Didn't Like Ocean's 12? Then Go See Ocean's 13 - It's WAY Better!
by Alex Billington
June 6, 2007
This isn't my full review of Ocean's 13, this is just some early emphasis towards a great film that's opening this weekend. By now most of you should know that Ocean's 13 hits theaters this Friday, June 8th. I was worried that it would be a little too similar to the second one, Ocean's 12 from 2004, which was a terrible film that went much too far in all aspects and was a disastrous sequel to one of my own personal favorite films of all time, Steven Soderbergh's 2001 Ocean's 11. Everyone loves heist movies, as long as they're done well, and this time around Ocean's 13 hit the jackpot!
It's as distant from the second film as it can possibly be (minus a small cameo) and steps back into the realm of Ocean's 11 and returns to that film's form. It's entertaining, it's humorous, and it follows the same gimmicks and style as the first one, all of which make this stand out far above Ocean's 12.
If you didn't like Ocean's 12, then this is even more encouragement to see Ocean's 13. After screening Ocean's 13 last night, I realized that the films almost have no connection to each other and the more you disliked 12, the more you'll like 13. None of what made that second film bad, including all of the campiness (the laser scene), the idea of it extending into our world with a bad gimmick (the Julia Roberts scene), or the feeling that the audience was cheated at the end, is even slightly hinted at in this third film. They even stripped out the love story and let the heist itself be the only focus.
I was so excited and pleased that Ocean's 13 had finally touched back upon what made Ocean's 11 so amazing. It's the real sequel to Ocean's 11, knocking Ocean's 12 off into the oblivion. It makes it look as if Ocean's 12 didn't even exist and as if director Steven Soderbergh had cleaned up well after that mess.
With that, I strongly urge both haters of Ocean's 12 and those who loved Ocean's 11 to see Ocean's 13, as both groups and everyone else will be delighted at how great of a film Ocean's 13 is.