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As good as 1960 Rat Pack crime caper Ocean’s Eleven was and that’s pretty good considering the premise of a team of well-dressed wiseguys pulling off an ambitious heist in Las Vegas Lewis Milestone’s original was a messily-plotted, scrapily-acted film. The same cannot be said of Steven Soderbergh‘s remake, which takes the raw ingredients and slaps them right into shape to form a sassy, stylish piece of cinema that’s so tight it could well have hurt.

Cool from the kick-off, Soderbergh sets us up with a series of constituent parts that are each handled with meticulous precision. First we meet Danny Ocean (George Clooney), fresh out of jail and ready once again to make crime pay. With a heist already in mind, Ocean and right- hand-man Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) must then pitch the job to the money man (an obscenely dressed Elliot Gould) and assemble the crew. Soderbergh sets the scene in Las Vegas before returning to Danny Ocean‘s eleven to run through the plan and execute the heist.

In all of this there are of course several appallineg good-looking men milling around, and Soderbergh’s not as silly as the original director in wasting the opportunity for a love interest (previously the underused Angie Dickinson). Which is where Julia Roberts comes in as Ocean’s ex-wife Tess, the object in a game of pass the parcel - or piggy in the middle, depending on how you look at it - that‘s played between Ocean and the casino boss, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), that he’s ripping off.

Moving so smoothly it could be set on greasy wheels, this is fast-paced fun for all the family. Throwaway fun at that, but good all the same. (Catherine Bromley)

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