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Film Review: Ocean’s 8

Director:   Gary Ross

Cast:   Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina

Rating:   M

Running Time:   110

Australian Distributor:   Roadshow Films

A wafer-thin plot is offset by a bunch of charismatic performances in this mostly enjoyable, all-female update of the Ocean’s heist series. The brief is simple: cast a team of A-list actresses and let them have the fun that is usually reserved for men. As breezy entertainment, Ocean’s 8 works deliciously.

When con artist Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is released from prison, she teams up with old friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to steal a multi-million dollar necklace during New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum Gala.  


It’s a big job and a crew is needed, so hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson) and eccentric and money-less fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) are contracted. The gang plan to remove a prized Tiffany’s piece from model-actress Daphne Kruger (Anne Hathaway), and smuggle it out of the museum. But can they break the tight security cordon?

While there’s little fun to be had working out how the thieves will extricate themselves from tight corners, the cast seem to be having a great time in front of the cameras, and that enthusiasm is infectious.

As with earlier examples of the series, charm and glamour carry the day. The actresses here inject their characters with verve and poise, and their exuberant performances overcome the lacklustre plot. In particular, Blanchett and Bullock prove to be a fine pair of criminal masterminds



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