Monday, January 12, 2009

Not so fast, Ocean's 11

I watched Ocean’s 11 last night for the first time in a few years and two things stuck out.

First off, there’s a moment when Linus (Matt Damon) is talking about Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) and he says, “Not bad for a guy that’s worth a quarter of a billion dollars.” Benedict is the owner of three prime Vegas casinos, is he not? And he’s only worth $250 million dollars? Maybe I was mistaken and he said, “3 quarters of a billion dollars,” but even so, according to Wikipedia, the cost of building the Bellagio was 1.6 billion. And this is just one of the three casinos that Benedict owns. Could someone not have done some simple math on this and said, “Maybe we should rewrite that line.” Seriously, how hard would that have been?

Two, the reason that Tess (Julia Roberts) leaves Benedict is because she hears the conversation that Daniel Ocean (George Clooney) has with Terry Benedict after Benedict has been robbed. Ocean asks Benedict if he’d give up Tess to get his $160 million back. Benedict says yes and Tess leaves him. Really Tess, you expected him to say anything different? Regardless of whether he meant it or not, he’d have to say yes to anything to try to get that money back. If Clooney had asked him if he’d perform various sexual acts on farm animals for the money, he’d of said yes to that too. It doesn’t mean he’d do it. He’s just trying to con the con man. Seriously, this is why you’re leaving the guy? C’mon, give me a break.

What does it say about me that I have no problem with any of the robbery plans, as farfetched as they are, but these two minor issues bothered me?


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