggest difference in the comparison is simply that the new version really does play like actors making a movie, while the earlier comes off as a bunch of friends. Thatís not a bad thing, and in the end I give the 2001 "Oceanís Eleven" 4 stars out of 5, but Clooney isnít Sinatra, nor should he try to be. It almost would have been more fun to see this group of 12 make a different movie than a sort-of remake.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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