Steven Soderbergh's latest remake of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack Vegas caper, the essence of curdled ring-a-ding-ding, is the surest bet in showbiz. It's a spectacle blatantly predicated on a smug gaggle of mega movie stars in boss threads ostentatiously having fun by pretending to steal the house's money while actually taking yours. See it if you must, but don't forget to pack the Air Wick. These breezy doings are mustier than a Glitter Gulch casino at 4 a.m. The party opens with Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) summoned to meet Danny Ocean (George Clooney) on a private plane to Vegas. It's an emergency mission of mercy. The gang's guru-cum-mascot, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), is in the hospital recovering from a coronary precipitated by the double-dealing treachery of his erstwhile partner, another venerable Vegas operator with the colorful moniker Willie Bank (Al Pacino). The plan is to avenge Reuben by preventing Willie's new super-duper deluxe hotel, the Bank, from getting a Five-Diamond rating while rigging the slots, dice, cards, and roulette wheels to drive the establishment into bankruptcy on opening night. The logistics of this scheme are often tedious -- predicated as they are on the substitution of bonhomie for suspense. How many times can Soderbergh and Clooney pull off this same stunt?
Steven SoderberghGeorge Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Casey Affleck, Scott CaanBrian Koppelman, David LevienJerry WeintraubWarner Bros. Pictures