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Ocean's Twelve

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by
: STEVEN SODERBERGH
Produced by: JERRY WEINTRAUB
Starring: GEORGE CLOONEY, BRAD PITT, MATT DAMON, DON CHEADLE, BERNIE MAC, ANDY GARCIA, JULIA ROBERTS, CATHERINE ZETA JONES, ELLIOT GOULD, CARL REINER
Released by: Warner Bros

In Short: With exotic locations and elaborate heists, “Ocean’s Twelve” may be bigger, but not necessarily better.

Dirty Dozen
Star-filled Cast Crosses Oceans
By Cherie Saunders

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his band of thieves regroup for a series of international heists to repay the $160 million they stole from the Las Vegas vault of merciless entrepreneur Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Clooney and Garcia join fellow returning “Ocean’s Eleven” cast members Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Elliot Gould, Carl Reiner and Julia Roberts. Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast as Isabel Lahiri, the love interest of Pitt’s character Rusty — and also the Europol agent trying to take down his whole crew.

While director Steven Soderbergh keeps the attitude of the thieves as easy-going and light-hearted as their manner in “Eleven,” their coolness and sense of humor in “Twelve” seems a bit too forced and manipulative this time around to be truly convincing. Visually and thematically, “Twelve” is far superior, with Danny and his crew attempting heists in Rome, Paris, Lake Como, Monte Carlo, Amsterdam and Castellamare del Golfo in Sicily.

Although the exotic locations add great dimension and the heists are more elaborate, the natural lack of pretentiousness in “Eleven” is lost here with too many exaggerated jokes. The gang’s big score, however, is plagued by repeated roadblocks that at least keep things interesting – the biggest being Danny’s pregnant wife, Tess (Julia Roberts). This telegraphed storyline that incorporated the actress’ real-life pregnancy during filming ends up giving “Ocean’s Twelve” its biggest laughs.

Also starring Elliot Gould, Carl Reiner and Vincent Cassel as the gang’s chief European rival, “Ocean’s Twelve” may be bigger, but not necessarily better.


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