479. Ocean’s Thirteen

Background info

Title: Ocean’s Thirteen479-oceans-thirteen
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Year: 2007
Run time: 2hrs 2m

“Thirteen is the new twelve in the third terrific chapter of Oscar winners George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s criminal caper series. With a stellar cast of criminal cohorts (including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and newcomers Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin), it doesn’t matter if it’s eleven, twelve or thirteen – it all adds up to fun. So… are you in or are you out?”

Live blog

1:54 – I think this character is one of my favourite Brad Pitt roles.
6:24 – “Screw Sinatra’s hand.”
12:02 – I know they hate him but that hotel does look amazing.
20:04 – It’s actually kinda impressive how many different games there are in casinos.
23:03 – “You’re analogue players in a digital world.” Booo!
26:22 – Ooh, I love those big US trucks.
37:49 – Loving the abundance of fake moustaches in this one.
41:04 – Ooh, wasn’t expecting the return of the French guy!
44:30 – Trying to work out the cockney rhyming slang of “cattled.”
47:24 – Yay, another familiar face!
59:38 – Haha! The Oprah scene has to be one of my favourites.
1:13:25 – That being a phone to absolutely covet seems laughable now! I dread to think what modern films will look like in ten years.
1:21:31 – Love that the two brothers have more of a role this time.
1:24:49 – Eddie to the rescue!
1:26:14 – How can a hotel be overbooked by 40%? Where do all the people go?
1:31:12 – Live photoshopping.
1:36:32 – Already so hard to take Linus seriously, without the crazy fake nose.
1:39:57 – The dice thing is boggling.
1:49:38 – For the second film in a row, the French guy stole the replicas!

Conclusions

Somehow, I’d managed to see part one of the Ocean’s Eleven series multiple times, part two maybe a couple but never got round to seeing part three. That all changed, and after viewing the first two as a bit of a refresher, we opted to watch Ocean’s Thirteen to complete the trilogy.

I thought it was much better than the second, the story made more sense and it had a greater and more believable reason for them to do what they were doing. It also had the missing ingredient from the second film – that moment where you have no idea what they’re planning or why but that trust that it will all become clear in the end.

I think neither film is a patch on the first, they never quite manage to recapture that group dynamic that they had in that original outing, but at least they rounded the trilogy off as well as they could.

Rating: 3/5.

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