Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Ocean's Eleven



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 08/12/2015




FORMAT: DVD


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 7 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 30.8 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 2379.7 miles


SYNOPSIS: A group of ex-army buddies plan to heist millions from Las Vegas casinos on New Years Eve.  


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Good intentions and honor among thieves.  Even the best laid plans can go astray.  Vegas in its heyday, before all the commercialism.


PROS AND CONS: This film is somewhat overshadowed by the remake starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.  After seeing both I can say that they are two entirely different films.  


This film is more about the development of character and the way that the key players interact with one another and their motivations.  The latter is more about glitz and style and action.  


The actual heist in this film takes up only a small segment of the two hour film.  In the end, Danny Ocean gets neither the money or the girl, showing that a life of crime never pays off in the end.  In the Clooney version, the entire crew walks off with the money and Danny gets the girl.  Such is the difference in societal morals and values in the 50 year span between the films.


That said, the best part of this film is Vegas in its heyday, when neon was king and Vegas was still a wide open town.  Also endearing is Sammy Davis Jr. who, during a time of Jim Crow laws and segregation in the south, was still able to hold his own with his Caucasian partners in this film.  



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.