Not as dangerous as their male counterparts

GIRL TALK: On release from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), centre, assembles a team of eight to perpetrate a daring heist of a $150-million Cartier diamond necklace at New York’s prestigious Met Gala. Her team includes her con-artist friend Lou (Cate Blanchett), left, and fashion-designer Rose Well (Helena Bonham Carter)

Ocean’s 8 with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway,

directed by Gary Ross.

3.5/5

AS long as you are not expecting as much action as their male counterparts provided in the Ocean’s franchise, this is a nice romp with the girls and a few twists make it entertaining enough.

Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney in the preceding Ocean’s trilogy) is dead, or at least that’s what everyone seems to think. His sister, Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock) has just been released from prison after serving five years for fraud.  She had been ratted out by her previous co-conspirator Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) who Ocean goes to see on her release.

Ocean is now determined to pull off the heist of the century by stealing the Toussaint, a $150-million Cartier diamond necklace, but not from within its heavily-guarded vault. She meets up with a former partner, Lou (Cate Blanchett) and explains her plan which involves getting a ditzy supermodel Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) to request wearing the Toussaint to the exclusive Met Gala.

Ocean assembles a team of eight women with a unique skillset to pull off this daring game of misdirection and, like her brother in the previous movies, she is really good at tying up all the loose ends.

Top of the list is the easy recruitment of nearly bankrupt but high profile fashion designer, Rose Well (Helena Bonham Carter), to tantalise Kluger into wanting to be dressed by her for the Met Gala.

And of course, they need a pickpocket, hacker, jeweller and fence to complete their team.

A revenge element in the story is always intriguing, and Ocean obviously targets Becker, which Lou hopes won’t sink their whole plan.

The movie lacks the high-adrenaline and danger we have come to expect from an Ocean’s movie but the beautiful women (particularly when they are all dressed to the nines to attend the Met Gala) makes up for it, to some extent anyway.

With the on-going #metoo campaign, with its spotlight on sexual abuse as well as parity with their male counterparts, we can expect some more all-female casts in movies in the future. However, It might have been better if Ocean’s 8 wasn’t part of the Ocean’s franchise but just an interesting heist-story on its own, as people are bound to make comparisons and this movie is not quite as good as the others.

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