Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Ocean's Thirteen (DVD)













When hearing the name "Pacino", what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably the words Mafia, Scarface, and crime to name a few. Well you had to assume it was only a matter of time before Al Pacino was recruited to star in a movie about a Vegas hotel heist. It's practically mandated in Hollywood that either Pacino or DeNiro star in films like these. (Could we possibly see Bobby DeNiro in Oceans Fourteen?) This time around, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and their gang are back in Ocean's Thirteen, the third film in the Ocean's series. The motivation for the heist this time is to hurt the pride of a shady hotel owner named Willy Bank (Al Pacino). It seems that Willy is quite the perfectionist in running his hotels, and with his new hotel called The Bank opening up, he is intent on winning a Five Diamond Award. That's where Danny Ocean (Clooney) and crew try and sabotage the hotel's grand opening, denying Bank the pleasure of getting another award. Why would Ocean's gang go to such trouble doing all this? Because in the beginning of the film, Bank cheated Ocean's friend Reuben Tishkoff out of a deal and also threatened to have him thrown off a rooftop. All of this drama wound up giving Reuben a heart attack. That would be all the fuel that Ocean needed to get revenge on Bank. The fun in watching this film is the tactics they used in sabotaging The Bank's grand opening. For example, I can't recall ever seeing a group of people actually pull off a mock earthquake to shake up a hotel. That is just one of the many clever, yet funny scenarios throughout Ocean's Thirteen. Overall, a great film where the "bad guys" are the heroes at the end of it all.

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