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Ocean's 12: Sequeling a Remake: A Clever Idea or An Entertainment Faux-Pas
By Lea Spencer
Dec 20, 2004 - 3:10:00 PM

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Ocean's 12 begins, very briefly, right after Ocean's 11 left off. This opener is used to introduce the new character into the film: Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones). She is a detective dating Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt). A detective dating a thief may seem like a match in heaven, but I'm just not sure if these crazy kids are going to be able to make it work. Then the movie really gets going. Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) shows up into everyone's respective lives, and tells them they've got two weeks to get him all of his money back with interest. Then Ocean's 11 meet again to discuss their plan of action. They first calculate that they owe just under two hundred million dollars. Then they come to the conclusion that they're "too hot to work anywhere in this country", and they decide to go to Amsterdam to pull off one more job together to get Benedict back his money.

The idea at first, sequeling a remake, seemed a little odd, but the original Ocean's 11 was good and the remake was fantastic. So, I thought, maybe Soderbergh make this work; and he did. It was a great movie. It was clever, there was good action, the constant attraction between Zeta-Jones and Pitt added a lot of extra tension to the plot. When they go to Amsterdam, they run into competition with a self-important, yet seemingly insecure, thief that wants to prove he's the "best." There's also Zeta-Jones' character's life-long search for "La Marque", the best thief of all time. This was a multi-faceted picture with a lot to pay attention to and watch out for.  It's fairly self-contained for those of you who want to go see it without seeing "Ocean's 11." It will make sense, and probably be fun, but I would definitely recommend seeing the first one, just to give you that extra background into it (plus the first one is even better than this one).

It was, however, much more about Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which I'm not sure I like. The great thing about Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11" were the smaller roles. Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, and Casey Affleck didn't get nearly enough screen time to make the movie as good as it could have been. This picture is much more about the side stories than actually pulling off the job.  But it has something for everyone: Romance, Action, Comedy, you can't be disappointed. So while it wasn't as good as "Ocean's 11," it's still enjoyable, and I would recommend it as one to go see.


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