A self-indulgent lark if ever there was one. Lucky for us Steven Soderbergh is at the helm. The script-by-committee feels sloppy, roughed-up, and not at all how heist films should feel. Having said that, I think Soderbergh was trying less to make a heist film than just a fun diversion, albeit one that over-indulges its megastar cast. The snarled story has to do with how Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his cohorts must recover the $160 million that he stole from Terry Benedict (Garcia) in the first movie, plus interest. The only way to do it is to leave the county and plunder Europe where his identity is less known. When he and his Eleven make it to Amsterdam, they soon realize that a well-known and notorious French thief, the Night Fox (played smoothly by Vincent Cassel), is on to them and very jealous, not to mention zealous about securing the crown as world’s greatest thief. So, it comes down to a race between the Night Fox and Ocean’s Twelve (the Eleven plus Tess, Danny’s wife) to nab a Faberge egg from a Rome art gallery. Tangled into this brouhaha is a Europol detective played by the luscious Catherine Zeta Jones (a former flame of Brad Pitt’s Rusty and a woman scarred by the childhood disappearance of her father) determined to capture the Night Fox and corral Ocean’s gang while she’s at it. It’s all fun ‘n’ games, but one gets the feeling that Soderbergh is merely indulging (there’s that word again) his stars at the expense of respect for his audience and for the needs of what should’ve been a tighter, more streamlined effort. Generally sloppy performances give the impression of a bunch of rich movie stars set loose on a very expensive playground…and presuming we want to watch. Still, Soderbergh has a good eye, and a solid enough grip on style and on his material to make this a fairly watchable, amusing outing.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, George Nolfi
Cast: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Shaobo Qin, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Carl Reiner