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.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
That is great to hear! I disliked 12 after really liking 11. I didn't think 13 would be much better but this is encouraging to hear and I may end up seeing it in the theatre.
Jim daddy on Jun 6, 2007
Carl Reiner says it perfectly: "The first one was rather good. The second one... didn't work, didn't work! This one is by far the best of the bunch... a movie is as good as the villain, and we have the best villain." AP video (can be embedded on any site, free of charge: http://thenewsroom.com/details/376699/Entertainment?c_id=20191
Daniel on Jun 6, 2007
I just saw it and I didn't think it was that great a movie. Better than O12 maybe, but I saw a lot of the "twists" coming. The main thing I liked about O11 was the reveal at the end. This one was so linear, it wasn't hard to figure out the scams and what was going to come next. It was a decent movie, but not a great movie.
Michelle on Jun 9, 2007
Thirteen's GOOD, Twelve was BAD but Eleven is still the best!!! My review: http://andydreamseeker.blogspot.com/2007/06/movie-review-oceans-thirteen.html
andydreamseeker on Jul 2, 2007
This movie was awful. So much worse than 12 which was so much worse than 11. Just a mess of a movie with phoned-in performances. I realize that Clooney is simply making these films to fund his other projects, but Oceans 13 is an embarrassment.
James Fletcher on Dec 27, 2007
A disappointing movie from start, to finish. The entire cast was just going through the motions. The visuals were not appealing, Pacino was over-acting and the plot was duller than Gigli. Lets hope they are done with this franchise, this was one of the worst films of the year.
John on Jan 11, 2008
Meh, I thought it was OK. Much better than 12, but no different than 11. It was a retread almost. http://www.dvd-dweeb.com/reviews/oceans-13
dweeb on Jan 25, 2008
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