Revenge Can Be Fun, but It's Still Wrong
Starring: Brad Pitt, George Clooney,
Matt Damon, Elliot Gould, Al
Pacino, Eddie Jemison, Don
Cheadle, Carl Reiner, Ellen
Barkin, and Andy Garcia
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 122 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Frederic W.
Brost, George Collney, Susan
Kkins, Gregory Jacobs, Robin
Le Chanu, and Steven
Producer: Jerry Weintraub
Writer: Brian Koppelman and David
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Company
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
The plan to avenge Ruben is classic MISSION IMPOSSIBLE style fun with each member of the team given a bag of tricks to pull off the caper. Several are called to impersonate everyone from Mexican factory workers and janitors to police and high rollers. It's entertaining to see what they will come up with next.
All production values are excellent, and the pacing is perfect. Regrettably, the movie's whole premise is revenge. The poster even touts, “Revenge can be fun.” Furthermore, the target is a casino where gambling, drinking and other undesirable behavior are the whole name of the game. Add to this some foul language (though modest for the stars in this movie). Throw in lots of bribery, dishonesty, theft, and a sex-related distraction technique, and the movie earns an extreme caution. To the movie’s credit, violence is kept to a minimum, and no one is killed.
It is tempting to root for the thieves as they seek a sort of vigilante justice against someone who clearly deserves to be put in his place, but the movie encourages belief in the concept that the ends justify the means. Such an attitude is dangerous. We must not take justice into our own hands and certainly not by using bribery, dishonesty and theft. The humor is fun, but the message is not.
Regrettably, the movie's whole premise is revenge, there is some bad language and the movie is loaded with bribery, dishonesty, theft, and one sex-related distraction technique. To the movie’s credit, violence is kept to a minimum, and no one is killed. It is tempting to root for the thieves as they seek a sort of vigilante justice against someone who clearly deserves to be put in his place, but the movie encourages a belief that the ends justify the means. Such an attitude is dangerous.