Move over, Spidey, Shrek and Sparrow Danny Oceans back in Vegas!
When trusting Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) has a coronary seizure after hes been swindled out of half-ownership in a new hotel/casino by ruthless, egomaniacal Willy Bank (Al Pacino), Danny (George Clooney) summons the gang to avenge their old pal by breaking The Bank: rigging the gambling games so Willy loses millions, stealing his precious collection of diamond necklaces, and dashing his dreams of winning the coveted Five Diamond Award. The crime capers scheduled on The Banks Opening Night, July 3rd and, being analog players in a digital world, the gangs got a lot to learn in a short time in order to outmaneuver the impregnable Greco, The Banks artificial intelligence security system that not only thinks but also reasons.
Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders) and sophisticated director/cinematographer Steven Soderbergh explain the absence of Tess and Isobel (Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones) – Its not their fight so its Linus (Matt Damon) who romances Abigail Sponder (Ellen Barkin), Willys top exec. Otherwise, its about loyalty, professionalism and male camaraderie among Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin and Carl Reiner.
Frank Sinatra starred in the original Oceans Eleven and its three sequels, so it resonates when Reuben recoils at Banks duplicity, saying, You and I both shook Sinatras hand, and theres a code among the guys who shook Sinatras hand. Crassly, Bank snorts, Screw Sinatras hand!
Omnipresent Oprah makes an appearance and at the conclusion theres in-joke bantering about Clooneys Syriana poundage and Pitts well-publicized parenthood. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, Oceans 13 is a cool, playful 9. Its a winner as one of this summers guiltiest pleasures.