Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vincent Cassell, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Elliout Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia
Splashy. Lavish. Overcooked.
The setup is solid. Terry Benedict (Garcia) tracks down all of the Ocean’s 11, and demands his money back, with interest, or else. They’re forced into another grand heist. I can see how easy it would have been for the writers, stars, and filmmakers behind Ocean’s 12 to be lazy; to drift through the production and let the immense star power, beautiful locations, and hip soundtrack do all the work. Some critics feel that that’s what they did. I don’t. Ocean’s 12 is not as good as the first one. It’s not as cool, not as clever. It’s also lacking some of the antagonism Garcia provided that amplified the suspense- though he is in this film as well, and Cassell makes for a credible foe- but Ocean’s 12 still bears a lot of style, and it’s still a lot of fun. Zeta-Jones as an Interpol agent and Rusty’s (Pitt) former girlfriend is an entertaining wrinkle. The meta-humor of “Tess” (Roberts) pretending to be Julia Roberts provides some laughs, but it’s too ludicrous to be exciting.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-