Ocean's Twelve Movie Review
Picking up three years after where Oceanís Eleven left off, we find Danny Ocean(George Clooney) and his previously-estranged wife Tess (Julia Roberts), settling into their new life together as Mr & Mrs Diaz. The gang have all gone their separate ways and are busy spending their Ďhard earnedí cash- some more successfully than others!
Unfortunately, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) is a man not in a hurry to forgive and forget and he tracks down every member of Oceanís crew, informing them that he wants his money back, with interest, and they have two weeks to get it! ĎIt canít be doneí I hear you cry! Well fear not, because Oceanís Twelve are the best thieves in the world!
Though apparently, theyíre not. Some guy called ĎMidnight Foxí is and heís out to prove he is better than them by scuppering their every attempt to steal priceless artefacts in order to pay back Benedict.
Meanwhile, Rusty Ryanís (Brad Pitt) ex-girlfriend Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is back on the scene; the crime scene at least. She is a detective working for Europol and is determined to bring Oceanís boys down.
To say any more about the plot would not only give the game away, and it would probably give me a headache as it is so all over the place! And thatís the problem with this film. Director Stephen Soderbergh has abandoned the tight plotline and slick camerawork of his first outing with Ocean in favour of something far less satisfying.
At one point, I thought my contact lens had fallen out as I couldnít focus properly, but then I realised this was actually the desired effect. Soderbergh may well have been trying to communicate Rustyís sense of disorientation, being in a foreign city with his detective ex-girlfriend hot on his heels, but if this is the case it has been executed very clumsily.
The chemistry between the high-caliber cast is just as reactive as in Oceanís Eleven and there are some great moments of banter, but the characters arenít really given the opportunity to shine as they did first time around. The exception to the rule is Julia Roberts who gets a much meatier role and a very funny scene with Bruce Willis in cameo!
Despite some great set pieces (and Eliot Gouldís great costumes) there is just too much happening, as if Soderbergh didnít know what to focus on and threw it all in! The obligatory twist in the tale ties everything up a little too neatly and the film meanders towards its conclusion with no real sense of urgency or danger.
Ultimately I think the film is trying to be too clever and loses sight of its primary function; itís a heist movie and there is no big heist!
Oceanís Twelve is well made and fun to watch, just donít expect it to put you on the edge of your seat.
This article has been provided by Laura Douglas (external source), published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005