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"Ocean's Twelve"



"Ocean's Twelve" ... a light-hearted caper.

IT IS preposterous and completely a game of one-upmanship. And it deals with the idea of who is a better thief.

Not very ethical, but when you have some of the most good looking people and accomplished names (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould, Bernie Mac, Cassey Affleck, Scott Cann, Carl Reiner among others) in Hollywood populating the film, then Warner Bros' "Ocean's Twelve" becomes a light-hearted caper.

Coming after the slick and stylish "Ocean's Eleven," it must have been hard to keep up with its pace and storyline. Here the dare and devilry of bored men seems to be the focus rather than a story that is believable.

Casino owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) wants his $160 million back. The money that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his cohorts stole in "Oceans Eleven." With interest, thank you! He tracks all of them down — reintroducing all the characters in the process — and tells them they have two weeks to pay up or else... So now Terry is more of a threat than he was. Please don't ask logical questions. This is not that kind of a movie.

It's the kind where Catherine Zeta-Jones gets to play Europol detective, who is smart and cunning enough to withstand the combined brain power of the 12 involved (there is Julia Roberts too, now as the loving wife of Danny).

She plays Isabel Lahiri, a woman who has also had a fling with Rusty (Brad Pitt) and has been hired to nab such suave thieves. She has to keep ahead of their plans.

But then there is someone even smarter - the Night Fox (Vincent Cassel), an international counterpart to Danny and company. It goes without saying that the competitive spirit will emerge and there will be a wager to see who will be the first to steal the famed Faberge egg.

He also challenges Danny Ocean — that if he manages to get the egg first he will pay back Terry. But if he gets there first, then Ocean has to agree that the Night Fox is invincible and disappear from the scene of crime.

Many smart people many paths and many agendas. It is but natural that paths would intersect and you can watch how these groovy guys move on from the tinsel bright world of Las Vegas to gorgeous locales in Europe.

The film is sheer fluff with well-known faces (Bruce Willis, for example) turning up here and there. Director Steve Soderbergh makes sure that it is beautifully shot and presented and that audiences don't get bored, never mind about the superficiality.

There are too many stars for anyone to make an impact but rest assured its pure eye candy and all of them do have their moments of glory.

CHITRA MAHESH

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