Review: Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)


“What I want, what’s most important to me, is that Reuben gets his share of the hotel restored. Now I’m here to give you that chance.”
– Danny Ocean

Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould) suffers from a heart attack when his partner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) double-crosses Reuben when he tries to go legit. Taking Reuben for everything and having him sign over ownership rights to the hotel-casino they were building together, he ends up bedridden. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) come together to talk with Reuben and approach Bank to make a deal, which he rejects almost immediately. It appears that the two have no choice, and call in the old crew to come to Reuben’s aid, to exact their revenge.

ocean's thirteen reuben ill

“We’ll talk about it when I’m dead.” – Reuben Tishkoff

Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), “The Amazing” Yen (Shaobo Qin), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison),  Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), Turk Malloy (Scott Caan), and Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner) immediately come to lend their money and assistance to bring Bank to his knees. First off, they team decides to ensure that Bank will not win the prestigious Five Diamond Award that he so desperately wants, and set to work. Saul is used to impersonate a reviewer of the board and the real reviewer, (David Paymer), has the worst time of his life thanks to the team. Secondly, Danny and Rusty call in Roman Nagel (Eddie Izzard) when they are stuck on the issue of the security that Bank has implemented in his hotel. Roman tells them that the “The Greco Player Tracker” is impossible to beat, but eventually between the three of them work out a plan – they somehow need to trick Bank into taking a magnetron to disrupt the Greco.

ocean's thirteen arrest

“Oh, I don’t lose. People who bet on me to lose lose. And they lose big.” – Willy Bank

The team plans to hustle Bank’s new casino for five hundred million dollars – it needs to pay out to the winners. However, when people are winning they are not leaving, and they are going to need a way to get the rich and famous of the hotel with all their winnings. They set about rigging the slot machines and the floor tables to ensure maximum winning, and creating an earthquake to evacuate everyone. However, their drill to create the earthquake is not an option anymore when it gives up the ghost and Danny and Rusty are unimpressed about having to approach Terry Benedict (Andy García) and get him to help them finance their plan. Benedict agrees, on one condition: the team needs to make sure that they steal all the diamonds that Bank purchased for his wife to represent the Five Diamond Awards that he has won. The team is convinced that it cannot be done, yet Benedict is unwavering – the diamonds or no deal. In the meanwhile, François “The Night Fox” Toulour (Vincent Cassel) has his eye on the players who are not aware of his presence.

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“You’re like the Morecambe and Wise of the thievery world, but even they went off the boil after a while.” – Roman Nagel

What is Toulour doing in Vegas? Will the team be able to restore Reuben’s honour and knock Bank for five hundred million dollars in winnings? Will Reuben make a speedy recovery after his heart attack or is everything as he knew it now over? Will Bank ever realise the error of his ways, or has the team finally come up against their match, a man who will bring them all to their knees?

A 6.5/10 for Ocean’s Thirteen. This one was a slight step up from Ocean’s Twelve but it still falls massively short of the mark of Ocean’s Eleven. It had a deliberate yet slightly fast pace set from the off and grew from there, everyone doing what they could to help Reuben. There was plenty of humour again (I had a particular giggle at the Mexican strikes incited by Virgil). Al Pacino was a slippery snake and got his just desserts. The plot for this one was not quite as slick and well presented as the others, and there were absolutely no new surprises as they have all been used before. I must say the Ocean’s trilogy is entertaining but would have also been just fine had they stuck to just one film. The cast really is the one thing that sells this film to you and keeps you watching, they are talented and manage to run with the material they are given. The movie feels slightly long in places, and it was definitely not as sharp as it was intended to be. Pacino was not as formidable as you would have expected, and seemed a cheap knockoff of Benedict, who did provide me with some laughs however.

30 thoughts on “Review: Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

  1. nice review. I haven’t seen this movie, but will still catch it sometime. Like I said the star cast is so good that they make mediocre stuff much better.


    • Thank Nish!

      I don’t know why but my damn reader keeps unfollowing you.

      It is worth checking out and is a step up from the last one, and the cast was definitely worth the watch!


  2. I will admit to never watching this in its entirety. The second is so bad and the start of this not compelling enough that I have given up before it’s ended. But it still seems to me that you’re being too kind to a flick, even with your muted praise. 🙂

    Good review.


    • Thanks James!

      Yeah this one did start a little blandly, but it got better as it went, what with the Mexican riots, etc, though neither of these were ever going to match the brilliance of Eleven. There were a lot of issues, and I may have been too kind! 😛


  3. Eric: They made a fucking third one???

    Zoe: Yep – here’s my thoughts.

    Eric: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck – well thanks for taking this one for us.

    Zoe: No problem

    Eric: (thinks for a good minute) Want a hug?



  4. In all honestly, the only thing that impacted me the most out of reading the review and looking at the poster….is that I miss Bernie Mac. I think this series just went the, “Lets get more money” route, at the expense of telling a good story.


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