September 9, 2018

“Ocean’s 8”, a Good Movie or Flop?

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Sam Garner


"Ocean's 8", a Good Movie or Flop?

Finally, last night I took the time to watch the latest Ocean’s movie.

Ocean’s 8 directed by Gary Ross, and written by Ross and Olivia Milch, is a spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy. To get to Ocean’s 8 very quick, I want to go over the whole story from the very beginning.

I loved the first three movies. Ocean’s 11 was a hit. I loved the script, cast, screenplay, characters, location, the work… Everything was perfect. I even made a short film based on that story (just for fun).

On Ocean’s 12, I just loved the surprise how everything went wrong, everyone got captured and at the end, when you think everything is over and lost, they reveal their secret and… You actually love the feeling of getting fooled.

And Ocean’s 13, yet another awesome cast. Everyone on board. Good story. Like always, an intro and something to trigger Ocean to start a new job. An initial plan (very creative, of course). The plan goes wrong. Some challenges here and there, and suddenly you see how everything comes together and you feel satisfied.

Now, with that in mind, I couldn’t wait to see Ocean’s 8 with an all-female cast. I heard some criticism here and there, yet I wanted to see it for myself without any judgments.

After watching Ocean’s 8, this time not directed by Steven Soderbergh, to be honest, I was shocked. It lacks tension, it’s boring, and has a lazy script writing. Everything was predictable and left nothing to play with it in your head after the movie was over. NO EXCITEMENT AT ALL.

The movie starts with Debby Ocean (Danny Oceans’ sister) released from prison. To be fair, the movie has a good starting but you suddenly find yourself in the middle of the recruiting process for the heist, which Debby has planned for the past 5 years she spent in jail. Everything comes together without any strong motivation. Everyone knows what to do and they do it without any doubt and fear and flaws. Just straight through it.

The diamond necklace gets robbed, everyone is happy and you see the black screen with the cast going up. I mean, really??? After all these “Jason Bourne” and “Mission: Impossible” movies, this is the best you can write? The only challenge they had to overcome was the magnetic lock on the necklace which got solved in no time, with just a phone call in the next scene.

In my opinion, this was a bad movie with a good cast. They really could do better with a star-studded cast including Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, and Sarah Paulson.

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