Ocean’s Eleven (2001) is a remake of the 1960 movie.  It focuses on the plan hatched by Daniel Ocean (George Clooney), who then recruits ten others (hence the eleven) to work with him in robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand hotels, all under the ownership of Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia).

It was a pretty light movie; no thematic messages of any kind.  It was fun to watch, particularly when they were pulling off the heist.  I liked that every character had a particular role to carry out, and it wasn’t just one person doing everything.  I liked the clockwork feel to the heist.  I found the ending a bit cheesy, with the Bellagio fountains and the “epiphany” music.  I guess it was primarily because I didn’t like Julia Roberts’ character very much; it just seemed that she didn’t particularly have a mind of her own and kind of just followed whatever path was set out for her.  Her realization during the “epiphany” music that she loved Daniel was irritating more than touching.  But other than that, it was a fun movie to watch.  So if you’re looking for a movie to just kick back and enjoy, not particularly ram your head against, Ocean’s Eleven is a good choice.

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