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Review: Ocean's 13

May. 29, 2007by: Jenny Karakaya

OCEAN'S 13
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon...

PLOT: A follow up to OCEANS ELEVEN and OCEANS TWELVE, OCEANS THIRTEEN reunites Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the gang in Vegas to risk another calculated scheme and avenge the betrayal of their despaired friend Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould) who has suffered a heart attack after being cheated out of his share in a new casino by ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino).

CRITIQUE: The Vegas clan isnt the only one seeking revenge with the third installment of the OCEANS franchise. Director Steven Soderbergh makes his own comeback to avenge the negative reviews of TWELVE and find redemption with THIRTEEN. Reminiscent of its old school roots, the film returns to its original, classic casino setting to entertain us with another sensational, dangerous heist. The grand production and all-star ensemble cast is complimented with the addition of mega talented Al Pacino and fiery Ellen Barkin.

Sadly, Julia Roberts does not return leaving Barkin as the solo female in the epicenter of the distinguished boys club (lucky girl!) Although Roberts is greatly missed, Barkin's magnetic and zesty performance makes her a force to be reckoned with. Having vast experience with gangster, bad boy roles, Pacino is deliciously evil as always. As for the rest of the gang, they are handsome and entertaining as usual.

Clooney and Pitt are irresistible in every scene they share. Their camaraderie and chemistry is magical. Their witty exchanges and funny dialogue are so engaging you cant help but giggle like a little enchanted schoolgirl. Charming and gorgeous make this duo a continuously stimulating and temperature raising sight. The remainder of the cast is humorous as usual with the inclusion of Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict. Matt Damon is especially funny with a new comical disguise to support his increased responsibilities.

The fast paced, exciting, action packed plot is enhanced with the use of rousing, vivid colors. Although the cinematography is stimulating, the colors are so vibrant that they give some of the cast an over tanned appearance. The score compliments the pace of the film and the action is intensified with great cutaway shots and awesome editing. Simply put, Soderbergh is a master at his craft and OCEANS THIRTEEN is a showcase of his spectacular vision. There isnt a dull moment in the film as the men conspire to contrive an ingenious plan of action for this complex heist which they execute with perfection. Im sure that OCEANS fans will be very pleased and impressed with the outcome of this enjoyable film. I was enticed from beginning to end! -- 9/10

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