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The "always a way out" attitude is saved by a coherent narrative arcs; phew, that was close.
Soderberg made a fool out of us. All this time he was securing his third act while we were busy laughing at his jokes. The director Steven Soderberg has smartly managed to get out of the red zone of ending a trilogy on a satisfactory note. It doesn't suggest that he won't have to make a good film. It's just that he will have to focus on this very heist. The previous didn't matter, couldn't matter, if they tried. These are the benefits of a stand alone films, and Soderberg has managed to carve that piece out for this trilogy. Mostly considered to be an improvement than the previous chapter, to me this one felt more obliged to fulfill certain needs than any other films.
I know you are thinking that, now I am contradicting myself. But I am not stuck in a loop. The characters that are gifted with a hint of dramatic side takes a toll on the film's up beating nature. Again, not to say that Soderberg doesn't balance the drama and humor, if anything, he does it elegantly. But the film after choosing say "THIS" sort of narrative track, can't just leave it hanging by, for the rest of the film.
And I think that Al Pacino takes the blame for this phenomenon. His character unfortunately goes undercooked and hence never overpowers anyone, anywhere and anytime in the film. And that is extremely dangerous for the film that spirals out by his terror, when you don't communicate with his menacing ideologies. The corporate formal world that he is arrogantly a part of, is smartly differentiated by the writers by giving him a blunt voice, but it is a drop in the ocean. It is never loud enough to make it ripple or make the Ocean's Thirteen writhe.
Entertaining, yet a shadow of the first two films.
Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen (2007) does not reinvent the wheel here as it repeats many of the successes of the first two films in the franchise with many references to the Ocean's trilogy's past glory. Unfortunately, lots of careful set-up and neat character moments lead up to a lackluster heist. It's all over in a few minutes with hardly any of the suspense or spectacle. All the twists and turns are telegraphed hours before and they reuse reveals from the last film several times. The Ocean's franchise goes out with a bang on a rigged fuse as you have to like the amazing cast and all their charisma, while enjoying similar crime robbing as the first two movies. Audiences are made to like Ocean's Thirteen for doing what they are used to, instead of something new and fresh.
Soderbergh tries to use his flashy style to hide the fact that there's little plot and no thrills. Ocean's Eleven was all lead up to the finale heist, planned out meticulously to show they thought everything out. Ocean's Twelve shows you everything, but coincidentally had antagonists outwit the genius protagonists by virtue of the script. Ocean's Thirteen accomplishes it's heist by sheer luck as any number of aspects could have gone awry this time. The writing isn't as pithy, clever, or foolproof as the previous installments. Soderbergh is such a talented director that you still have fun despite the ridiculous solutions that Danny Ocean's team come up with in Ocean's Thirteen.
The biggest boon Ocean's Thirteen has going for it is a massively talented cast of premier actors giving it their all. George Clooney is suave with his usual subtle humor as mastermind Danny Ocean. Brad Pitt gives his steadfast clever and charming appeal as heist planner everyman Rusty. Andy Garcia gets a more central role compared to Ocean's Twelve, where he had nothing to do at all. Al Pacino is great as the overly confident casino owner Danny's crew is going to rip off. Pacino should have been given even more to do as he's just a pawn in the larger scheme. Just like the wasted Vincent Cassel, who is relegated to essentially a cameo.
Elliott Gould's character Reuben is the premise of Ocean's Thirteen as he falls ill after a bad deal with Pacino. Danny Ocean's crew is going out for revenge against Pacino on Reuben's behalf. Unfortunately, Gould, who was hilarious in the first 2 films, gets only a few cute moments that are emotional at the very least. Carl Reiner gets to put on another funny phoney accent for a few scenes. Shaobo Qin does nothing really as The Amazing Yen, but is a part of the larger subplot with Matt Damon's character. Damon plays it up too much, which is part of the fun of his character Linus' ploy. His seduction of the sultry assistant, played by the funny Ellen Barkin, is one of the funnier silly scenes. Bernie Mac and Don Cheadle are funny, but still get nearly nothing to do. Eddie Jemison and Eddie Izzard are fun characters that get a humorous scene each, but then do nothing. Casey Affleck and Scott Caan are both hilarious and get to do relatively more in Ocean's Thirteen than Ocean's Twelve, but are still underutilized compared to Ocean's Eleven.
Overall, Ocean's Thirteen makes great use of its massive, spectacular cast, but wastes its chance to get some more comedy out of several incredible talents. The script is messy, yet Steven Soderbergh's steadfast and creative direction keep you coming back Ocean's Thirteen.
After the failure of Ocean's Twelve I braced myself for the pain. But they learned from their mistakes and put the action back in the casino.
Hard to make a bad movie with these guys, but this opus severely suffers from the comparison to its predecessors.
They decided to go back to their original formula from the first film. and it works out well with that.
Sad ending to the franchise after the genius of the first two films.
If you enjoyed "Oceans 11" and "Ocean's 12," then you've got to see this 1 because it's the best of the 3!
All of them are so ingenious, and they do such a great job of bringing you in, making you feel like you're part of the team, explaining how they pull their ridiculously genius scheme.
This 1 has even more "family" feel to it as they protect 1 of their own who has been taken advantage of, taking down the villain who "should have known better."
And although they kind of detract from the film a little, I appreciate the parts where team members become more socially conscious- makes it seem almost like they're growing up a little, becoming more aware of the world around them and the impact they can have on it.
Overall, it has all the fun of the first 2 films, with a little more depth.
Seriously flawed. Should never have been made.
This film was great.
Ocean's Thirteen has its problems such as the action which is mostly forgettable and the lack of female characters which bothered me, but the interactions between the team are great per usual, the film is a lot of fun and it features some solid dialogue and humor. It's weaker than the first movie, but definitely an improvement over its predecessor.