Directed By: Gary Ross
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden, et. al.
When Debbie Ocean is released from prison after serving five years for insurance fraud, she has just two things on her mind: revenge on the man who sent her to prison and pulling off one of the greatest heists ever seen. With the help of Lou, her friend and former partner, Debbie recruits the best all-female team of criminals they can find to help them steal a multi-million dollar necklace off the neck of vapid starlet Daphne Kluger during the annual Met Gala. Starting with roping in a washed-up designer wanted for tax fraud to design the perfect dress for Daphne to wear, Debbie and Lou then seek out old colleagues Amita and Tammy, a jeweler and fence, and recruit Nine Ball and Constance, a hacker and pickpocket to round out their crew. As their deadline draws near, the group perfects their plan, and Debbie makes plans to place the blame for the theft on Claude Becker, the man who sent her to prison for fraud, all the while trying to keep both Daphne and the maker of the necklace in the dark about the scheme.
This latest sequel to Stephen Soderbergh’s 2001 remake of the 1960s film is a decent entry into the franchise. The overall story and planned may not be as grandiose or ambitious as any from the previous trilogy, but the smaller scale works in this instance. Instead of showing a big heist with lots of distractions and red herrings, this movie almost gives a long-con plan with regard to getting the necklace. The characters all work well together, and the actors all have good chemistry. Rihanna is slowly improving her acting skills, though she still has a ways to go.
There aren’t too many special effects beyond background filler, which is done well.
All in all, this is a pretty good movie. The story moves along quickly, and the characters have a decent amount of development. Anyone who liked Ocean’s Eleven should like this one, as should fans of a good caper movie, just so long as you don’t mind a fun, female-centric movie.
Ocean’s 8 isn’t available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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