Ocean's Eleven (2001) [English (AC3, 384 kBit/s, 48 kHz, Dolby Digital 4.1)]
Genre: Comedy / Crime
Length: 1h 56m 0s
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Tagline: Are You In Or Out?
Plot outline: A gangster by the name of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) rounds up a gang of associates to stage heists of three major Las Vegas casino's (Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand) simultaneously during a popular boxing event. Summary written by Ryan McIntosh {Jaded_Aero@hotmail.com} When Daniel Ocean is released from prison in New Jersey, his next heist is already planned. Danny's target are three Las Vegas casinos: The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. They all belong to ruthless entrepreneur Terry Benedict, who, by the way, also shows a certain interest in Danny's beautiful ex-wife Tess. During a much-anticipated boxing event (Lennox Lewis vs. Wladimir Klitschko), there will be $150 million in the safe, 70 yards below the strip. So, Danny starts to hire professionals from all over the country: There's the card magician Rusty Ryan, the perfect pickpocket Linus Caldwell and the ingenious pyrotechnician Basher Tarr. Reuben Tishkoff, who lost a casino to Benedict, provides funding, the brothers Virgil and Turk Malloy will drive and help, and Frank Catton, a professional card dealer, gets a job at the casino to watch the routines. Saul Bloom, already retired, will play the rich heavy weaponry dealer and live in the hotel, while Livingston Dell bugs the place to have a look over the shoulders of the security personnel. Finally, the chinese acrobat artist Yen will be the one to move inside the safe before the motion detectors are turned off. There are three rules to be followed: First: no blood. Second: Rob only who deserves it. Third: Do it as if you have nothing to lose. When the day of the boxing event finally draws near, all is set, and Benedict doesn't have a clue - or does he? Summary written by Julian Reischl {julian.reischl@tuquoque.de} Recently paroled con artist Danny Ocean is a man who keeps his cool in situations unlikely to make any individual comfortable. No sooner does he violate his parole that he's traveling around the country gathering people for his next big scheme: to rob three casinos owned by the ever ruthless Terry Benedict. With the aid of a right hand man named Dusty, a thief out of retirement, a pickpocket, a card dealer, a surveillance man, a chinese acrobat, an explosives expert, two frontmen, and a bitter casino mogul, they make up Ocean's eleven, out to make one very big score. Summary written by MonkeyKingMA
Comment: As in "The Limey" and "Traffic" Soderbergh will now and then (in the earlier films he did it all the time) use a visual gimmick that's pointless and ill-advised - like the useless, split-second split screen he introduces and then immediately drops during one casino sequence (why during THAT sequence, and not another?), or the jerky, stroboscopic motion of Danny and Linus running into one another on the train. It's a pity. Visually, "The Limey" and "Traffic" were ALL hollow gimmickry, which meant that no particular Jean-Luc Godard touch (like Godard, Soderbergh uses "experimental" devices as though he's trying to patent them) did much harm - but the photography in "Ocean's Eleven" is, at heart, simply wonderful: tinsel colours, beguiling bright lights, tight framing. It's not just the visuals. Soderbergh's three previous films (the only other three I've seen) come across as mere exercises. "The Limey" (the worst) appears to be a classroom assignment that accidentally saw the light of day; "Erin Brokovich" is a formulaic commercial exercise; "Traffic" is a propaganda exercise. Soderbergh has said that in making "Ocean's Eleven" he wanted to make a purely entertaining film, and the way he said made me think that he viewed it, too, as just another exercise, but it entertains so well and with such intelligence and grace that the artistry must be regarded as real. There's so much that's right that could not have been got right simply by accident. The thieves are all civilised: the co-operate, and when they disagree, they disagree in a civilised fashion. So many other directors would have made the tensions between them the point and driving force of the film - to give the film "depth", perhaps. But Soderbergh realises that it's eleven versus the casinos, and that factional warfare would neither complicate, nor deepen, nor enliven the picture. These thieves really are cool and intelligent. When Danny meets his ex-wife, he admits that his advice on her love life is neither disinterested nor unbiased, and then adds, "...but that doesn't mean that I'm wrong." He simply SAYS this, and Tess actually digests the comment and admits its force without being one over by it, and my God, can it be, is this an actual CONVERSATION taking place on screen? Scenes that other films would have played up as contests or clashes of passion, this one milks for their value as dialectic. It's almost a first. THAT'S why the dialogue (which by and large isn't, alas, as clever as it should be) sparkles. And the heist itself is pleasingly clever. It's a charming film. Spoiler ahead! Yet, as I said, the remaining flaws somehow gnawed at me. The ending in particular. Danny and Tess shouldn't have got back together - reaching an amicable understanding would have been better for both them and the audience. And we shouldn't have seen them being tailed without, at the very least, being told whether or not they knew they were being tailed. Trust Soderbergh to make two opposing mistakes at once: weakening the intelligence of the ending for the sake of sweetness, without actually making the ending any sweeter; then taking away the sweetness for the sake (I presume) of logic, without making the ending any more intelligent.
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Country: USA
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Actors:
George ClooneyasDanny Ocean
Matt DamonasLinus Caldwell
Andy GarciaasTerry Benedict
Brad PittasRusty Ryan