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Volume 7, Issue 1                                    University of Houston
'Twelve' surpasses 'Eleven'

Clooney leads same cast for a flick that's a step up from the original

By Tony Hernandez
The Daily Cougar

In 2001, fans who went to see the star-studded cast of Ocean's Eleven saw Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew of 10 thieves sneak and cajole their way into the impenetrable vaults of a Las Vegas casino making off with $160 million. The scheme to steal the money from the casino was so complex and elaborate that it made the CIA headquarters scene in Mission Impossible look like child's play.

However, the plot of Ocean's Twelve blows the first movie out of the water. Despite being reimbursed for the money stolen from the casinos, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the first movie's mob-like villain, remained vengeful and received anonymous information on the names and whereabouts of all involved in the casino heist. Benedict finds all 11 thieves and gives them two weeks to repay $160 million -- plus interest for a total of $200 million. The entire crew from the remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film return, including Tess Ocean (Julia Roberts), Rusty Ryan (Brad Pittt) and Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon).

George Clooney returns as Danny Ocean along with the original cast for Ocean's Twelve, an action-packed sequel that follows and adds to Eleven's story line.
Courtesy of Warner Brothers

After the crew counts how much money they have spent and need to get, Ocean and right-hand man Rusty go international looking for gigs and recognizing that their crew is too hot to work in the United States. Their search leads to Rome and Paris with Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones) hot on their trail. Lahiri, a Europol agent specializing in catching master thieves, also happens to be Ryan's ex-girlfriend.

The script for the movie was witty and filled with sassy dialogue. Moviegoers may feel a little overwhelmed, though, by the amount of confidence and cockiness that exudes from the movie, which includes a cameo from Bruce Willis. 

Even the jazzy soundtrack fits well; director Steven Soderbergh put together a well-rounded film that should be entertaining for fans over the winter break.

Ocean's Twelve

Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon

Rated: PG-13 for language

Warner Brothers

Verdict: Twelve follows Eleven for a better sequel.

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