Stylized Caper Movie
Release Date: December 10, 2004
Starring: Brad Pitt, George Clooney,
Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and
Genre: Suspense Thriller/Comical
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: PG-13 for language
Runtime: 120 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Jerry Weintraub
PRODUCERS: Bruce Berman,
George Clooney, Susan Ekins,
John Hardy, and Steven
Writer: George Nolfi
CHARACTERS BY: George Clayton
Johnson and Jack Golden
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
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Burbank, CA 91522-0001
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GENRE: Suspense Thriller/Comical Caper Movie
The casino owner who got ripped off, played by Andy Garcia, wants his money back. He tracks down each member of the crew and tells them they have two weeks to repay. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and the gang figure they have to make another heist to pay off the first one. Their profile is too high in the United States, so they fly to Amsterdam.
In Europe, the gang meets with problems in quick secession: Catherine Zeta-Jones is a detective hot on their trail, one of their cohorts winds up in jail, and another thief keeps beating them to the punch. The odds seem insurmountable. Don’t worry – they have a plan.
Of course, the acting is relaxed and fun to watch, facilitated by quick dialogue. The cast has a natural chemistry that illuminates even some of the clumsier plot twists. There is less focus on a heist in this movie as character interactions move to the fore. The heist becomes almost an afterthought, and the pieces slide together too effortlessly for it to be very exciting.
Predictably, Steven Soderbergh’s direction is captivating, especially his camera movement and use of color. The movie is also paced very effectively so that it never gets bogged down or too slow.
In OCEAN’S TWELVE, the heroes steal and lie, and the ‘bad guy’ is the owner who wants back his stolen money. It’s a topsy-turvy worldview, but it is not presented as realistic; even young, unsophisticated viewers must be warned that crime is not a desirable way of living. The thieving lifestyle is still glorified somewhat, however.
Not as good as the first one, the good news is that OCEAN’S TWELVE is not as debauched as most movies in its genre (see the Content section for details).
OCEAN’S TWELVE retains the stylized gleam of the first movie, but sacrifices the suspense. There is less focus on the heist as character interactions move to the fore. Heroes steal and lie, and the ‘bad guy’ is the one who wants back his stolen money. Even though this is a topsy-turvy, immoral worldview, it is not presented as realistic, but younger viewers must be told that stealing is not a desirable lifestyle, and really young viewers will be confused by the message of this movie. Not as good as the first film, OCEAN’S TWELVE has about 20 instances of foul language, but no sex or nudity.