Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

You know, you’re half smart, Ocean.

— Willy Bank

Soderbergh and company wanted to conclude the Ocean’s saga with Ocean’s Thirteen. This installment is a return of form with the gang returning to their roots in Las Vegas. I am glad that everyone returned to the slick caper story like the first movie.

During their absences between capers, the gang is reunited when Reuben suffers a cardiac infarction when a deal with an egomaniacal property owner, Willy Bank (Al Pacino) goes south. When one of the Twelve is wronged, a price needs to be paid. Danny pays Willy a visit when he was at the construction of his place, The Bank Casino.

The Bank Casino is an extravagant showplace with no expense spared with its marble floors and golden silverware. Willy wants to win another “Five Diamond” necklace for the best hotel in terms of customer service and overall cleanliness. Willy’s right-hand woman, Abigail (Ellen Barkin) is his eyes and ears to see if anybody would do anything during their soft opening.

Danny and Rusty seek the advice of Roman to find a way to seek revenge on Willy before the official opening of The Bank Casino on July 3rd. After some brainstorming, the team decides to destroy Willy from the inside out. First, they have to get inside of the building by bribing the lead concierge, Debbie (Olga Sosnovska), rig all of the games so the gamblers win, create a seismic event and distract a “Five Diamond” critic (David Paymer).

If they pull off this feat, they could get away with over $500 million dollars and at the same time bankrupt Willy Bank in the process. As their plan goes along, they realized that they bit off more than they can chew. Begrudgingly, they seek the help of Terry Benedict to help them carry out the mission.

First, what was up with Al Pacino’s skin? He was fluorescent orange. He was tanoxeric. It distracted me. I’m glad that they recaptured some of the magic from the first movie. I have a problem with some of the lighting. The shadowy scenes muddled everything. Nothing popped out of the screen. Soderbergh ended the series of a good note.

Judgment: If you want to see a return to form, watch this movie.

Rating: ***1/2

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Posted on November 30, 2009, in 2007, Action, Crime, Director's Chair, Drama, Steven Soderbergh, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Speaking of a return to form – Ocean’s 13 makes a similar oversight that 11 made: An incomplete picture of the bad guy. Terry Benedict was an interesting bad guy, but the scope of his ability to make bad things happen was never really established other than anecdotally (and that’s not enough in a medium that uses pictures to tell a story). In the end, Benedict was totally snowed, and the good guys pretty much skated away without much in the way of resistance. If there was resistance of any kind, it was more of a man vs. nature kind.

    The same thing pops up here in Ocean’s 13. There’s so many heroes, there just isn’t enough time to properly fill out the villains. At least this time we actually witness one of his bad deeds when he double crosses Reuben. Otherwise though, we don’t really get the whole deal with his fingers crossed thing – or the actual power he has to make terible things happen to characters who aren’t of the age where they might expect to have a cardiac infarction every now and then.

    It’s pretty much a moot point anyway: This movie isn’t about classic good vs. evil structure, it’s about style, fun and frienhship, and much like the original, it has it in spades.

    • I guess, the point of the movie is to cloud the “bad guy” in mystery so you can root for the Eleven more. Soderbergh wanted to focus of the con more than the people. That is a hinderance of the movie.

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