Oceans Twelve

Ocean’s Twelve is a popular movie that was released in 2004. An earlier version of the movie was made in 1960. There were many famous stars in the film, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts, and other big names. The crime comedy was a big hit at the box office, earning over $360 million dollars. It was followed by a sequel in 2007 entitled, Ocean’s Thirteen.

Ocean’s Twelve begins when Terry Benedict gathers the eleven members of Danny Ocean’s gang. He gets them together to demand the $160 million that they took from his casinos. In addition, he wants them to pay interest on this amount, which is an additional $38 million. The group does not have the money to repay, so they plan another scheme in Europe. Their plan is to get the first stock certificate in history, which would pay some of their debt to Benedict.  Unfortunately, the group finds that the stock certificate has already been stolen, which is a big disappointment because they go through a lot of trouble trying to get it. It has been stolen by the Night Fox who is another talented thief.

Oceans TwelveIn the meantime, Catherine Zeta-Jones enters as Europol Detective Isabel Lahiri enters to investigate the crime. She has been training Night Fox and LeMarc for some time, and she warns Danny’s gang that they do not stand a chance against Night Fox. The plot thickens and the comedy continues as the gang finds out that Night Fox is really a wealthy businessman who happens to have a mansion on Lake Como. The action continues as Toulour feels insulted at not being described as the best thief in the world, and he challenges Danny to take the Coronation Egg. The deal is that if Danny wins, Toulour will pay off his gang’s debt to Benedict.

A series of hilarious scenes result in an effort to find the Egg. After some of the plans fail, Linus decides that Danny’s wife Tess should play a pregnant Julia Roberts. Tess happens to be played by Julia Roberts, another funny twist in the plot. Ironically, Linus’ mother is a U.S. law official who happens to lead a bust against the group. In the end, Danny wins the bet because his gang took the Egg while it was on its way to the museum. Toulour discovers that he lost the bet and pays the gang’s debt to Benedict.

The gathering of top actors for this film makes it very interesting and fun to watch. In addition, the actors are so appropriately placed in the parts that they play that it seems to be a natural situation that has really happened. George Clooney as Danny is an excellent choice, and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an excellent investigator who ends up being devious and dishonest. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts all play their parts very well.

Reviews for the movie were sometimes a bit critical, saying that it did not quite make the hit as big as its predecessor Ocean’s Eleven, but that it was still full of fun and entertainment. The other criticism in reviews written about this film concerned the amount of time devoted to the characters that George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Brad Pitt played. Some critics thought that the film would have been improved if Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, and other comedians would have been emphasized more.

Ocean’s Twelve came in as the 14th movie of 2004 according to box office sales. Ahead of it were Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, and others. There are numerous trivia questions that are discussed whenever the topic of this movie arises. It is still a big hit today, many years after its release.