Tuesday 18th January 2022

Ocean's Thirteen (PG)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

I liked Ocean's Eleven. It was funny, it had a great cast, it had a very satisfying twist at the end and it reeked of effortless cool. It was only slightly marred by the winsome Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle's questionable cockney accent, which, I think even he would agree, he "naused up".

Don't tell anyone, but the guy on the far right is facing the wrong way
Don't tell anyone, but the guy on the far right is facing the wrong way

Then came the bitter disappointment of Ocean's Twelve, which the winsome one managed to properly ruin, and I think it's fair to say that everyone involved dropped the ball on that one. The only good thing about it is that I really got the impression that Soderbergh and the crew were so annoyed with themselves for making a duff film, that they'd go out of their way to make amends with Ocean's Thirteen. And that's exactly what they've done.

This time, Reuben, one of the original crew, has been ripped off by his business partner, Willy Banks (Al Pacino), and so Danny Ocean and the rest of his gang decide to get some revenge. The story is as simple as that, but even so this provides plenty of scope for director Steven Soderbergh to juggle a lot of plot threads.

The cool is back, and there is more focus than ever on the comedy aspect of these films. The gags are well-placed throughout and they are very funny too, which always helps. So overall, this film succeeds at being extremely entertaining and it is great family-friendly fun. The only downside for me is that, unlike Ocean's Eleven, it lacks the grand unveiling at the end.

Danny's plan is made clear to the audience throughout and they basically execute their heist without any trouble. So there is no sweeping "this is how we did it" or "this is what was really going on" at the end, which is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, the pay-off at the end is quite unsatisfying, and secondly a grand pay-off is the only thing that would have made this film less forgettable. It might be highly amusing and enjoyable stuff, but unfortunately that doesn't stop this one from being quite unmemorable.

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Length: 122 minutes
Certificate: PG
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Release Date: 8th June 2007

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