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Total Crap: 9.85%

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Ocean's Twelve
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by Lybarger

"All of the Personnel: A Fraction of the Fun"
3 stars

Yes, it was a rehash of the cheesy Rat Pack vehicle, but Oceanís Eleven was a clever heist film that deftly balanced an all-star cast and low key humor. Because it made money, the inevitable sequel is now rearing up its well-coifed head.

Itís almost as if director Steven Soderbergh and company lucked out with the first film but have forgotten part of what made the first one work. All of the principals are back, but the new script by George Nolfi doesnít distribute the workload that well. This time around, Bernie Mac and Don Cheadle have almost nothing to do, and Scott Caan and Casey Affleck take up more screen time, but arenít that interesting.

In this installment, the crew have to reluctantly return to their thieving ways because casino proprietor Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has found all 11 of them and has demanded they return every penny of the loot they sole from him, with interest. They only have two weeks, or theyíll be dead.

Because the notoriety from their last heist, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the crew canít launch another big robbery in the States. Instead they fly to Amsterdam but run into trouble because another master thief known as the Night Fox (Vincent Cassel, Irreversible) also covets the objects theyíre trying to steal.

If that werenít challenging enough, Rusty (Brad Pitt) has an ex-girlfriend (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who just happens to be a cop determined to bring both the Eleven and the Night Fox to justice.

The new setup allows for some great locales and introduces some intriguing characters (Robbie Coltraine and Eddie Izzard are a lot of fun), but the storyline is problematic. The surprise ending doesnít conform to any of the facts established earlier in the movie, so it strains credibility to the breaking point. We donít exactly need realism, but it would be nice if the filmís internal logic worked.

Oceanís Twelve is hardly a complete washout. The dialogue is still lively (check out the bizarre exchanges between Coltraine, Clooney, Pitt and Matt Damon). Damon seems to be having fun playing a thief whoís trying a little too hard to demonstrate his leadership skills to the rest of the gang. David Holmesí jazz-tinged score is catchy and gives the rest of the film a vitality the narrative lacks.

Speaking of the material, Oceanís Eleven managed to keep the inside jokes to a minimum so they didnít become distracting. When Topher Grace showed up in a cameo as himself, it was rather funny because Soderbergh didnít belabor the point.

When the actor reappears in Oceanís Twelve sporting his own moniker, itís more forced than amusing. There are a lot more of these moments throughout the film, and your affection for the stars involved will determine how much youíll be willing to tolerate their winking asides.

Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack knew better than to repeat the success of their tacky showcase. Soderbergh and his cohorts might have been wise to follow their example

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User Comments

6/09/10 Serge I think it was just a filler between 11 and 13 3 stars
3/28/08 Renzo Sucks! 1 stars
6/06/07 gr117 Great soundtrack & location shots- too bad the "plot" sucked 2 stars
3/16/07 Donny M Julia Roberts Scene Stupid 3 stars
1/23/07 Matt Thirteen Oceans of unadulterated crap. Gave up after 30 mins. 1 stars
12/01/06 Candice I love this movie. 5 stars
9/13/06 Agent Sands You have to be a hardcore fan of heist movies to really enjoy it the way I do! What a ride! 5 stars
7/25/06 Sully tripe. Damon was great, everyone else was boring. ending was ridiculous! 1 stars
7/08/06 CTT The cast definitely has a better time than the audience 3 stars
5/07/06 Charlene Javier Not as bad as everyone says it is... 3 stars
2/16/06 Indrid Cold Much of the chemistry and laughs of the first one, plot somewhat weaker though. 4 stars
11/25/05 Jacques the Man Actually, this is the most entertaining film I've seen all year. 5 stars
8/28/05 Lisa Brady terribly unbelievable 2 stars
8/01/05 Beth Kerrick Was disappointed it wasn't as good as the original. Not bad, but not great. 3 stars
7/14/05 Matthew Rudawsky Julia Roberts as herself was clever, but I wouldn't bother seeing the rest a 2nd time 3 stars
6/29/05 chimera Uninspired disaster 1 stars
6/25/05 Mr Fluffy Script not as tight as Eleven but directorially it's still up there with it. 4 stars
6/23/05 Adonis Fuentes Dumb dance sequence through the lasers 3 stars
6/08/05 Agent Sands You have to be a devout fan of heist & con flicks to really enjoy it. What a ride! 5 stars
5/25/05 Casey Becher A typical, disappointing sequel 2 stars
5/22/05 Charlene Javier Great inside jokes! 3 stars
5/18/05 mysterio Very boring movie. 2 stars
5/13/05 edsandiego2 I find it very entertaining. 4 stars
5/12/05 Beardog8 Love Soderbergh, but this was a let down from all involved. 2 stars
4/29/05 Phil M. Aficionado 40 minutes in, I decided this was not worth watching. What exactly was the point? 2 stars
4/28/05 Uncle Salty Worthless, %90 soundtrack, %10 movie 1 stars
4/24/05 Dan Ok movie, original one was better and always will be. 3 stars
4/23/05 Quigley we would need shovels - no, tractors! - to heap the bullcrap higher. Brad, we've had enough 1 stars
4/23/05 Monster W. Kung Crappy and uninteresting, and the twist sucks like a hoover. 2 stars
4/14/05 Scott Lamont Very anoying and hard to follow, even harder to swallow. 3 stars
4/07/05 brody what a bootleg film 1 stars
3/26/05 Denise good 4 stars
2/12/05 Sylvia Belle I enjoyted this one very much 5 stars
2/12/05 Kelly Self-indulgent, Ego-driven BORE of a Movie. The "aren't we awesome" posturing fell flat. 2 stars
2/12/05 John Jankowski very very average.. 3 stars
2/02/05 Casey Becher A pathetic attempt at a sequel. Sometimes it's better to stop while you're ahead. 3 stars
1/16/05 Feliciano this is what a real boring movie is, a movie with actually nothing interesting. 1 stars
1/09/05 Agent Sands FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE HEIST MOVIES!!!!!!! SURPRISINGLY EQUIVALENT TO "ELEVEN"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/08/05 Elizabeth S Star cameo provides the movie's best moments; pretty charmless. 2 stars
1/05/05 redhand a terrable movie, pointless 1 stars
1/05/05 malcolm excellent, witty dialogue; but ending was a cheat 3 stars
1/03/05 Danno the Movie Manno Should have given Bruce Willis a bigger role 1 stars
12/28/04 efrain as one magazine put it: PEOPLE MAGAZINE COMES TO LIFE. 4 stars
12/28/04 Mike V What a boring, glitzy, empty, mess of a movie. 2 stars
12/20/04 Koitus Ugh! Cheesy details on "how the 12 did it." Identified criminals identities "too" easily. 2 stars
12/18/04 Lisa totally crappy 1 stars
12/17/04 Jack Ocean's 12 is a piece of crap. Soderbergh apparently wants to sully his reputation. 1 stars
12/17/04 Carl Utterback Amusing diversion if you liked the characters (and actors) from Ocean's 11. 4 stars
12/15/04 Elizabeth Bates Great Film!!!! 5 stars
12/15/04 Elizabeth Boring and uninspired, save for a few humorous bits. 2 stars
12/15/04 Mikester Vincent Cassel rocks ! 4 stars
12/13/04 KingNeutron I enjoyed it, espec. the "JR lookalike" subplot. ;-) 4 stars
12/12/04 rich a little too cute on itself and not enough PLOT 2 stars
12/12/04 Scott like The Village--you find out the "secret", but wish you hadn't 3 stars
12/12/04 ajay some funny moments, but overall... boring. 2 stars
12/12/04 Andrew If you don't like Ocean's 12 your too self conscience 5 stars
12/12/04 Kristina Williams celebrity whorefest 2 stars
12/11/04 Bob Kolk Not since Lost in Translation have I had a stronger urge to get up and leave a theater. 1 stars
12/11/04 John Very good movie 5 stars
12/08/04 Ray Big deal 3 stars
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