George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Elliot
Gould, Carl Reiner, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Shaobo Qin and Julia Roberts
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Running Time: 117 mins
to buy on DVD 14th October
After four years
in prison, Daniel Ocean (Clooney) is a reformed character, or so the parole
board would like to think. What they don't know is that he used the time
to plan the most audacious robbery in history. Las Vegas, three casinos,
unrivalled security and over $150 million make this the near impossible
job that is too good to turn down. Danny can't it on his own so along with
his partner in crime Dusty Ryan (Pitt), they gather together a team of experts
that can get the job done. What they don't know is that Danny has an ulterior
motive, the casinos he plans to rob are all own by Terry Benedict (Garcia)
who just happens to be dating his ex-wife Tess (Roberts).
This movie is the
epitome of cool. Everything thing about it just oozes class. The cast is
unbelievable, the direction is exquisite and the plot is sublime. This is
how all movies should be made.
A remake of a movie
that is only really remembered for starring all of the Rat Pack, this film
has been totally transformed into a modern cult classic. All the credit
has to go to Steven Soderbergh who brings us something we don't seldom get
to see, a group of A-List actors in the same film looking like they are
having fun. This is the overall feeling you get from the movie, that everyone
involved really loved what they were doing and they did it more for the
joy of acting than the paycheque. This is what makes the movie so special.
A true ensemble
piece, with every character essential to the flow of the movie and the director
lets every actor have a key scene. George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt
are tremendous in the roles of honourable thieves who never use guns, don't
swear and only steal from people who deserve it. The supporting cast is
exceptional from Elliot Gould and Carl Reiner providing a touch of class
to the menacing Andy Garcia, who you really want to get his comeuppance.
But this is a movie where the cast is the standout not an individual.
The plot is funny,
charming and cool, twisting and turning to a brilliant conclusion that will
leave you extremely satisfied. Not many directors could have pulled this
off but Soderbergh is someone, like Robert Altman, Woody Allen or the Coen
Brothers, that actors really want to work with and when they do they will
always come back for more. This, along with his earlier outing Out of Sight,
proves that Soderbergh can deliver a certain coolness that will make you
want to see this movie again and again.
What more can I
say, the whole movie is pure entertainment.
with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia Audio commentary with Steven
Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffen
'The Making of Ocean's Eleven' documentary
'The Look of the Con' documentary
'Behind the Scenes' documentary
Cast and crew highlights
DVD Rom - 'In or Out Challenge' - cuts you in on the caper for a big time
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