Wednesday, April 13, 2005

When 12 is less than 11...


[Pic Courtesy IMDb]

Like most sequels, Ocean's 12 is a big disappointment when compared to its predecessor. It boasts of more star power, more exotic locations and heists with bigger payoffs but is dull and predictable for the most part. The easy camarederie between the stars and the in-jokes make it clear that all involved had fun during the making of the movie but the film unfortunately was not as much fun for me.

The full gang of Ocean's 11 is forced to get back together when casino owner Terry(Andy Garcia) wants them to pay him back, with interest, the money they stole from him in the previous movie. They get their targets lined up but there is another thief, Night Fox, who wants to prove that he is better than Ocean(George Clooney) in the thieving business. Meanwhile Rusty's(Brad Pitt) ex-flame(Catherine Zeta-Jones) has the gang in sight too.

Ocean's 12 has 2 big heists. The first one is so complicated and work-intensive and requires so much preparation that it loses all semblance of reality. On the other hand, the second one is anti-climactic and disappointing. It has quite a buildup and since several key things go wrong, it keeps us guessing as to how it will eventually be executed. But the final developments turn out to be a case of deus ex machina and entirely predictable.

Eventually, the only enjoyable moments in the movie turn out to be non-heist-related. There is some funny banter when the gang gets together like the members' displeasure with being referred to as Ocean's 11. Matt Damon's earnest, straight-laced turn is also enjoyable in the scenes where takes part in a hilarious meeting with a middleman and their group meeting where he takes exception to referring to someone as a 'freak'. Pitt and Zeta-Jones also share good chemistry while Julia Roberts(alongwith Bruce Willis in a cameo) takes a few shots at her own image.

PS: Question for those who have seen the movie... Who is the actor playing the master thief, whose face we see only at the end?

16 Comments:

At 3:51 PM, Anonymous ram said...

shouldnt your title be " When 12 is less than 11..."

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Thats the French actor Vincent Cassel, who also happens to be the husband of the Uber-hot Monica Bellucci! :-)
Remember both of them starred in the most controversial film release of 2002 - Irreversible

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

thanx ram. I've changed the title...

vjay, some reviews made a big deal out of that reveal which is why I wanted to know who the actor was. But no surprise for me since I have no idea who Cassel is anyway. Not sure if I've seen anything he's been in. Know for sure I didnt see 'Irreversible' since I wasn't sure I'd be able to stomach the supposedly ultra-raw and violent scenes(a rape i think). u've seen it I guess? any comments?

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous ram said...

Dont even think of watching Irreversible...:( + :( + :( + ( +....

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous ram said...

vijays, u asked for my review of M_Xpress...here it is www.geocities.com/ram_aishoo/MumbaiExpress.htm
Sorry Balaji, for abUSING ur blog...but hey elaam sivamayam endru sollivinum...enakku elaam cinemaa mayam...
ram

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's albert finney...a soderdberg regular (Erin Brockovich's boss)

 
At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

digression.

First (of many:)) review to say CM sucks

http://halwacity.blogspot.com/2005/04/blog-post_14.html

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Balaji - I havent seen the film yet. Have gotten a lot of mixed opinions on the film. Konjam bayama irunthuthu, so I decided to move it down to the bottom of my netflix queue :-)
Ram - Mikka Nandri..Kalakkiteenga! Will read the review shortly..

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Oops!I stand corrected..I thought you were asking about the Nightfox..The master thief Lamarque, whose identity is revealed in the end, is indeed played by Albert Finney. Thanks to Anon for rightfully pointing it out.

 
At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Yeah, it's Albert Finney who was also in Soderbergh's ERIN BROCKOVICH and TRAFFIC.
Re: IRREVERSIBLE. I highly recommend watching it even though it may be the most painful viewing experience you may able to imagine. For the first twenty minutes you feel very, very sick, then you start to get to know the characters and then you're literally forced to endure THAT rape scene in a single take and then come to love the characters whose lives have been changed forever. Its narrative structure resembles the excellent MEMENTO, but this is far more extreme and at times barbaric. Watch it, but NOT to be entertained, rather to be educated in the cruel ways of man and fate.

 
At 12:47 AM, Blogger Ram.C said...

Watched "After the Sunset" after your last review....Even earlier, my friends suggested. Good to watch alone, without disturbances.

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger Akshay Shah said...

BTW Balaji, if you're interested in checking out a decent "con" caper I suggest you check out BLUFFMASTER( Hindi)

http://aakshayshah.blogspot.com/2007/04/akshay-shah-rewatch-bluffmaster-2005.html

A.Shah

 
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