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'Eleven' plus Zeta-Jones equals sequel that's as much fun as original caper
December 10, 2004
Familiarity breeds contentment.
Legions of moviegoers have been waiting for "Ocean's Twelve," the follow-up to 2001's "Ocean's Eleven."
The wait is over, and three years haven't dimmed the camaraderie among the stars that made the remake of the Rat Pack's 1960 "Ocean's 11" such a pleasure to watch.
Forget that it's a heist movie. That's secondary. It's really about a bunch of guys and a couple of women who look like they're having a great time together. All the original cast members are back -- George Clooney as ringleader Danny Ocean; Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Shaobo Qin and Eddie Jemison.
A radiant and young-looking Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast as Rusty Ryan's (Pitt's) love interest, who happens to be a Europol agent looking for Ryan and his pals.
The basis for the movie is "Honor Among Thieves," a screenplay by George Nolfi. Director Steven Soderbergh keeps the banter flowing and takes the proceedings to Rome; Chicago; Amsterdam; Paris; Monte Carlo; Lake Como, Italy; and Sicily. With that much international scenery, you might expect James Bond to pop up; instead, one famous star in a cameo adds to the merriment when another star is called upon to be a self-impersonator.
Moving from Las Vegas, where the "Eleven" gang robbed the Bellagio of $160 million three years ago, the film establishes the after-heist lives of the thieves, who have settled in various cities, trying to keep a low profile.
But Garcia's character, the casino owner who lost his money and Roberts' character Tess to Clooney, isn't content to take the insurance company settlement. He wants his money back, plus interest, and he tracks down the gang members and delivers a pay-up-or-pay-the-piper warning.
There's nothing for them to do but stage some jobs in Europe to come up with the cash. In their way is a competitor, a playboy called the Night Fox, played by Vincent Cassel.
More than one moviegoer leaving the Tuesday night sneak preview at AMC Clearwater was overheard bemoaning the confusing plot. Clarity would be welcome, but it's just good to see the gang and their individual quirks all here, and Clooney stepping back a bit to allow others to shine.
Give the "scene-stealer" award to Gould, who looks like he's auditioning to play Jerry Lewis in some other movie.
An "Ocean's Thirteen" sequel? The odds are in its favor.
Call Star reporter Bonnie Britton at (317) 444-6258.
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