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Ocean’s Thirteen June 16, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.

There’s something about Vegas! I’ve now seen all the three installments in this series and also the original 1960 film starring the Rat Pack. I’ve enjoyed all those films on various levels but there is something about Vegas that was definitely missing in Ocean’s Twelve, which disappointed some fans. The boys are back for another adventure in the Sin City and this time they won’t disappoint too many.

Willy Bank (Al Pacino) is a hotel tycoon who is building a new casino in Las Vegas called The Bank. He takes the help of Reuben while setting up his casino but cheats him out of a partnership. Reuben suffers a heart attack due to this incident. Now Ocean and his boys decide to give Bank a run for all he is worth while making some money in the process.

The humor, the camaraderie and the thrilling heist are all there in Thirteen (written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien who have Rounders and Runaway Jury to their credit) and each of these aspects satisfied me in terms of quantity and quality. The only thing I found to be missing from the formula was the introduction or re-introduction of the characters as was done in the previous films. This time director Steven Soderbergh takes us directly to the task at hand. Understandable since the task is more complex and he has to do justice to more characters apart from Ocean’s gang including Pacino as Bank, Ellen Barkin as his right hand, Abigail and also an unexpected return from Vincent Cassell as Francois Toulour (from Ocean’s Twelve). The actors are a treat to watch and they seem to be having more fun than we are allowed to watch as Soderbergh delivers the most satisfactory threequel of the summer.

If you’ve liked at least one of the two predecessors of this film, buy yourself a ticket to this one and some popcorn, sit back, listen carefully as you munch on to your popcorn, stop asking too many questions and enjoy the fun.


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