Ocean's Trilogy Retrospective Review (2001-2007)
The Ocean's series is a trilogy of heist films edited, directed or produced by Steven Soderbergh. The original three films were written by George C. Johnson, George Nolfi, along with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, for each respective film.
Ocean's Eleven (2001):
Ocean's Eleven starred an ensemble cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Bernie Mac, and Elliott Gould. It is a simple film. Danny Ocean (Clooney) wants to rob casino owner, Terry Benedict (García), and get his wife back (Roberts). He brings a team to do this. This film is one of the best when it comes to heist movies, if not the best. It has a huge cast each with its own character that is fairly well delved into. It's not a film that is going to tell you everything about them but enough to keep you satisfied. It does rely on a lot of coincidental items that different characters reveal only when the audience needs to know them. This small issue is forgiven by Soderburg's direction and the chemistry between the cast members.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
Ocean's Twelve (2004):
This film marks the return of the original cast plus Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eddie Izzard, Robbie Coltrane, and Vincent Cassel. After the events of the first film, the crew is blackmailed by into paying him $198 million in two weeks. In order to this, they must execute three heists and then attempt to steal world's oldest stock certificate, issued by the Dutch East India Company in 1602 before a rival thief–"The Night Fox" (Cassel) does so. While on this they are followed by a Europol detective, Agent Isabel Lahiri (Zeta-Jones). Unfortunately, this is the weakest film in the entire trilogy. It steps away from the first film's original heist formula and sort of tries to be a spy film but it does not succeed in every manor. The characters' chemistry is still there but the story isn't. It's not the worst film of all time but it's definitely boring a lot of the time.
Rating: 2.5/5 bowties
Ocean's Thirteen (2007):
This film marks again the complete return of the original cast minus Roberts, Zeta-Jones but adds Al Pacino in the mix. Pacino plays ruthless owner Willy Bank who double-crosses one of the team and puts him in the hospital. Ocean and his team attempt to take him down. This film returns to the original's formula but adds in the idea of revenge. The team is trying to take down Bank and they don't care about anything else. They will even team up with Benedict to do so. Pacino is perhaps the best character here that isn't on the team. While it may not be as good as the original, it does live up to it enough to keep viewers wanting another that probably won't happen.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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