Her.ie Classic Movie Pick Of The Week... Ocean's Eleven 7 years ago

Her.ie Classic Movie Pick Of The Week... Ocean's Eleven

The cast unites George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts - what more do you need to know? 

Paving the way for a spate of modern movies with ensemble casts, Ocean's Eleven is a slick remake of a 1960s flick starring members of the Rat Pack, but Clooney and co live up to their predecessors in the roles with aplomb.

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One of the highest grossing films of 2001, Ocean's Eleven found favour with the critics as well as at the box-office. Steven Soberbergh's take on the story spawned two sequels; the Ocean's Trilogy continued with Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007.

Clooney excels in the title role of Danny Ocean, who breaks parole for a jaunt to LA to hook up with his partner-in-crime Rusty Ryan, played by Clooney's real-life BFF Brad Pitt.

The pair make their way to Vegas to enlist the help of former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff in a masterplan to simultaneously rob three of the biggest casinos in the City of Sin.

Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict plays a double-villain role, as owner of the casinos and Reuben's former rival, who just happens to be seeing Danny's ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts).

And so the scene is set for Ocean and Ryan to assemble a crack team and attempt the greatest heists Vegas has ever seen.

Ocean's Eleven may not be Soderbergh's finest film, nor Danny Ocean Clooney's finest role, but this film is a perfect example of a movie that is more than the sum of its parts. With star power in spades, smooth dialogue, a fast pace and a great story - you'll be hard pressed to find a better use for your popcorn this week.

Ocean's Eleven will air this Saturday night on ITV2 at 8.00pm

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