Oceans Twelve on DVD
In the tradition of countless other sequels that nobody asked for,
the latest offering is a sequel to one of the most stylish and fun caper flicks
in recent years, Oceans Eleven.
While the possibilities for more adventures with Danny Ocean and
Co. are essentially endless, the first film wrapped things up rather nicely and
left us feeling satisfied. But considering the film made more coin domestically
than the characters in it, and the fact that the cast and crew members
regularly talked about how much fun they had filming it, a sequel was pretty
much a no-brainer.
Ocean and his eleven have all made their cool millions and gotten
away with them, so are now living the high life. Danny (George Clooney) is
living happily with Tess (Julia Roberts); Rusty (Brad Pitt) is having trouble
keeping his new hotel in business; the Mormon Twins (Scott Caan and Casey
Affleck) are getting married (maybe or maybe not to each other)
seems pretty happy.
Until, that is, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) shows up at each of
their respective locations and informs them that he knows they stole his money.
And he wants it back. With interest. So, naturally, the crew is assembled again
and must come up with a way to pay back the $97 million theyve spent so
far. They start with a small job, planning on working their way up to some big
paydays in the near future.
But someone is out to get them. Somebody leaked the info to
Benedict, and somebody keeps getting one up on them during their
jobs. It could be a fellow thief called Nightfox, who claims
hes the best at what he does. Or it could be the humorless Europol agent,
Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Either way, Ocean and his team are going to have
to give everything theyve got and outsmart some pretty smart people to
come out on top of this one.
Oceans Twelve reunites all the major cast members from
Oceans Eleven and adds a few more, including Zeta-Jones and Vincent
Cassel. The style and wit remain intact, and all of the cast members are
appropriately charming. For some reason, though, it doesnt quite
Perhaps its that theres too much going on this time
around; perhaps its that there are too many characters to keep track of;
or perhaps its because Ted Griffin, who wrote the script for Oceans
Eleven, didnt return this time, and was instead replaced by George Nolfi,
one of the guys who wrote Timeline. Sure, Nolfi does his darndest to be true to
Eleven, but the script is missing something this time around.
The worst part of the movie is a lengthy, unfunny sequence at the
beginning in which we get to watch Terry Benedict approach each of Oceans
Eleven and inform them that he knows they took his money. It would have been
sufficient for him to merely approach Danny and have Danny tell everybody else.
There would have then been more time to dedicate to the actual plot.
Perhaps the real problem, though, is the one that nobody could do
anything about. After having seen the first film, we cant help but feel
that everything happening here is all a part of the plan, so were never
really too concerned that the protagonists wont triumph. Our only
question is how it all fits into the plan, and unfortunately, the end result is
even less plausible than that of its predecessor.
On the other hand, Oceans Twelve is a pretty fun little romp
that, from a certain perspective, is the perfect sequel. Try not to think too
much about it and just have a good time. But give it a rental first and see how
it suits you.
Warning! Warning! Oceans Twelve will almost surely receive a
special edition version sometime in the future. The version available now
features extremely average audio and video transfers and nothing more than a
Video is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, and despite it
displaying excellent color and detail for the most part, certain scenes just
look bad. Some of the darker sequences show off large patches of dust and
grain, and some of the earlier sequences look very soft. However, there are
some very well done bits of color, and detail is always done well with the
exception of the aforementioned scenes.
Audio comes in 5.1 Dolby Digital, and primarily uses the front
channels. Its a dialogue-heavy film, so naturally the center speaker is
going to get a good workout, but there are plenty of opportunities for using
separation, as there are often numerous characters spread throughout a room.
The surround speakers are rarely used, save for such instances as cars
exploding. But the quality of the transfer itself is very good: dialogue is
always audible and nothing interferes with anything else.
As mentioned before, extras include a theatrical trailer and
Oceans Twelve, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy
Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts
Produced by Jerry
Written by George Nolfi, directed by Stephen Soderbergh
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