Planning the Heist in the Heart of Las Vegas


Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

A remake of the 1960 movie with The Rat Pack, the new Ocean’s Eleven is a highly polished heist movie that brings together a stellar ensemble cast. While the movie obviously relies on the pull of its A-listers to draw in the viewers, it also has more aces up its sleeve. With the excellent Steven Soderbergh at its helm and a fittingly cool soundtrack, Ocean’s Eleven never falters, being purely entertaining from the beginning to the end.

The plot is simple: fresh out of prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) gathers a team of eleven in order to rob three casinos in a single night. With their impressive range of skills and some careful planning, they are ready to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist – and to outwit Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), a ruthless casino owner, who might end up wishing that he owned a line of online casinos instead! However, with Ocean’s ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts) now dating Benedict, things get complicated…

Apart from George Clooney, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, other big names include Brad Pitt as Ocean’s friend Rusty Ryan, as well as Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould and others. While all of the actors do a fine job, the movie slightly suffers under the weight of its overwhelmingly stellar cast. Perhaps, if you put too many A-list Hollywood stars in one place, sometimes their charismas will cancel each other out. Or perhaps it is simply the fact that Ocean’s Eleven is just like the heist itself: carefully planned and skilfully executed – all to the point at which it seemingly loses that extra touch of filmmaking passion.

Even so, Ocean’s Eleven is very likeable. It is clever enough not to be pretentious, and delivers exactly what it promises: an enjoyable, feel-good caper that aims to entertain and surprise with a few well-placed twists. Ocean’s Eleven can be easily downloaded using Movie HD Downloader, an application that allows you to watch a massive variety of movies on your computer.