Ocean's Thirteen

June 8th, 2007

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Ocean's Thirteen

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Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.9/10 (113,174 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon

The last time we saw Danny Ocean's crew, they were paying back ruthless casino mogul Terry Benedict after stealing millions from him. However, it's been a while since they've come back together, which is all about to change. When one of their own, Reuben Tishkoff, builds a hotel with another casino owner, Willy Bank, the last thing he ever wanted was to get cut out of the deal personally by the loathsome Bank. Bank's attitude even goes so far as to finding the amusement in Tishkoff's misfortune when the double crossing lands Reuben in the hospital because of a heart attack. However, Danny and his crew won't stand for Bank and what he's done to a friend. Uniting with their old enemy Benedict, who himself has a vendetta against Bank, the crew is out to pull off a major plan; one that will unfold on the night Bank's newest hot spot opens up. They're not in this for the money, but for the revenge.

Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

George Clooney - Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt - Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon - Linus Caldwell / Lenny Pepperidge
Michael Mantell - Dr. Stan
Elliott Gould - Reuben Tishkoff
Ray Xifo - Reuben's Butler
Al Pacino - Willy Bank
Adam Lazarre-White - Bank's Junior Executive
Eddie Jemison - Livingston Dell
Don Cheadle - Basher Tarr
Shaobo Qin - Yen
Casey Affleck - Virgil Malloy
Scott Caan - Turk Malloy
Bernie Mac - Frank Catton
Carl Reiner - Saul Bloom

Taglines: What are the odds of getting even? 13 to one.


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros [Russia] |

Release Date: 8 June 2007

Filming Locations: Bellagio Casino & Hotel - 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $36,133,403 (USA) (10 June 2007) (3565 Screens)

Gross: $311,312,624 (Worldwide) (2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Croatia:

Did You Know?

The fake nose Matt Damon wears is an in-joke reference to The Brothers Grimm, in which director Terry Gilliam wanted the actor to wear a fake nose but the studio vetoed it.

Continuity: Whenever the principals are at the airport, Gulfstream-class private jets await them. Gulfstream passenger cabins have distinctive oversize rounded "porthole" windows. Only such planes appear on the tarmac; however when there is a momentary in-flight clip showing the passenger's aerial view of the passing landscape below, the window is a small "sardine can" window of a typical commercial airliner. Clearly this was generic stock footage of "anyplane" flying over "anycity". When the highrollers are later disembarking, the windows become classic Gulfstream portholes again.

[first lines]
Rusty Ryan: [answering phone] Yeah. Shit. Where is he? Gotta go.

User Review

A lot going on, but nothing much happening....

Rating: 4/10

Ocean Thirteen's slick credit sequence, highlighting Brad Pitt in all his movie star glory and letting us all know that Soderbergh and his camera are up for some glossy fun, gets the heart racing in anticipation of a slick, sly heist caper on par with #1 and superior to #2.

But then, as detail upon detail is heaped upon the audience and increasingly silly machinations are put in place to ensure the casino-robbery plan works, it all starts to unravel until, burdened by its own only-in-the-movies logic, the film grinds to a halt just when it should be at its most exciting.

At the 80 minute mark, the film, in desperate need of a compelling story to kick-in, is still setting up the details of the heist. No tension has been created, no forward momentum is in place, no characters are established sufficiently to root for. Soderbergh is no doubt hoping the good will audiences have for his characters from the first film is still in place here (sorely tested in Oceans Twelve). And despite taking all this time to create a detailed if rather ludicrous heist plan, it then boils down to relying on coincidence rather than cunning for it all to work.

Clooney and Pitt still have the charisma and chemistry to make some moments enjoyable, but there isn't the zing in their banter that was a highlight of the first film. Other returning cast members - Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Andy Garcia - are all reduced to plot devices rather than given any substance (I know this isn't meant to be a in-depth character piece, but gimme somebody to care about and not just ogle!). Best moments come from Scott Cann and Casey Affleck; most embarrassing from Don Cheadle. And though Al Pacino is suitably villainous as the bad guy, he's also the most interesting and compelling character in the film, making his ultimate downfall (which, lets face it, is no spoiler) a little bittersweet (I would've liked to have seen him slap Danny Ocean up the side of the head, if only to create a little spark in the film).

What is sorely missing is a strong female character. Julia Roberts provided it in #1; Julia and Catherine Zeta-Jones were the best things about #2. In O13, Ellen Barkin is reduced to playing Pacino's 2IC as a blindly-ambitious slut, and its awful. Other female characters are either casino-pit screechers or hookers, underlying the boys-own macho-ness of these films.

It does look great in parts - the set design and CGI work is impeccable - and Soderbergh, holding his own camera under the name 'Peter Andrews', shoots his cast and the locales sumptuously in deep, rich reds and golden tones. But at 122 minutes its a long slog.

With a triumvirate of blah threequels this American summer already clogging multiplexes, Ocean Thirteens only adds weight to the argument that if anything interesting or inspired is going to be done with the characters or plot in a franchise film, its already been done by the time a #3 is churned out.

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