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Movie Review: Ocean's Twelve

Alternate Title: It Takes a Thief

Story: Fast forward three years since the big Las Vegas hotel heist by Danny Ocean and his crew and we find the same guys living their lives without much change except for having a bit more money. The new dilemma concerns the wronged party who finds them and gives them two weeks to return his money with interest or they are doomed. What to do? What to do?

In a not very exciting series of vignettes we find our lovable lunks looking to score $197,000,000 to get out of their bind. They go to Europe and encounter more cute glitches, setbacks and a beautiful policewoman who just happened to date one of the guys years ago.

Director Steven Soderbergh has more talent than this and should have stopped with the first heist film. This one is worn thin very early on and other than terrific European locales and of course some beautiful people to watch up on the big screen it is very ho hum.

The ending seemed to be a series of script ideas that all were jammed into the final ten minutes.

Acting: Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta Jones gave the best performances of the whole bunch. While I like looking at George Clooney and Brad Pitt, even they were a bit boring after a while.

Predilection: I enjoyed the last Ocean's Eleven (for what it was).

Critters: None.

Visual Art: The European locales are sumptuous and there is plenty of art to look at while the gang attempts a museum break-in.

Blatant Product Placement: Faberge and Bee Playing cards.

Soundtrack: Bouncy

Theater Audience: Pretty crowded for a mid afternoon week day showing.

Quirky Meter: 0

Drift Range: I found myself thinking about what I should pack for my trip later this week. Not a good sign for the film's keeping my attention.

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: It was way too long at two hours. The film screamed for an editor.

Big Screen or Rental: If you like looking at beautiful people up on the big screen check it out, otherwise try renting some of director Soderbergh's other work instead. Ocean's Eleven, the wonderful Traffic, Erin Brokovitch, The Limey, Out of Sight, King of the Hill, Sex, Lies and Videotape and I look forward to his release of (2005) Che.

Length: Two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 5