Film Review: Ocean’s Thirteen

29 Jun

Plot: Ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) never imagined that the odds were against him when he double-crossed Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) friend and mentor Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), putting the distraught Reuben in a hospital bed in critical condition. But Bank miscalculated… badly. He may have taken down one of the original Ocean’s Eleven, but he left the others standing and, worse for him, gave them a shared purpose: to take Bank down on the night of what should be his greatest triumph–the grand opening of his new casino, appropriately named The Bank. Their strategy is twofold. First, they will ruin him financially by turning the tables on the precept that the house always wins. But, that’s just money. The knockout punch will be to Bank’s personal pride and joy: his reputation as the only hotelier who has earned the Royal Review Board’s Five Diamond Award on every single one of his hotels. The plan is elaborate, dangerous and damn near impossible, but there are no limits when it comes to one of their own.

Like most franchises, I am not a huge fan of the Ocean films although I quite enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven (not the original, shame on me really). So when I learned that there will be Ocean’s Thirteen I wasnt leaping for joy until it was announced that my favorite actor for all time, the inimitable and brilliant Al Pacino is joining the gang. Like one of them said, not sure now if it was Clooney or Pitt, they decided to add Pacino to give the film a little bit of credibility, and rightly so!

I actually quite enjoyed it and it was far way better than Ocean’s Twelve and that’s where my rating comes from. You never really miss the women in a good old caper fun like this. Although it was nice to see a still sexy Ellen Barkin reuniting here with Pacino. Pacino is in top form although his role wasnt that much of a stretch, I had a little bit of goosebumps seeing Andy Garcia and Al Pacino in one of the casino scenes, as you know they both starred in The Godfather III.

After three installments, I have accepted the fact that the acting ensemble in the Ocean’s film work all the time because they are friends in real life and are obviously having fun doing the films as if it were just some home movie. If only in real life you can be yourself, make your own home movies and still earn the dosh for it!

Ocean’s Thirteen: 3.5/5

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