Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia, Al Pacino
Unlike ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, my expectations for this third offering were much lower. Although, seeing that Al Pacino was added to this already star-studded cast, I was hopeful that this final instalment in the franchise would prove a return to form. Sure enough, the film exceeded my hopes, as Al Pacino and Danny Ocean’s gang brought their A-game for one more movie. It was clever, funny, and enjoyable from start to finish.
After two major operations with his crew, life had settled down for Danny Ocean and his crew of elite criminal minds. However, their longtime friend Reuben is swindled out of a new hotel he was building with his partner Willy Banks (Pacino). Shortly afterwards Reuben suffers a heart attack and is bedridden. This double-crossing prompts Ocean and his crew to reunite and take down Willy Banks. Not only to ruin his future at his new casino, but also to steal what he values most in the world, his five diamond award.
There was very little to hate about this movie. It is a heist film in the end, so you know the basic point of the film is to pull off a grand heist. The most important thing was to add interesting characters to work with. The film for the most part followed what made the franchise successful all along. It was a vast improvement over ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ as it was more concise, had a better comedic element, and a better antagonist. Perhaps my biggest issue was the lack of Julia Roberts in the film. I understand that she was never the most vital character, but it would have been nice to see her finish off the trilogy with the rest of cast. I think the movie is well crafted, in some ways it has come full circle with this film, in a manner which I won’t explain because I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone.
The film has everything I liked from the last two movies. The great cast, good dialogue between characters, and first-class wit make this movie among the most entertaining in the series. Al Pacino was a great addition to the cast and it effectively cleans up the mistakes of the past movie.
This third film sends off the franchise in the right way. It uses the past two movies to its advantage and brings back as many characters from the films as possible. Al Pacino may have been the best villain of all the films, playing a cutthroat, big-time businessman with very clear motives – money and success. In the end, we get a film that may fall a touch short of the original remake of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ back in 2001, but a great send off nonetheless.