REVIEW: OCEAN’S TWELVE

 

CAST

George Clooney (The Ides of march)
Brad Pitt (Troy)
Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror)
Catherine Zeta Jones (Red 2)
Andy Garcia (The Unsaid)
Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone)
Scott Caan (Gone In 60 Seconds)
Bernie Mac (Mr. 3000)
Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes 2)
Matt Damon (Green Zone)
Don Cheadle (Iron Man 3)
Carl Reiner (Two and a Half Men)
Elliott Gould (American History X)
Robbie Coltrane (From Hell)
Vincent Cassel (Black Swan)
Eddie Izzard (Hannibal)
Albert Finney (Bif Fish)
Topher Grace (Traffic)
Bruce Willis (Cop Out)
Eddie Jemison (IZombie)

Terry Benedict (Andy García) locates all eleven members of Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) gang, demanding they return the $160 million they stole from his casinos plus $38 million interest. Short by half, the group schemes to stage another heist in Europe to avoid problems with United States authorities. They are tipped off by an informant named Matsui (Robbie Coltrane) about the location of the first stock certificate ever. After a complex series of schemes they find the document has already been stolen by “The Night Fox”, another master thief. Europol Detective Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is called in to investigate the theft and realizes that her talking earlier about a particular burglary with Rusty (Brad Pitt) during their relationship, would have given Rusty the idea of how to solve the complication the gang would have come up against. Surprising the group at their accommodation, she warns them they cannot beat the Night Fox or his mentor, the mysterious master-thief “LeMarc”, both of whom excel in practicing the “long-con”. She has been hunting both for years.
Danny and his gang discover the Night Fox is Baron François Toulour (Vincent Cassel), a wealthy businessman who has a mansion on Lake Como. Toulour invites Danny to his mansion and reveals that he had hired Matsui to inform the gang about the certificate in order to arrange the meeting with Danny. Toulour is upset that LeMarc did not describe him as the best thief in the world, and challenges Danny to steal the Fabergé Imperial Coronation Egg. If Danny and his gang win, Toulour will pay off the debt to Benedict.oceans-twelve-02052013Danny and his gang begin to plan an elaborate heist to swap the egg for a holographic recreation, but the engineer hired by the group accidentally tips off Lahiri to their presence, and she captures most of the gang on their first attempt. Linus (Matt Damon) comes up with a second plan involving Danny’s wife Tess (Julia Roberts) posing as a pregnant Julia Roberts in order to get close to the Egg and swap it. They are foiled by Lahiri, and the rest of the group are captured. Lahiri is told that they are to be extradited to the United States. Linus is chosen first to be interrogated by the FBI agent (Cherry Jones) assigned to collect them. It turns out that she is his mother, who organises the release of the whole gang. She points out to Lahiri that she will face only retribution for her forging a signature on a Europol form. Some time later, Danny and Tess return to Toulour’s estate where he reveals his glee at their failure. Toulour claims to have stolen the egg at night using his agility and Capoeira skills to evade the heavy security. Toulour’s celebration is short-lived when Danny reveals that his group stole the egg while it was in transit to the museum and Toulour realises they were tipped off by LeMarc. A flashback reveals that Danny and Rusty had met LeMarc earlier when he revealed his confidence trick intended to humiliate Toulour, and at the same time, to restore to himself the Fabergé egg that he had stolen years ago and had returned following his wife’s wishes. Toulour is forced to admit Danny won the bet and gives him the money for the debt. They pay back Benedict and promise not to perform any more heists in his casinos—even as Toulour himself is in the background spying on Benedict. Rusty takes Lahiri to a safe house that he claims has been lent to him by LeMarc. She is reunited with her father, who is revealed to be the man she has been pursuing for years: LeMarc (Albert Finney). The final scenes of the film, in which the primary characters enjoy a private poker session, imply that she and Rusty have re-kindled their relationship.fun, breezey follow-up to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ If you watch this film not expecting it to blow you away you will not be disappointed. Those people who dont like it probably don’t take it at face value.
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REVIEW: OCEAN’S ELEVEN

 

CAST

George Clooney (The Ides of march)
Brad Pitt (Troy)
Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror)
Bernie Mac (Mr. 3000)
Elliott Gould (American History X)
Casey affleck (Gone Baby Gone)
Scott Caan (Gone In 60 Seconds)
Carl Reiner (Two and a Half men)
Matt Damon (Green Zone)
Andy Garcia (The Unsaid)
Robin Sachs (Galaxy Quest)
Henry Silva (Ocean’s 11)
Angie Dickinson (Ocean’s 11)
Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2)
Holly Marie Combs (Charmed)
Topher Grace (Traffic)
Charles Helford (Constantine)
Barry Watson (Boogeyman)
Shane West (A Walk To Remember)
Eddie Jemison (IZombie)

Following release from prison, Daniel “Danny” Ocean (George Clooney) violates his parole by traveling to California to meet his partner-in-crime and friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a caper. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). The plan consists of simultaneously robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos. Reuben’s familiarity with casino security makes him very reluctant to get involved, but when he starts to think of it as a good way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy García), who owns all three casinos, Reuben agrees to finance the operation. Because the casinos are required by the Nevada Gaming Commission to have enough cash on hand to cover all their patrons’ bets, the three predict that, on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more than $150,000,000.
Danny and Rusty recruit eight former colleagues and criminal specialists: Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), a young and talented pickpocket; Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), a casino worker and con man; Virgil (Casey Affleck) and Turk Malloy (Scott Caan), a pair of gifted mechanics; Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), an electronics and surveillance expert; Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), an explosives expert; Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), an elderly con man; and “The Amazing” Yen (Shaobo Qin), an accomplished acrobat. Several of the team members carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the routines and behaviors of the casino staff, and the building itself. Others create a precise replica of the vault with which to practice maneuvering through its formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Danny’s ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), is Benedict’s girlfriend. Rusty urges Danny to give up on the plan, believing Danny incapable of sound judgment while Tess is involved, but Danny refuses. When the plan is put in motion, Danny goes to the Bellagio in order to be seen by Benedict, who, as expected, has him locked in a storeroom to be beaten by a bouncer called Bruiser. Bruiser, however, is a friend of Danny’s, and he allows him to leave through a ventilation shaft, to meet with his team in the vault. Linus poses as a gaming commission agent and reveals to Benedict that one of his employees, Ramon Escalante, is actually Frank Catton, an ex-con.
Linus and Frank stage a faux confrontation in Benedict’s presence so that Linus can steal the vault access codes written on a piece of paper in Benedict’s jacket. Yen is smuggled into the vault by the Malloy brothers to assist in triggering the explosive from the inside. Saul sneaks explosives into the casino vault by posing as a wealthy international arms dealer who needs especially secure safekeeping for his valuables and then pretends to have a heart attack that draws the security men’s attention away from the vault monitors, and is subsequently treated by Rusty posing as a doctor. The team activates a stolen EMP device to temporarily disrupt the casino’s electrical power, allowing them to breach the vault undetected. As Benedict attempts to restore order following the power outage, Rusty anonymously calls him on a cell phone that Danny had earlier planted in Tess’s coat. Rusty tells him that the vaults are being raided and that all the money will be destroyed if Benedict does not cooperate in loading half the money into a van waiting outside. Benedict observes video footage of the vault that confirms Rusty’s claims and complies in moving the money but orders his men to follow the van after it departs and calls a SWAT team to secure the vault and the other half of the money. The SWAT team’s arrival results in a shootout which causes the incineration of the half of the money left in the vault. After assuring Benedict that the casino is secure, the officers depart at Benedict’s insistence.
Benedict’s men following the van discover it is being driven by remote control, and that, instead of money, it contains duffel bags full of flyers advertising prostitutes. Benedict realizes that the vault video feed he had been watching was pre-recorded, as the vault floor in the footage lacked the Bellagio logo, which had only recently been installed. A flashback reveals that Danny had used the vault replica to create the fake video Benedict had seen. The rest of the team posed as S.W.A.T. officers and took all of the money in the vault when responding to Benedict’s call for police assistance. Benedict then returns to the room where he left Danny and finds him still there, apparently still being worked over by Bruiser, leaving him with no way to connect Danny to the theft. As Tess watches via security surveillance, Danny tricks Benedict into saying he would give up Tess in exchange for the money. Danny then says, “All right. I know a guy. We were in the joint together. Anybody pulls a job in the western US, he knows about it. Give me 72 hours. I’ll find out who took your money”. Benedict, humiliated, orders his men to escort Ocean off the premises and inform the police that Ocean is violating his parole by being in Las Vegas. Tess leaves Benedict and exits the hotel just in time to see Danny arrested. When he is released after serving “three to six months” for his parole violation, he is met by Rusty and Tess, and the three drive off, closely followed by Benedict’s bodyguards.
‘Ocean’s Eleven’ is a film well worth viewing more than once, if only to pick up on small, yet often vital, details missed the first time around.

REVIEW: OCEAN’S 11 (1960)

CAST
Frank Sinatra (The Manchurian Candidate)
Dean Martin (The Cannonball Run)
Sammy Davis Jr. (Tap)
Peter Lawford (Wedding Bells)
Angie Dickinson (Police Woman)
Cesar Romero (Batman 60s)
Henry Silva (Batman: The Animated Series)
Norman Fell (Bullitt)
A gang of World War II 82nd Airborne veterans is recruited by Danny Ocean (Sinatra) and Jimmy Foster (Lawford) to rob five different Las Vegas casinos (Sahara, Riviera, Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, Sands and the Flamingo) on a single night. The gang plans the elaborate New Year’s Eve heist with the precision of a military operation. Josh Howard (Davis) takes a job as a sanitation worker driving a garbage truck while others work to scope out the various casinos. Sam Harmon (Martin) entertains in one of the hotel’s lounges. Demolition charges are planted on an electrical transmission tower and the backup electrical systems are covertly rewired in each casino. At exactly midnight, while everyone in every Vegas casino is singing “Auld Lang Syne” the tower is blown up and Vegas goes dark. The backup electrical systems open the cashier cages instead of powering the emergency lights. The inside men sneak into the cashier cages and collect the money. They dump the bags of loot into the hotels’ garbage bins, go back inside, and mingle with the crowds. As soon as the lights come back on, the thieves stroll out of the casinos. A garbage truck driven by Josh picks up the bags and passes through the police blockade. It appears to have gone off without a hitch. Their ace electrician, Tony Bergdorf (Conte), has a heart attack in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and drops dead. This raises the suspicions of police, who wonder if there is any connection.
Reformed mobster Duke Santos (Romero) offers to recover the casino bosses’ money for a price. He learns of Ocean being in town and his connection to Foster, who is the son of Duke’s fiancee (Chase). Santos pieces together the puzzle by the time Bergdorf’s body arrives at the mortuary. Santos confronts the thieves, demanding half of their take. In desperation, the money is hidden in Bergdorf’s coffin, with $10,000 set aside for the widow (Jean Willes). The group plans to take back the rest of the money, making no payoff to Santos, after the coffin is shipped to San Francisco. This plan backfires when the funeral director talks Bergdorf’s widow into having the funeral in Las Vegas, where the body is cremated – along with all of the money.
A vehicle for the Rat Pack, It was a great film – with a nifty twist right at the end. Far superior to the George Clooney remake which was just too smart for its own good.