WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The motley bunch of thieves from OCEAN'S 11 have reunited, as the man from whom they stole $160M in the first installment, is pissed, knows where they are, and wants his money back with interest. The crew decide to head to Europe this time around, and while there, are tailed by a sexy agent, in competition with a fellow European high-class burglar and up to their ears in "in-jokes". Brad Pitt looking damn sharp...ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didn't get a chance to see this film in theaters when it was originally released and truthfully hadn't heard too many good things about it. I was also one of the few people who thought the original OCEAN'S 11 was "so-so" at best, so as I sat down to watch this film, I can't say that my expectations were all that high. Well, color me semi-surprised as I found myself enjoying most of this movie, primarily due to its unique style and European flavor, as well as the continued solid chemistry between Clooney and Pitt, and the introduction of hottie Catherine Zeta-Jones and great man, Vincent Cassel, who added a little spice to the proceedings. Much like the original, I still found that there were way too many characters of which to keep track, and was disappointed that the more fun ones like Bernie Mac, the hilariously mustache'd Casey Affleck and Scotty Caan, were underused. On the other hand, I was damn grateful that Julia Roberts was also underused, and didn't particularly care for the film's "play with Roberts" (which I won't ruin for anyone who hasn't seen the picture yet), which rounding off the film, started to turn things towards a downward spiral, I thought.
In fact, once Robert was brought back into the movie, and Bruce Willis showed up with his cameo, things just seemed to get a little too surreal and "Hey, look at us...we're famous and we're having fun with ourselves so you should too!" and I just didn't get into that. I was actually into most of the film up until that point, but I tuned out during its final, more convoluted and "cutesy" final act. That said, Pitt still delivered some very funny lines, Damon was believable as the goof, Cassel played his part perfectly, Clooney seemed to take a backseat here, and all of the locations were gorgeous, particularly Amsterdam, which is my native land, so I guess I have a place in my heart for it. The film also goes on for a little too long, and despite a damn cool opening scene and freeze-frame, an awesome soundtrack and score and plenty of unique camerawork from Steven Soderbergh, I think it just ran out of steam in the end. All in all though, still a decent time at the movies, especially if you're a fan of most of these actors and Europe and heist flicks in general. The plot line's nothing to email home about, but it kept my interest for most of the way through, and nowadays, that's saying something. "I just phoned in that Dennis Quaid movie." -- hilarious!
Wow, a whole theatrical trailer. Sniff, sniff...can you smell that? That's right, a Special Edition coming soon to a DVD store near you!
An okay movie overall, but when you consider the sheer amount of talent behind it, I guess it still turned out to be a small disappointment, when all was said and done. As for this DVD, well, if you're like me and you enjoy the extras and all of that behind-the-scenes stuff, forget this disc and just wait until the studio releases a jam-packed Special Edition DVD in a few weeks/months. Don't support this double-dipping shit, people...you're the ones who are asking for it, by continuing to buy countless amounts of the same movies.