The Ocean’s Trilogy, a brand new four-disc set, brings together Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen in one box, delivering some of the finest old-style caper entertainment seen on the big screen in years.
Ocean’s Eleven is the best of the trilogy, and also superior to the original Rat Pack film that it’s a remake of. Here, we’re introduced for the first time to Daniel Ocean (George Clooney, who effortlessly charms his way through all three films with real style) and his group of fellow cons (including Brad Pitt and Matt Damon) as they try and pull off a daring casino heist. It’s a thrilling, immaculately packaged slice of Hollywood entertainment, and easily stands up to repeated viewings.
The first sequel, Ocean’s Twelve, is a mess though. The first half sets things up nicely, introducing further themes of competition and revenge, but it then pulls a blistering stupid plot device around half way through and never recovers. There’s still plenty to enjoy, but it’s a real missed opportunity.
Ocean’s Thirteen finds the gang in much finer form though, and the addition of Al Pacino to the roster as the new villain of the piece does it no harm whatsoever. The focus is back onto a single job, and while it’s light on twists, it’s still a breezy caper that’s hard not to warm to.
Packed with big name stars, and directed on the whole with real skill by Steven Soderbergh, the Ocean’s Trilogy is--the middle film excepted--testament to just how much fun watching movie stars doing their thing can be. A boxset well worth investing in. --Simon Brew
Loosely based on the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name, OCEAN'S ELEVEN is a hi-tech crime comedy that features a top-notch cast. Conman Danny Ocean plans to rob three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas that just so happen to be owned by his ex-wife's lover, the nefarious Terry Benedict... In the sequel OCEAN'S TWELVE, Danny and his cohorts set their sights on Europe, as they pull off their most ambitious and daring heist yet. But trouble has a way of finding them, and now Benedict is hot on their trail, threatening all sorts of unpleasantness if they don't return the millions they stole from him. Rounding off the trilogy is OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, an equally glossy romp through the high-stakes world of organised crime. The thirteen return to the Vegas Strip to exact revenge on Willie Bank, the dastardly casino owner who ripped off one of the group's original members.