Ocean’s Twelve


Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell and George Nolfi. Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for language).


I read Ebert’s review of Ocean’s Eleven way back when and he said something to the effect of…This is a good and entertaining movie, but sort of pointless and more or less of an exercise. Soderbergh is capable of so much it will be nice to see him get back to more important work.


Having seen Ocean’s Eleven once I partly agreed with him. Now having seen it several more times I see a great heist film and now I have no idea what Ebert means by exercise.


Having said that, going into Ocean’s Twelve I expected more of the same. Great technique, a witty script and the same group of stars that made the first Ocean so fun to watch. Here’s what I saw…great technique, a witty script and the same group of stars hamming it up and having a ball. It was still funny and it was far from disappointing, but only now does this film feel like more of a exercise and less like what these talented people ought to be doing.


Don’t get me wrong. Or get me wrong, whatever. This is a fun movie to watch, but it’s pretty much pointless. Looking back I think what separates these two films are the villains. Andy Garcia’s character in Eleven was just about the coolest cat I’ve seen in a film period, that is except for Han Solo. In Twelve the villain is kind of a circus clown. First off he’s the typical French arrogant fucker we’ve come to expect. (Clarification) I have nothing against the French. The problem is that he just comes off more like a circus clown. Not very intimidating unless you’re twelve…years old that is. (Clarification) That was a fairly rotten pun, forgive me.


This is a fun film, but again pointless. Much like typing a concluding paragraph for every review. Fuck it. Final thoughts, you’re on your own.


~ by fumikaelson on December 19, 2004.

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