The sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s masterful href="http://imdb.com/title/tt0240772/">Ocean’s Eleven starts to feel flat almost immediately when the move begins, and does not get much better.
So? Why so many as the three and a half stars? The characters are not developed much beyond what we saw in the first movie. And almost all of them are redundant in the movie, whereas in the first movie each of them had a time and a place, here they mainly amble along the head honchos (Clooney and Pitt). The story is far-fetched and has holes you could drive a doubledecker bus through.
Or so it appears, until it starts to make sense in the very last chunk of the film. It never gets as good as say the Sting or Nuevas Reinas did. No, the story’s simply not Mamet-esque enough, but still manages to pull a pretty decent trick on the audience. And, according to Jukka, who saw the movie for the second time, it is much better the latter time around when you can concentrate on the sprinkled clues to the main plotline.
And the movie gets the annual meta-plot-device award as well: [Spoiler: white on white text, select to view] Julia Roberts plays Tess Ocean who plays a woman that looks like Julia Roberts. And Bruce Willis’s cameo appearance is just plain painful.