Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

Rated R. Our ratings: V- ; L- ; S/N . Running time: 2 hour 2 min.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4

Ocean’s Thirteen

This Steven Soderbergh film will probably entertain action/caper film fans, but those looking for more substance than popcorn will wind up disappointed at spending a little over two hours of time on it. The film is filled with stars for star gazers—George Clooney as Danny Ocean, Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan, Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict, Bernice Mack as Frank Catton, Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff, and as the two enjoyable villains, Al Pacino as Willy Bank, and Ellen Barkin as Abigail Sponder, but this bauble of a film falls far short of the director’s The Good German and Erin Brocovich.

The plot is driven by Danny Ocean’s desire to avenge his mentor/friend Reubin, who went into cardiac arrest when Willy Bank swindled him out of his share in the partnership of a new Las Vegas hotel/casino they were constructing. Danny’s plan of vengeance is two fold: the gang of friends he assembles because of their technical skills will break Bank’s casino on opening night, and also hit Willy where it will hurt him the most—they will destroy Willy’s reputation as the only hotel owner who has won the Royal Review Board’s Five Diamond Award on all of his hotels.

I found much of the dialogue hard to hear or follow, and the technical feats, such as obtaining a giant drilling machine to cause an earthquake beneath the hotel, very far fetched. If you are really bored, I suppose this overstuffed revenge caper beats cutting out paper dolls, but I suggest that this is one that’s best to wait until it comes to a cheap seat theater!