Ocean's Twelve (Cert 12A, 125 mins)
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould and others
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
AS WITH the original Rat Pack film Ocean's 11 and its subsequent remake, Ocean's Twelve is an excuse for some top stars to hang out together and have fun.
They certainly do in this caper film which boasts a convoluted plot and Hollywood's A and B lists taking very little seriously.
The peg on which to hang this one is the return of casino owner Andy Garcia demanding the return of the money the gang of crooks conned out of him in the original movie.
It's best not to ask too many questions with a storyline like this, such as why the gang agree so readily to return the cash when Garcia seems attended by only two heavies.
Well, they do and Clooney is soon gathering his hand-picked team together again to raise millions of dollars in just the few days they have been given.
Given that their faces are known in the US, the gang decide to steal what they need in Europe.
It's as good an excuse as any for some pleasant location shooting in Amsterdam and Rome with the all-star cast getting free holidays in return for very little acting work.
Screenwriter George Nolfi manages to give everyone a bit of something to do - Clooney, however, gets the giant's share - and comes up with some obscure ways of stealing, one involving a house theft of such complexity that it is difficult to follow.
To add to the fun we get international thief Vincent Cassel ("The Night Fox") out to prove he is better than the Ocean's mob and international detective Catherine Zeta-Jones also hot on the trail of Clooney's criminal collective.
Zeta-Jones is a revelation, much softer than the over made-up females she has been playing recently.