Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Time: 116 min
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle

Storyline:

Recently paroled con artist Danny Ocean is a man who keeps his cool in situations unlikely to make any individual comfortable. No sooner does he violate his parole that he’s traveling around the country gathering people for his next big scheme: to rob three casinos owned by the ever ruthless Terry Benedict. With the aid of a right hand man named Rusty, a thief out of retirement, a pickpocket, a card dealer, a surveillance man, a Chinese acrobat, an explosives expert, two frontmen, and a bitter casino mogul, they make up Ocean’s eleven, out to make one very big score.

One review

  • It’s his last day in an orange jumpsuit. The buzzer sounds, and the cell door opens. He is Daniel Ocean (Clooney), an esteemed con artist and heist veteran. It doesn’t take long for him to get back to his favorite city, Las Vegas. He meets with his accomplice, Rusty Ryan (Pitt), and lays his plan out on the table. There is a vault that holds the money for three casinos, the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM Grand, and he wants to take all of it. Both Ocean and Ryan agree that they’ll need not only a well-executed plan, but also a heist crew that is as crazy as they are. After putting together a group of 11 men, they get set for the biggest heist on a Las Vegas vault in history, and the craziness, suspense, and humor ensues.

    In this reincarnation of the Rat Pack classic of the same name, the stars shine brighter than the lights of the city that the story takes place in. With an unprecedented ensemble cast featuring some of the hottest actors of the early 21st century (see above), Ocean’s Eleven has had money rolling in based on its poster alone. However, while the casting alone boosts the box office, this film does have great characters, and it’s a fun movie to watch. What I loved the most about this movie was the smart, witty humor that occurs throughout, especially within the dialogue between Rusty and others.
    While this film doesn’t exactly fit into any Oscar category, and there really is no major life lesson or theme, this movie brings classiness, wit, and style to the big screen with the big stars

    I felt like the script included some scenes or lines that really weren’t needed, and they didn’t add anything positive to the story. That is my only negative thought, and this is one of my favorite not-so-serious movies!

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