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Movie Review: Ocean's Thirteen

July 22, 2007
Aditi Nadkarni

I guess I like being in touch with my masculine side. Not only do I hate the mushy chick-flicks but j'adore the other four: drama, thrillers, comedy and even action. If there ever was a movie that could have encompassed all four in its theme, it was the Ocean's series.

Danny Ocean and his gang are back, reportedly for the last time in Ocean's Thirteen.

The impressive ensemble star cast, I will not list and if I reveal the plot, I will be doing you movie buffs, a great disservice. So this should be a pretty short review, right? Wrong!

Deceived by his associate Willy Bank, Reuben, of the Ocean's crew suffers a heart attack. Being swindled out of the partnership for a new Las Vegas Hotel & Casino renders him mum and bedridden. The Ocean's team gathers around like true friends do, to survey the losses ready as ever to get even. And they do it in such style.

As each member is assigned a casino game to rig or ruin, the plot gets busier. The many facets of the strategy only add to the electric drama and surprisingly, do not interfere with the pace of the film. While the first half of the movie builds the momentum, the latter half unleashes the plot bit by delicious bit.

The Clooney-Pitt rapport, blithe as always, adds to the humor and so does Matt Damon playing the eager thug-in-training. Andy Garcia with his smoking Cuban and an equally smoking smile, add the right touch of pazzaz to this film.

The cinematography is rich and fulgent like the Las Vegas casino where most of the film has been shot. The sets are beautiful, the men are gorgeous and there is no greater high than the one of sweet revenge as Willy Banker's dream casino is played ruthlessly to the ground by the Ocean's trifling thirteen.

Whoever said 13 was an unlucky number?

Aditi Nadkarni is a cancer researcher, a film reviewer and a poet; her many occupations are an odd yet fun miscellany of creative pursuits. Visit her blog for more of her articles and artistic as well as photographic exploits.
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#1
Amrita
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July 22, 2007
02:20 PM

Can I just say I'm so impressed by Matt Damon... he's not the best actor or the best looking guy but he's the one that I think has made great strides in the years since Ocean's Eleven as an actor and as a character in the movie - and I loved the fact that Thirteen ended the way it did for him. Aw!

Of course, it didn't hurt that his name in the movies was Linus.

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Deepti Lamba
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July 22, 2007
09:59 PM

Amrita! I am offended that you refuse to recognize George Clooney's good looks. He is the most handsome charismatic man in Hollywood. As your punishment you have to sit through Georgie boy's ER 24/7.

Aditi, it was a fast paced movie but I'm glad the won't be making Ocean 14 to 20

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Aditi Nadkarni
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July 22, 2007
10:17 PM

Hey Girls!

Amrita: I thought Damon's whole "clueless, budding conman" persona was quite funny and suited him well. I kinda like that the film is all boys.

FYI, if you wanna see a sampling of the Damon boy's acting, watch The Good Shepherd (Warning: not fast paced but quite compelling, besides A.Jolie looks like a hag in it and I get some kick in watchin such a gorgeous woman look so drab on occasion. Upholds my belief in cosmetics :))

Deepti: You know, everytime I watch an Oceans' film I walk away with the feeling that a group of boys had a nice plan of conning someone and they just happened to have a camera footage of all the ensuing drama :D I kinda like that set-up for a film.

BTW ykw, in college I was always one of those girls who like to pretend that they don't like the hunks who other girls find hot. But after years of putting up a brave front I finally caved: I'm looney about Clooney too!!, much as I hate to admit. (weak in the knees, long, dramatic sigh). Heehee.

#4
Sandeep
July 22, 2007
11:13 PM

How dare u say something like that abt Angie [ u FEMINAZIST !!!!!]

I am just waiting for people to come rattling down here and try finding (anti)feminism in this posting.

funny!!!!

Keep writing.

#5
Amrita
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July 23, 2007
12:14 AM

Dee - no no no!! No offense meant to the Cloonster! He rocks! Just that Damon is such a sweet baby :D

Aditi - I saw The Good Shepard and yeah, it wasn't her finest hour was it? Actually, I prefer Damon in movies like these and the Bourne ones. Although I'm with Dee that I hope I don't have to watch Oceans the Retirement Home scam and maybe Bourne deserves a break too.

Sandeep - how's above for a two-for-one deal? :D

#6
Aaman
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July 23, 2007
12:17 AM

Angelina J is perfection and no negativity shall be allowed against her - new article and comment policy:)

#7
Deepti Lamba
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July 23, 2007
01:11 AM

Why! that marriage wrecker, baby collecting lippy breastless wonder!! What do you men see in that She-wolf?

When she stopped collecting men she turned to children. I veto your article and comment policy;) Gimme Jennifer Aniston any day.

#8
Ashish
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July 23, 2007
02:26 AM

If Aaman is looking for people to second and third in support of his policy, you can find a supporter in me.
No comparisons between Angelina and Jennifer. Jennifer is cute, while Angelina is (can't find words to describe perfection) :-)

#9
Sandeep
July 23, 2007
01:31 PM

@ Aman

I second your suggestion.

#10
Deepti Lamba
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July 23, 2007
01:47 PM

Like I said before- MEN!!!;)

#11
Aditi Nadkarni
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July 23, 2007
02:37 PM

People are gonna think Oceans 13 has Angie in it you guys!!

Deepti, not to let the girls down or anything, but frankly A.J is pretty damn hot, can't deny that. I just cannot take Jenny the blonde over AJ the brunette :D Homewrecker, yeah but breastless?! Nah!! :) Don't hate me!! I still love Clooney!

Guys: Check out The Good Shepherd, Angie doesn't look so great in it...not ugly or nothin just cosmetically challenged, is all :D

#12
Amrita
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July 23, 2007
02:43 PM

It's the blonde hair i think. She looks kinda washed out with it. Has she gone blonde before, oh Angie lovers? I can't remember.

And the way brangelina took over the red carpet at the premiere, she might as well have been in it. :)

#13
Sandeep
July 23, 2007
11:20 PM

Aditi,

U calling Angie cosmetically challenged for her role in Good shepard, waiting for your response when u see her as Mariane Pearl in Mighty Heart.

Take a note, this film u surely dont wanna miss.

BTW - Angie with or without make up will still ROCK.

#14
Sandeep
July 23, 2007
11:25 PM

Somehow the thread has gone from Ocean's thirteen to ANGELINA .... girlpower!!!!

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