"It's going to be interesting to see how people respond," muses Steven Soderbergh. He's talking about Ocean's Twelve, the first sequel in the 14 films of his career to date. "I think it's as entertaining as Ocean's Eleven but it's got a very different set of priorities. It's more emotional, it's more character-driven and it's more complicated on a narrative level. I hope people can ride with it."
Set in Paris, Amsterdam and Rome, Ocean's Twelve reunites the suave gang of crooks as they try to find $93 million to pay back the vengeful owner of the three casinos they robbed in the 2001 original - inspired, of course, by the 1960 Rat Pack film with Frank Sinatra.
If fans of the groundbreaking Soderbergh - who won the Palme D'Or for his debut Sex, Lies, And Videotape in 1989 and a Best Director Oscar for Traffic 12 years later - might be a little perturbed that he has cosseted himself in the mainstream, he's on more of a mission than merely to entertain. Despite the addition of Catherine Zeta-Jones to an already-stellar cast that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, Soderbergh was determined the sequel cost no more than the original (around $85 million), disproving the Hollywood adage that all follow-ups must be more expensive.
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