OCEAN’S 8

Ocean’s 8 is the newest in the Ocean’s series of heist films started in 2001.

This time Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean the sister of Danny Ocean who died sometime between Ocean’s 13 and this film.

The heist centers around the MET Gala and involves stealing a necklace valued at $150 million.  It’s also a revenge film (like most of the Ocean’s movies) as Bullock looks to frame her ex who framed her in a crime and got her sent to prison for over five years.

THE SAME…BUT DIFFERENT

This film feels a bit like a reboot of the franchise while still telling a story that is more or less original.  The heist itself is fun but devoid of some of the twists and last-second problems that were a feature of the earlier films.

Without getting into spoilers, I had a few problems with some of the aspects of the heist.  There were a few details that I thought created plot holes in the movie, but none of them were glaring or terrible.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD

I think this movie suffered from a few pacing problems.  There are bits that drag a little bit and the action never hits the heights of the original Ocean’s 11.

That being said, this film was fairly fun.  One thing that I appreciated was the diversity of the cast, and I’m not talking about their race or gender.  What I mean is that Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon’s characters from the original run of films are fairly interchangeable.  There are some small differences, but in the end, they’re just the suave good-looking guys.

This cast showcases much more versatility of acting talent.  There are things that Sandra Bullock does well as an actress that Sarah Paulson doesn’t.  And there are notes that Sarah Paulson hits that Bullock doesn’t.

Each of these women are unique enough actors to allowing a blending that didn’t exist to the same degree in the original films.

SPOILER?

If you don’t want any part of this movie spoiled just skip down to the next heading.

I’m not sure if I can call this a spoiler or not because it involves something that doesn’t happen in the movie, but I was sure that Danny Ocean was going to show up.  Not as another member of the team or someone working behind the scenes because I think that would have undercut the movie.  But at the end, Bullock visits his grave and tells him that he would have loved it.

I was sure that Clooney’s hand was going to fall on her shoulder and he was going to say, “you should have invited me.” Or something like that.

It didn’t happen, but I think they leave the door open just enough to bring Clooney back in a future film and have him team up with his sister, which would be fun.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It was fun.  That’s probably the best way I can describe it.  It was a light, fun film with a well thought-out plot and a good dose of humor.  I wasn’t absolutely in love with it, but it was an enjoyable enough movie to pass the time.  If you check it out I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

FINAL VERDICT: 3.5/5

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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

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