FRIDAY REVIEW

Ocean's Eleven

"Ocean's Eleven"... interesting twists to thieving.  

WHAT IS someone like Julia Roberts doing in a film like this? There is no great role to speak of, no great histrionics to display and playing moll/date to a sophisticated casino owner makes her just a showpiece. Considering the fact that she is one of Hollywood's highest paid star and stories are written with her in mind, her presence in this film is rather puzzling. Be that as it may, the real flavour of this racy venture lies in the action engineered by a mischievous, charismatic genius who considers thieving a challenge. And with a battery of terrific looking, talented stars, ``Ocean's Eleven" is something you will watch with reluctant admiration. Admiration for the amount of effort one would take to break into a seemingly invincible territory, the brainpower used for this venture- more to do with challenge than just big money, the wonderful teamwork which makes it all happen and the possibility of the impossible happening. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey prison, Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is already scheming his next plan. He has three rules - don't hurt anybody, don't steal from anyone who does not deserve it, and play the game like you have nothing to lose. With these golden parameters he is ready to orchestrate a very sophisticated, intricate casino robbery. He goes about the task with the precision of a military campaign handpicking a team of specialist crew- which includes Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) and a master pickpocket Linus (Matt Damon), a demolition genius, a bartender with an ear to the ground, a robot expert, and a few disgruntled souls. They attempt to steal over $150 millions from a Las Vegas casino owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia who does a good job), a suave, ruthless man whose girlfriend happens to be Tess (Julia Roberts), ex-wife of Ocean.

The whole film is one huge ride into thrillsville with the bright and glitzy Las Vegas providing the backdrop. And one thing is guaranteed - there is no dull moment. And with such a star cast you really cannot complain about half-hearted performances. All of them seem to be convinced by what they are doing and if you happen to see them chuckling you really cannot blame them. They are just having a jolly good time. Directed by Steven Soderbergh with the screenplay by Ted Griffin, this Warner Bros International venture tries to recreate the excitement of the great robberies that dominated the screen years ago.

CHITRA MAHESH

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