The movie stars George Clooney, who can be powerfully impassive better than almost anybody, as Danny Ocean, fresh out of prison and eager for a new job. He's a smooth operator who, his parole board notes, figured in a dozen investigations where he was never charged. He contacts his old sidekick Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) with a scheme to steal millions from not one but three Las Vegas casinos. Amazingly, the movie specifies and shoots in real casinos (the Mirage, the MGM Grand and the Bellagio) and incorporates the destruction of the Desert Inn.
The outlines of a caper movie are long and well established: the scary external shot of the impenetrable targets; the inside information; the voice-over as we see guards going about their work, and the plan with the split-second timing. \"Ocean's Eleven\" even includes an elaborate full-scale mock-up of the strong room used by the three casinos, leading to such practical questions as, (1) Why does it need to be this elaborate (2) How much did it cost and (3) Who contracted it for them, or did they knock it together themselves overnight The movie excels in its delivery of dialogue. The screenplay by Ted Griffin is elegantly epigrammatic, with dialogue that sounds like a cross between Noel Coward and a 1940s noir thriller.
In the 20 years since Ocean's 11's release, both George Clooney and Brad Pitt have picked movies carefully, and have both gone from strength to strength, cementing their status as two of the greatest stars of their generation. Whatever characters they play, both are effortlessly charming, whilst having it within their range to be dangerous and ruthless when needed. If they've decided to team up with Jon Watts, the result could offer something far better than Ocean's 14 ever could. 153554b96e