Where has this movie been all my life?? That was my first thought when I finished watching Ocean’s Eleven (2001), a heist film starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, amongst many others (I can’t believe this movie is fifteen years old already!)
Clooney stars as Danny Ocean, a thief and con-artist just released from jail with a plan already in mind: rob three Las Vegas casinos in one night. It just so happens that all three casinos are owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), who just happens to be dating Ocean’s ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts). To pull this heist off, Ocean has to assemble a crew of the best in the business, eleven in total. At stake: $160,000,000 (divided 11 ways).
The crew consists of:
- Danny Ocean (George Clooney)
- Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt)
- Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon)
- Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle)
- Frank Catton (Bernie Mac)
- Turk Malloy (Scott Caan)
- Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck)
- Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner)
- Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould)
- Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison)
- “The Amazing” Yen (Shaobo Qin)
From the very beginning, you can tell that this story is going to be an insane ride. Clooney, as the suave Danny Ocean, and Brad Pitt, as the eternally-eating Rusty Ryan, are the perfect onscreen bromance and henceforth I will watch any movie if I know those two actors are in it. I especially love how these two are always completing each other’s sentences, it’s like they share a brain.
The plot is, admittedly, a little convoluted in some points, but the humor is undeniable. The smug/overconfident Terry Benedict doesn’t stand a chance against Ocean and his crew.
I highly recommend the entire trilogy of Ocean’s films, they’re all extremely funny and well worth viewing more than once or twice.
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