Why the Ocean’s trilogy was such a big hit with audiences and do they still resonate 10 years on?
When you think of heist movies you automatically envision the Ocean’s trilogy. Ever since the release of Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, the series produced three of the most quintessential heist movies of the modern age but what made them such a big hit with audiences?
The ensemble cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Scott Cann to name a few. Their chemistry produced a slick rhythm between scenes that allowed the central players and the heist plots to be played out to direct the path of the film. As a cast, it is one of the best which has ever been assembled and is still talked about 16 years later.
Steven Soderbergh produced all three films, the first being an updated version of the 1960’s Rat Pack classic which starred Frank Sinatra. What makes this such great viewing is their ability to keep the attention of the audiences. Rated as ‘Certificate 12’ in the UK the films make for great family viewing. Due to the limited violence, zero nudity and almost no bad language parents should have no qualms about showing their kids these films. With the elaborate plans that are pieced together like a puzzle, with clues and clever reveals introduced throughout, you simply can’t stop wondering “How is this going to play out?”.
How authentic is the Ocean’s Trilogy?
The Ocean’s Trilogy’s casino scenes are set in Las Vegas, the home of mega casino-hotels and associated activities. Las Vegas is annually ranked as one of the world’s most visited tourists destinations as a result of the vibrant nightlife, elaborate water fountain displays and spectacular shows. When Ocean’s Eleven was first released in 2001, the Bellagio Hotel and MGM Grand Hotel and Casino were used for featured moments in the movies giving the film a real-life quality.
Ocean’s Eleven earned $450,728,529 at the worldwide box office. The other two films were not as highly regarded, seeing revenues drop, but Ocean’s Thirteen still received a respectable $311,744,465 total in 2007. The final victory scene in Ocean’s Thirteen left the series open for potential new endeavours, where more ticket takings would be expected.
With the films showing montages which include casino games, many viewers were inspired and started to wonder how to play games such as Roulette like these suave characters and whether there are any ways of beating the system. Take a look at this scene from Ocean’s Thirteen which showcases a heist in full swing.
There are a range of casino games shown throughout this clip including Blackjack and Craps. This con works by using a selection of technological devices which help the player influence the outcome and win excessive amounts of money. Even though a heist on this scale happening in real life is extremely unlikely, there is technology like roulette computers which allow you to legally predict outcomes, therefore making these legal in many establishments.
To gamble significant amounts and win on casino games, players need to practise, learn and research strategies. For example, the Martingale Betting Method in Roulette is a simple approach in which you double your bets after a loss – although it cannot sustain profits over the long-term. There are almost methods using Dominant Diamonds on a casino roulette wheel. Another way is to rehearse online through practice play modes which allow you to bet in credits. Using this in-play technology provides individuals with a way to master strategies before betting with real money either online or in a casino.
The rise of women participating in gambling
Ever since the first release of Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, there has been year-on-year growth in women participating in betting. There is a probability that this has impacted on Warner Brothers’ decision to make an all-female version of the film (more on that later). The Gambling Commission’s Annual Report released in February 2017 showed that 44% of the women participated in one form of gambling. This rose significantly compared to 2015, with the highest amount of women who bet coming from the 55-64 age demographic.
In a traditional casino setting, as seen in the Ocean’s Trilogy, one of the most loved machines is the slots. Gambling participation from both males and females saw the highest increase using this type of game. In recent years there has been a range of new exciting online slots introduced, many are commercialisations from successful films which includes Bridesmaids and Tarzan.
The Future of the trilogy
Casino betting is on the rise and action movies are one of the top grossing genres of film with 37% of the North American market. With this in mind, there is a clear demand for a new heist film. The Ocean’s director, Steven Soderbergh, noticed this and has partnered with Gary Ross and Olivia Milch to create an all-female spin-off called ‘Ocean’s Eight’. With an all-star cast which includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway, there is no-doubt that this new film will be a great addition to the Trilogy.
Oceans Eight is expected to be released in cinemas in June 2018. The reboot will have some original members returning for a cameo appearance. This new production shows that heist films are still attractive to mainstream cinemas and entertainment companies, and the Ocean’s trilogy is still relevant 10 years since the last release.
Article by: Harry G.