OCEAN RAVE; bacon on films OCEAN'S THIRTEEN ACTION Cert: PG **** Clooney romp a winner.
IF you've been interested in films for the past few years, dear readers, you'll know what to expect here.
Style, panache, flair, snappy lines, good looks and 100 per cent all-round drop-dead coolness.
But for those of you who don't know who I am, my name's Richard Bacon. Hello. And today I'm reviewing Ocean's Thirteen.
It seems like this has been the summer of the three-quel - so far we've have Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and 300 (that isn't a threequel, but my point looks stronger if there's loads of examples.)
And so far none of them have been as good as the films that came before them in the franchise.
Well, Ocean's Thirteen has managed to buck that third-the-worst trend - which was never going to be too hard, considering Ocean's Twelve was truly awful.
That said, the first is a modern classic - the 11-strong gang have to steal EUR160million from a supposedly impenetrable Las Vegas casino.
In this latest instalment, the gang are out for revenge against lizard faced Las Vegas kingpin Willy Bank (Al Pacino) who has swindled gang member Reuben (Elliott Gould) out of part-ownership in his new super-casino The Bank.
That means nabbing his money, ruining the casino opening, and destroying Bank's reputation - in a fantastically complex, stylish and action-packed way.
George Clooney is at his best as leader Danny Ocean - all white teeth, immaculate suits and crisp dialogue.
And he's joined (again) by a collection of A-listers, including Brad Pitt as right-hand man Rusty and the much under-appreciated Matt Damon (who dons a false nose that makes him look like a puppet of Holby City's Jeremy Edwards).
There's also Don Cheadle (who had an appalling Cockney accent in the first film, which has now disappeared, thank God), and the bizarrely-voiced but hugely entertaining Bernie Mac.
The movie is packed with smart one-liners, subtle in jokes, beautifully filmed set pieces (the opening scenes of Vegas are a masterclass), and a taut plot that rattles along at a constant pace.
I enjoyed this lightweight romp as much as anything I've seen in the last couple of months. And bear in mind I've got a Keeley calendar on my wall.
I'm now looking forward to Ocean's Fourteen, where they'll have to add another handsome, dashing star to the gang's ranks.
So let me just say this: George, I can be contacted here at The People.
TARGET: Pacino; GOGGLE-EYED: Pitt, Clooney and Damon
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 3, 2007|
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