#23. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Ted Griffin, based on the film “Ocean’s Eleven” by Harry Brown & Charles Lederer and George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell
Shot by: Steven Soderbergh (as Peter Andrews)
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Shaobao Qin, Julia Roberts
The First Half Hour Of This Movie: Is flawless. Scarcely has there been a better “getting the team together” sequence.
That Being Said: The rest of the movie is pretty flawless too.
Except Maybe For: Don Cheadle’s “accent.”
What Makes This A Brilliant Heist Film: Is that everything is played out in front of the cameras, so long as you’re able to look for it.
Even: Linus “lifting” the airline ticket from under Danny’s hand. It’s so slick, but it’s right there on camera.
Andy Garcia: Looks uncomfortable smiling.
Carl Reiner: Pulls off a tough guy pretty convincingly for a veteran comedian.
But Really: The writing of this film is so good. Love the scenes between Danny and Tess, and the subtle tenderness between them.
Soderbergh: Makes it all look so effortless.
Love: The chemistry between Scott Caan and Casey Affleck.
Favourite Part: Linus as the NGC employee vs. Frank as the racially offended criminal.
Still Have To Pay Attention During: The bank vault sequence.
The Scene Around The Fountain: Is perfect (and apparently improvised)!