Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2007. Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight. Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell. Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh. Produced by Jerry Weintraub. Music by David Holmes. Production Design by Philip Messina. Costume Design by Louise Frogley. Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione. Cannes Film Festival 2007.
Elliott Gould gets screwed over by business partner Al Pacino and ends up near-comatose in bed after a heart attack. His friends, led by suave George Clooney, decide to get revenge on his behalf by setting up a heist at Pacino’s brand new casino, planning to destroy the man’s reputation, kill his business and take a few diamonds along the way. This third entry in the GQ magazine film photoshoot series by Steven Soderbergh has a zippier plot than the second film, but at this point the whole thing feels like its just going through the motions to please audiences. Andy Garcia, returns, as does the entire cast from both movies save Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julia Roberts, while Ellen Barkin joins the cast as Pacino’s right-hand lady. Gorgeously shot by Soderbergh (under his alias Peter Andrews) the film is super loads of fun even if it doesn’t contribute much to your personal development as a film-goer.