Three years have passed after George Clooney and his crew committed an audacious Las Vegas heist, and the man they robbed from, Andy Garcia has managed to track all of them down. Actually, the movie is an update of what has happened in its 2001 predecessor, Ocean’s Eleven. The boss has only given them two weeks to repay everything they stole from the casinos plus interest. The director, Steven Soderbergh, has done an incredible job of bringing the notorious gang with common characters led by Clooney, Matt, Brad, and Don. You will notice that there are new additional faces who joined the gang, Catherine Zeta-Jones (Europol agent) and Vincent Cassel who believes that the reputation of the Ocean is exaggerated. As a sequel to the previous one, Ocean’s Twelve seems to have many common things with the original cast. However, you will notice that the bad guys portrayed in the first film are not very cruel this time.
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Plot of the Movie
The story begins showing Clooney living a luxurious life with his wife Tess after his retirement. Unaware of what has happened, Clooney is happily celebrating his anniversary until he receives intel that the bosses what their $160 million back failure to which each one will face consequences. Unfortunately, all the gang members had already spent their stolen shares on different things like Clooney had purchased a magnificent home while Brad has bought a hotel. That means that they have to get back to work. Back to Europe to steal enough money to repay their debts and accrued interests.
This means that Clooney and his team have to do something extraordinary in order to steal valuable treasures from a highly secured house in Amsterdam which is built beside a canal. To prove their expertise in stealing, they come up with a next-to-impossible plan where they have to get underneath the house and use possible technology to lift it one inch high so that they can shoot an arrow through. Other than this plan, the gang also planned on how they could steal jeweled eggs but all their plans were interrupted by the law enforcement officers. The story ends with Clooney and his gang members repaying Benedict after managing to steal the precious Faberge eggs. This brings in the sense of action and fun to the film.
Besides being longer than the expected normal runtime of a comedy, Ocean’s Twelve is thrilling and anyone who watched their previous release will surely enjoy watching. The screenplay starts on a low note but picks the momentum after showing for one hour. It amazing to see how Clooney coordinates the meeting of all gang members and taking them to Rome to plan on their next heist that will sedate Benedict’s efforts of bringing them down. Nevertheless, Clooney and his team have challenges they must over such as Vincent Cassel, Europe’s renown thief who organized for a stealing competition and Catherine, a reputable Interpol agent.
The biggest challenge in this movie is coordinating the traffic of all the eleven main characters (thieves), with the exclusion of Benedict, Catherine, and Cassel. By now, you have realized that two characters, Bernie Mac and Carl Reiner, featured the least compared to other members.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Release Date: December 2004
Run time: 2hrs 10 minutes
Rated PG: 13
Genre: Action, Comedy
Author: George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russel and George Nolfi
• George Clooney as Danny Ocean
• Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
• Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
• Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell
• Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff
• Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy
• Scott Caan as Turk Malloy
• Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell
• Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr
• Shaobo Qin as “The Amazing” Yen
• Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom
• Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean
• Catherine Zeta-Jones as Isabel Lahiri
• Vincent Cassel as Baron François Toulour/The Night Fox
• Andy García as Terry Benedict
• Eddie Izzard as Roman Nagel
• Jeroen Krabbé as Van der Woude
• Cherry Jones as Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
• Robbie Coltrane as Matsui
Ocean’s Twelve is an action-packed and exciting remake directed by Steven Soderbergh. He has done an applaudable work compared to the film’s first sequence. The director has relocated to some of Europe’s attractive places to bring in a fresh feeling and beauty of the story. The movie gets its PG-13 rating from the words “fuck” repeated by Don as he records a high album in the studio. It is a nice movie to watch while enjoying big times with friends.