Even when creating (seemingly) mainstream product, Soderbergh is never conventional. Only in his weakest films does he even pretend to be a storyteller. In his best work, the emphasis remains on mood, atmosphere, deconstruction of form and technique. Ocean's Thirteen might be a step back from the gonzo meta-pastiche of the second film, but it's no less of a charming, creative, largely entertaining gambol...
Really got close to getting back to the cool charm of the first film but not quite. Andy Garcia's role was a great idea but not a great execution. Pacino looked like he was about to shrivel up and die. Ellen Barkin was a nice surprise, however, and the rest of the cast were reliably great.
Director Steven Soderbergh and the amiable all-star cast just go through the motions in this ceaselessly mediocre sequel. The cinematography and production design are as slick as ever, but the plot is so complicated somehow every character seems shortchanged. Completely dull and lifeless, hopefully this dud marks the end of a tired franchise.
Clearly the weakest of the three of the installments in the series. Made purely out of shear demand. They basically phoned in the performances the script and the whole production. Really a huge disappointment considering the cast is top notch. Who would think that a film that has Al Pacino would be so poorly thought out. Then again he made 88 minutes also!
With the third film we are back to the original style that made the first so popular - Las Vegas city and the heists and the film is much better for it. The cast seem to enjoy themselves again as Catherine Zeta-Jones is kicked out of the movie so she can no longer steal screen time and the ensemble get to have a lot more to do again even if the heist is a little disappointing and seems more like an afterthought.
After the abysmal Ocean's Twelve this film feels like a return to form. Ocean's Thirteen is by no means as good as Ocean's Eleven, but it is still a fun and well made heist film. The addition of Al Pacino's Willy Bank lends the movie a lot of gravitas. Pacino is having a great time in the role and he basically steals every scene that he is in. This is an enjoyable, if a tad forgettable and predictable heist film.