"Revenge Can Be Fun, but It's Still Wrong"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(Ro, PaPa, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, MM) Light Romantic worldview with strong pagan focus on getting revenge for an injustice; about 17 obscenities, three strong profanities and 12 light profanities; little actual violence; one gag where a woman is seduced and access gained to a off-limits area through the use of some seductive scent, but no actual sex act occurs; partial rear male nudity with Sumo wrestlers; some drinking; smoking; and, rampant dishonesty, bribery, gambling, theft, behavior intended to mislead, one character is infected by bugs and gassed with offensive smells and otherwise mistreated, and hotel is shaken to a dangerous state though no indication of human injuries is portrayed.
OCEAN’S THIRTEEN is a star-studded revenge mission loaded with action and humor. Willie Bank (played by Al Pacino) is a ruthless casino owner who double-crosses Ruben Tishoff (played by Elliot Gould) on a new casino partnership. Ruben suffers a heart attack and nearly dies. His friends Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), and others from the OCEAN’S ELEVEN and OCEAN’S TWELVE gang gather and plot revenge on Willie.
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.