Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven is a clever film about a casino heist where everything turns out the way the audience wants it to, with enough suspense to keep us from getting bored.

The heist is led by Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who has assembled an assortment of charismatic crooks (played by charismatic actors such as Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, and Matt Damon). They need a highly sophisticated plan to go up elevator shafts monitored with laser beams, find out large numbers of key codes that change every 12 hours, break open one of the most secure vaults ever, and walk out with the money. All this has to be done under the nose of Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), who is (portrayed as) a ruthless machine-like boss of three casinos in Las Vegas.

The plan goes off with such perfection that it's hard to believe there can be any suspense at all. Director Steven Soderbergh makes it interesting by revealing some parts of the plan during the preparation stage, and other parts aren't revealed to us until after the execution of the heist. The movie has us rooting for the good (bad) guys since the bad (good?) guy is the epitome of most things you could dislike in a rich ruthless person.

The story vaguely resembles the first version of this film released in 1960. The excellent acting by the several leads, together with a sharp script, is what makes the film work. Ocean's Eleven is a fun movie to watch, and I highly recommend checking it out on the big screen or on video.

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