The Oceanand rsquo;s Trilogy, a brand new four-disc set, brings together Oceanand rsquo;s Eleven, Oceanand rsquo;s Twelve and Oceanand rsquo;s Thirteen in one box, delivering some of the finest old-style caper entertainment seen on the big screen in years.
Oceanand rsquo;s Eleven is the best of the trilogy, and also superior to the original Rat Pack film that itand rsquo;s a remake of. Here, weand rsquo;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. Itand rsquo;s a thrilling, immaculately packaged slice of Hollywood entertainment, and easily stands up to repeated viewings.
The first sequel, Oceanand rsquo;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. Thereand rsquo;s still plenty to enjoy, but itand rsquo;s a real missed opportunity.
Oceanand rsquo;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 itand rsquo;s light on twists, itand rsquo;s still a breezy caper thatand rsquo;s hard not to warm to.
Packed with big name stars, and directed on the whole with real skill by Steven Soderbergh, the Oceanand rsquo;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.