• Publication date: November 3, 2010

More Money, More Action, More Thieves Ocean�s Twelve: They�re Back � and in Debt

Ocean�s Twelve continues the theme of its predecessor, Ocean�s Eleven by featuring the same all-star cast, adding both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Isabel Lahiri to the mix. This time around theft victim and Casino tycoon Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has tracked down Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his team of top-notch crooks � and he wants his money back. Benedict demands not only the $160 million that was stolen from him, but also $38 million in accumulated interest. At around $19 million per thief, and given that most members have nearly depleted their savings, delivering the cash in less than the 12 allotted days is no easy task.

Ocean�s Twelve continues the theme of its predecessor, Ocean�s Eleven by featuring the same all-star cast, adding both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Isabel Lahiri to the mix. This time around theft victim and Casino tycoon Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has tracked down Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his team of top-notch crooks � and he wants his money back. Benedict demands not only the $160 million that was stolen from him, but also $38 million in accumulated interest. At around $19 million per thief, and given that most members have nearly depleted their savings, delivering the cash in less than the 12 allotted days is no easy task.

Considering that insurance long since repaid Benedict�s loss, merely recuperating his cash is unimportant. Benedict hopes to teach the crew and anyone thinking to imitate them a dear lesson, namely that no transgressions against him will remain unpunished. The point is quickly driven home to the crew, who must sharpen their skills to remain breathing. To pay their debt, Ocean�s thieves have to carry out a series of high profile robberies, rather than just one.

The gang�s first heist entails obtaining the world�s first stock certificate in Amsterdam. To do so they must use an elaborate mechanism to raise the owner�s home. They soon learn that another thief has stolen the document: The Night Fox (Vincent Cassel). Fox, a wealthy businessman named Baron Francois Toulour by day, arranged the theft so that he could meet Danny, and offer him a life saving proposal: If Ocean�s crew can obtain the famed Coronation Egg, Toulour will pay their debt in full, saving them the trouble of carrying out multiple, potentially unsuccessful jobs. With a plethora of experience under their belts the posse accepts the challenge. As one might expect, however, Toulour�s offer is not as straightforward as it appears.

The picture�s soundtrack features classic tracks by soul master Marvin Gaye, rock legend Neil Diamond, jazzman Dave Grusin, and many more. With a $110 million budget Ocean�s Twelve raked in an impressive $362 million internationally, earning three times its production cost.

Year: 2004

Duration: 125 minutes

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Starring:

George Clooney

Brad Pitt

Matt Damon

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Andy Garcia

Don Cheadle

Bernie Mac

Julia Roberts

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Rating: Rated PG-13 for explicit language.