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Wanted: ‘Ocean’s 12’

Laura A. Ball
Special to the Daily Characters from the new film, Ocean's 12, are duped into a new caper.

The sequel was minus the intricate plot, but more fun. Perhaps giving a little to everyone’s best interests.Planes, trains and automobiles.Ocean’s 11 plus one is on a mission overseas and by whatever means, they’ll get there.Any seasoned moviegoer knows that an all-star cast of characters mixed with breathtaking scenery, and throw the sequel element, is a recipe for disaster.”Ocean’s 12,” directed and produced by Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Erin Brockovich”), dispels that theory once and for all.

My eyes never left the screen during the playful successor to “Ocean’s 11,” the remake of the 1960s film with Frank Sinatra and the rat-pack. The witty film rolls quickly and is full of eye candy from the “12” to their scenic destinations of Paris, Rome and Amsterdam.But don’t leave your imaginations at home. You have to take this movie for what it is.Where critics go wrong in deeming this movie a flop, is their perception that this is supposed to be a serious film. Unlike its predecessor, “Ocean’s 12” doesn’t involve the intricate plot, but it’s way more fun.The pack gets a rude awakening from their beau monde lives one by one as Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) seeks them out. Mr. Benedict’s interruptions are not welcome, and definitely not timely, finding the 12 in humorous circumstances.The casino tycoon wants his money back, all $160 million of it plus interest, and he’s giving them two weeks to do it.The master thieves only know one way to get the money – stealing it, of course.

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) leads them on a European heist coincidentally bringing the viewers on a tour of amazing architecture and landscape.But the overseas job isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.When the esteemed French criminal Night Fox, who leaves figurines at the scene of every crime, beats the gang to the robbery, their thieving skills are called into question. The Night Fox’s obsession becomes a competition to find out who is the best thief, and the only way to know that is to go after the same thing.Another problem, Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) finds himself compromising to the group when he reunited with the beautiful crime detective Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones).It’s more about the game this time around, folks. And the game is full of twists and turns that may turn out the winner.

Whoever steals the Faberge egg from a museum in Rome will win the title of the best thief. Danny’s wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), is required for this plan, and she does something she’s never done in a film. Roberts’ surprise was the only confusing element of the film – a big huh? This action/comedy/thriller is definitely entertaining until the last scene, when you can remember to breath again.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 619, or laball@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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