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"If you have problems trying to decide what kind of movie you want to see on a Saturday night, then Ocean's Twelve has it all!  If only they'd had a chainsaw wielding murderer who liked to sing musical numbers, this movie could have been in every genre that exists! ."










Ocean's Twelve
The Masked Reviewer

What's got George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Matt Damon? 

a) Arnold Schwarzenegger's rolodex.

b) The Main Hall at the "I'm Related to Someone Famous But Not Quite as Famous as Myself Club" (Rosemary Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Roberts, Michael Douglas, and Ben Affleck).

c) The new movie by Stephen Soderbergh.

Scroll down to the bottom of the review to see the correct answer!

Until you get to the bottom of the screen, here's some information about the film.  In case you hadn't guessed, this is a sequel to the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, which is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name.  If you are easily confused, no, there haven't been ten other "Ocean" movies.  It's just a clever naming convention, like the sequel to The Whole Nine Yards being called The Whole Ten Yards.  See the first couple of paragraphs of this review for a deeper appreciation for clever numbering in movie titles.

The film is classified as an action/adventure romantic thriller crime/heist comedy.  If you have problems trying to decide what kind of movie you want to see on a Saturday night, then Ocean's Twelve has it all!  If only they'd had a chainsaw wielding murderer who liked to sing musical numbers, this movie could have been in every genre that exists!  Clearly, the Twelve refers to how many sections in the video store the film will appear in.

So, who are the twelve?  For those of you who like lists, here is one:

1. George Clooney

2. Brad Pitt

3. Matt Damon

4. Bernie Mac

5. Don Cheadle

6. Carl Reiner

7. Elliot Gould

8. Shaobo Qin

9. Casey Affleck

10. Scott Caan

11. Eddie Jemison

Added to the list are Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, some French guy who's married to Monica Belucci, and a few special surprises.

What are the special surprises?  If the Masked Reviewer told you, they wouldn't be surprises, and the Masked Reviewer isn't one for spoilers.

Here's what you need to know.  The full cast is back, and they seem to be enjoying themselves even more this time around.  Ever wonder if a film can be built on great chemistry alone?  The answer is yes, and this is it.  It's fun to watch.  It's much funnier than the first, and the charms of all the cast members shine through. 

The story isn't as good as the first (eleventh?) movie; the heist isn't as clear, and you might go in expecting a clever twist that fools the audience.  It's less about that, though there are a few curves in the plot.  Ocean's Twelve is all about fun, and it succeeds.  The highlights are the moments of witty banter, with George Clooney and Brad Pitt providing the biggest laughs.  Matt Damon has his moments too.  It's a movie that makes you want to hang out with these people.  And not just because they're rich, attractive, and famous.

Julia Roberts doesn't look her best in the movie.  She's part of a "clever twist" that you'll either think is quite funny or you'll see it coming from a mile away and think they over played it a bit, but either way, she looks kind of worn out.  You don't want to judge a book by its cover, but this is Julia Roberts; she's built her career on her cover.  No one wants to thumb through her at Barnes & Noble. 

There's a strange shot of an airplane passing over head that was shot with the camera tilted 90 degrees.  It's kind of a long shot, for what it is.  Soderbergh must have been flexing his directorial muscle.  He was probably trying to get everyone in the theater to tilt their heads, or something.  Who knows?  Despite this strange shot, the cinematography is nice, and they have a number of great settings for the film.

It's more of a comedy than a thriller, but it's fun -- and that's all it's supposed to be.  It's two hours of pleasant enjoyability.  If you liked the first film, you'll like this one.  It's more of the same, with a little bit more thrown in for good measure.

By the way, the correct answer to the quiz at the beginning of this review is d) all of the above.  So there.


Expectation from the Title: "Get out of my dreams and into my car,"  the young future crooner shouted to his first crush on his last birthday before becoming a teenager.  This was the event that would change his life...forever.

Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):  Everyone gets along so well, they seem like a fine group of people to invite over for tea and bridge.

The Pros: Excellent chemistry, good laughs, beautiful settings.

The Cons: The heist elements aren't as good as the last movie; the story isn't as strong as it could have been.

If you're looking for information on George Cloony, Mat Damon, Oceans Eleven, Oceans 12, or you want to find out who the French guy is, read above!

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