Do yourself a favour – if someone says to you, “hey, you wanna come and see Oceans 12 with me?”, respond with, “no thanks, I need to go to the supermarket and buy some dental floss.”.
In case you don’t know, you can probably guess by the title that this film is the sequal to Oceans 11 – the remake, which stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, et al – not the original. The sequal has the same impressive cast, and even adds Catherine Zeta-Jones into the mix. With that many huge names and such an enjoyable first film, one would assume that the sequal is bound for glory…
But sadly, not. I have no doubt that Oceans 12 will still make a pat-load of cash at the box office, but I reckon that most people will walk out as disappointed as I was. The plot is as solid as a puddle, and lacks all the tounge-in-cheek cleverness from the first movie. I also thought that Zeta-Jones was not a good addition, and came across very bland – especially evident in an early scene when she’s making a speech to Europol. The film does have a few saving moments, thanks to the chemistry of Clooney and Pitt and the more developed role played by Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell. But overall, it failed to hold my attention, and I couldn’t help but feeling that my time could have been better spent.
The original gerrod.com rating was 5/10, but I have to -1 since getting to the cinemas meant leaving our toasty warm appartment and braving the coldest night so far in NY. Also, I have to subtract another 2 because Craig convinced me put down my shiny new laptop and go see the film instead. So, Oceans 12 scores a new record gerrod.com low of 2/10.