Classic: Ocean’s Eleven Film Review (2001)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

The original 1960’s Oceans Eleven movie was a light hearted flick featuring Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack. So why has critically-acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh remaking it? The answer is to have fun.

The only part of  the 2001 movie takes from the original is the characters and basic plot.

Ocean’s Eleven is a heist thriller staring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, like George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Not to be taken to seriously, Oceans is more like a action comedy rather than crime thriller.

Each character gets their own development throughout the movie, so there is not one main character. This is much different to the 1960 Ocean’s Eleven. No one in the movie lacks depth, they are all equally presented, which is rare in newer movies.

The movie can be enjoyed by enjoyed by all people of all ages, but doesn’t feel like a broadway musical.

The Plot:

Clooney’s character, Danny Ocean, serves his jail-time and jumps back into the criminal underworld. Planning a heist on an underground vault that stores assets for multiple Las Vegas casinos.

Danny explains the heist and makes the impossible sound feasible. He calls upon the remaining members of his team. Every person in his heist crew are experts in their own field of crime. Matt Damon’s character, Linus, is a sly pickpocket. Don Cheadle’s character, Basher, has a talent for blowing things up. Bernie Mac’s character, Frank, can deal cards with incredible accuracy. Yen (Shaobo Qin) is a Chinese acrobat who can fold himself in half, making it easy for him to fit into small containers. Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould) is wealthy enough to fund the operation.

The only thing stopping this star-studded heist crew is the deadly businessman who owns all of the casinos (Terry Benedict).

Tess (Julia Roberts) looks after the gallery business and is the lover of the deadly casino owner and the ex-wife to Danny Ocean.

These are not your average criminals, they are professionals and polite. Unlike other crime thrillers, these characters never lose their temper or say/do anything unpleasant. The whole cast seems relaxed and instinctive.

This movie is a medley of Hollywood’s finest actors/actresses in a setting that could only have been put together in Hollywood. Soderbergh equals his actor’s performance by producing a ‘one-of-a-kind’ crime thriller that will be watched for years to come. You can also feel yourself as a part of this movie by visiting sites like and enjoying some quality time online