Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

A convict, a plan, a crew, a heist, $160 million. Put very basic, that is the plot of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’.

Recently released out of prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), decides to pull a few people together to earn some money; and not in a simple, get a job and earn money in a respectable way, but deciding to rob, not one, nor two, but three, Las Vegas Casinos. ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ is a great movie based upon this heist. Will it be successful or will it fail epically?

If you are looking for a heist based film, one that is truly great, with great actors and a great plot; then ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ is a good film to choose. It begins with an elaborate dangerous plan against Terry Benedict’s (Andy Garcia) casinos, then the proceedings of this plan. You discover in the film that Danny Ocean has hidden agendas and whether the plan will take part without him. There are times in the film where things become very close and you get tenser. Without knowing it you find yourself wanting the thieves to succeed; it’s a clever film where the protagonists are not heroes, but I wouldn’t class them as anti-heroes either. This is done through the narrative as everything is from their prospective and Andy Garcia plays the villain of the film when in reality there is a plan of him being robbed of $160 million.

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The film might be considered a bit slow, as there is a lot of wandering and talking, eating and discussing; but I think this adds to the involvement and understanding of the heist to take place and the dedication it needs, making the film more reliable. Do not think this film is action-based and something is happening all the time, because there is a lot of talking and small occurrences taking place. Although, they are all significant for them to work in the plan altogether, even if the audience doesn’t fully understand why.

The first half hour is significant but fast pace, this is clever in how the film has been produced and directed as it could be considered a boring part of introducing the new characters, but as it is many characters all at once you don’t find it boring at any time. However, I would say that this film is more based upon the plot than on character’s insights and personalities, so the fast pace works better. The beginning is based on Danny Ocean collecting his crew for his new heist; the introduction of the main protagonists in short clips, before they join and find out the full plan. Introducing the second hand man, Rusty (Brad Pitt), nervous Livingston (Eddie Jemison), the twins Virgil (Casey Affleck) and Turk (Scott Caan), the elder Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), new in the job Linus (Matt Damon), explosive Basher (Don Cheadle), athletic Yen (Shaobo Qin), card dealer Frank (Bernie Mac), and finally the rich Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). There are a variety of characters that are needed for this heist to take place and you’re not quite sure their place until it is finally over. I find that all the characters are brilliant in their own way even if you don’t know much about them. The actors are all quite famous and recognisable, which is good for the film as well, so I’m sure you will recognise at least one of the actors. I don’t know about you, but I like to recognise actors in films, I’m one of those people that has to know where I’ve seen them before, so if you’re like me, you would like this film, I recognised many. I think this makes the film more enjoyable and they’re all professional and brilliantly acted. However, the one thing I have to say is that Don Cheadle, who is American, doesn’t do a very satisfying English accent, actually it is quite bad and slightly disappointing.

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The significant part that makes ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ great, is towards the end, when the heist challenge starts to be taken place. I wouldn’t consider the film to be a mystery as you are told the plan right at the beginning but you are hooked into how it is going to take place and if they will succeed. Watching the heist take place, you will be confused in how things will uncover.

The film isn’t very inappropriate in many ways, it is only a 12. There is light violence, the one scene of punching, and the use of explosives, and I think one swear word in the whole film. Even though the film is a crime film, I wouldn’t say it is scary at all nor that there are any threatening scenes which are inappropriate for younger ages.

‘Ocean’s Eleven’ is a film I would recommend and if you think this would be a film that you would enjoy, then after watching the first ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, I would recommend to watch the second and third one also, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’; because I believe these two to be better than the first.


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