Good for laugh but don't too much
VASEMACA RARABICI (Sunday, December 26, 2004)

IF you enjoyed watching Ocean's Eleven three years ago, check out the sequel Ocean's Twelve that's screening at Village Six.

This two-hour movie is full of action, adventure, romance, thrills and gangster crime.

In 2001 the star-studded cast - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julia Roberts - pulled off one of the most audacious and lucrative heists in history.

They robbed a ruthless entrepreneur of every dime stored in his impenetrable Las Vegas vault.

After splitting the $165 million take, each of the infamous Ocean's crew tried to go straight, lay low and live a legit life.

Naturally, the ruthless entrepreneur wasn't just going to sit on that, so he hunts down all 11 of the team and tells them it's time to pay up.

In order to do so, the team has reunited in Ocean's Twelve to pull off a series of heists around Europe, all the while trying to outsmart "The Night Fox", a thief who wants to be known as the best of the best.

Ocean's Twelve is the perfect mix of star power and perfect locations.

While there was an orgy of on-screen presence,

Clooney, Pitt, Roberts and the cast held their own. While I left the theatre wishing Bernie Mac had more of a role, I felt that the addition Cath-erine Zeta-Jones enabled the movie to rise above the clichd sequel it could have been.

The movie's jokes are fairly decent. It tries very hard to be funny, and while that shows, you'll probably end up bursting into laughter regularly.

The star power comes through a lot, as you'll see cameos and references.

There are a lot of the major stars poking fun at themselves, and you can tell the actors had fun in filming.

The music is a light fare of the superb original.

Sadly, the key points that made the first film amazing ... are gone.

Notably though is Matt Damon's performance. As Brad Pitt did in the first one, Damon easily steals the show in this one and has the most enjoyable character to watch.

The locations were breathtaking. It is entirely possible that I will recommend seeing this movie just for its locations. Each scene drips with a class one rarely finds in a cinema. I recommend Ocean's Twelve to anyone who enjoys good acting, class, great locations, and amazing cohesion in cast.

As the movie goes on you'll keep waiting for something really cool and clever like the first one ... and then with 15 minutes left you'll realise it's not coming and be extremely let down.

It'll be easy to walk out and think of several ways they could have gone with the script to make it more enjoyable.

You'll laugh, but you'll be ultimately disappointed overall I think because the style and sleekness of the first one is just gone.


It is a huge shame to say this, but rent it. This could have been, and should have been, a blockbuster.

Ocean's Eleven didn't get much acclaim in theatres, but since then has gotten the notoriety it probably deserved.

Ocean's Twelve will be forgotten almost instantly. Instead of trying to

top itself, Soderberg just went ahead and tried to make an artsy "fun" movie that ignored all the things audiences enjoyed about the first one.

See it, but don't expect too much ... just a few laughs and the opportunity to watch stars bounce off each other.

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