The original gang is back for a third installment. The team is brought together when one of their own, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), is forced out of a joint venture between him and Willie Bank (Al Pacino) on a new casino. Struck with a heart attack and bedridden, he is revenged by Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and associates against Banks.
What I Thought
Watching 13, I couldn't help but compare it to 12 and 11. I enjoyed the previous movies very much and for different reasons, and I enjoyed this one as well.
11 was great because the cast was vibrant, the storyline was fun, and had just enough surprises from you to have a great little twist at the end.
12 was fun because you had the very glamorous cast back together along with the FANTASTIC Catherine Zeta Jones and a really fun and intricate plot. The only downsides: The whole "she looks like Julia Roberts" thing was awful. Some would also say that it was a little TOO convoluted but I actually liked that about it!
13 is fun because again it's the cast's interaction that makes it fun. Of course, there are downsides too. With such a large cast, it's hard to give each character the time they deserve, especially Bernie Mac who got ignored for most of 12 too.
I also think this movie overcorrected for the perceived complaints from 12. It went from a very convoluted storyline in 12 to a very simple and no-surprises storyline in 13. I kept expecting twists and surprises and didn't really get any, so that was a little disappointing. And after the first two movies (where 11 was really all about Danny winning over Tess and 12 was really all about Rusty winning over Isabel) I half expected this third one to be about finding Linus a girlfriend. At least that's how I would have written it.
So no big fireworks in this movie, no really big payoff, no Zeta-Jones, but the cast is stellar and just watching them all talk and bounce zingers off each other is enough for me to like it.
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