I finally was able to see Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's
Twelve. Since this review is a little late, I'm sure most now know
that the film has had some pretty mixed reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes,
of the 129 registered reviews, only 77 said the film was good. I hate to
break it to you, but I'm a little mixed on this film as well.
Ok, I know Vincent Cassel in not one of the big names you know that are in the film; everybody has those shots. Besides, he is the nemesis!
Over-the-Top in Ocean's Twelve
First off, in Ocean's Twelve, it seemed that Soderbergh felt that
he had to take everything from the first film, Ocean's Eleven, and just
push it over the top. One of the over-the-top moments [SPOILER
ALERT], is when Julia Roberts plays as herself in the film. In an
attempt to help her husband, Danny Ocean, Tess Ocean [played by Julia Roberts]
must pretend to be... well... Julia Roberts. The film then makes about a
fifteen minute gag about her role, a gag that was about ten minutes too
Another fact that bothered me greatly was the lack of details. Remember
all the planning and details mentioned in the first Ocean's film?
Ocean's Twelve, on the other hand, shows the team briefly mention
what they are doing and then quickly cuts to them doing it; with barely
any explanation. You have to watch close to really get a fix on what they
are trying to do. Also, Ocean's Eleven purposely leaves out a few details
till the end of the film to help serve up a nice surprise for the viewers.
Again, Ocean's Twelve goes over the top.
Instead of leaving out little details, Ocean's Twelve leaves out
entire scenes and heists. Of course you are going to surprise your viewers
when you don't even give them the slightest hint of what is going on. It
is like me taking the key scene out of a movie, cutting to some scenes that
are not really important for the plot, and then cutting back to the key
scene at the end and saying 'tricked you!'. It shouldn't have to be that
What to Like
First off, the whole team is back. With this much talent, it is hard not
to have a descent movie. I also enjoyed [again] the antics between the brothers
played by Casey Affleck and Scott Caan. Matt Damon was also more involved
as he attempted to be a larger player amongst the eleven.
One of the best 'hot shots' from the film is the view of Zeta Jones when
she has long hair. Hot hot!
The new location setting was also refreshing, and the addition of Vincent
Cassel as François Toulour was also a nice change. I'm not sure about
his dance number through the laser beams though [that scene should go either
way with viewers]. Some will see this scene as silly, while others may think
it is pretty cool. If you have never seen Vincent Cassel, get your butt
up and go to your local video store to rent Brotherhood of the Wolf
[Pacte des loups, Le], an action French film about an unknown beast;
damn cool movie.
Besides this, Ocean's Twelve uses the same formula as Ocean's
Eleven, and for me to really say anything about the film, may already
be giving too much away [hell, the film doesn't tell you what is going on
till the end]. If you thought Ocean's Eleven was really cool, you
will find Ocean's Twelve to be pretty cool; see the difference
here? The only change that may have added some additional coolness to the
film is the use of the text that counts down the days remaining for our
Final Judgment: I really don't know what to say about this film. Ocean's
Eleven found something cool and rode on it. Ocean's Twelve,
on the other hand, knew it was cool and tried to force it. In an over-the-top
attempt to out due its predecessor, the movie leaves you completely in
the dark for most of the film. The end result is not a surprise ending
necessarily, but a strange one.