And so we are offered a panoply of star turnsby which I mean actors playing themselves more or lessby Brad Pitt as Clooney's cohort, Mark Damon as the young 'un pulling off his first "really big show," Andy Garcia as the nasty casino owner, and the late Bernie Mac as an "inside man" working for one of the casinos.
And of course there's the vicarious thrill of seeing someone, or a group of someones, make off with what is usually a pretty lucrative catch.
Except this: the original played off its star power with the exact same lan that this remake does.
Sinatra was Sinatra in this film, just as Clooney is Clooney.
Now, Robbery may not have been the most artful heist movie on record, but it started a genre that has been one of the most unfailingly popular throughout the ensuing century plus since it first lit up screens.
What is it about caper and heist films that so captivates audiences?
The first Ocean's Eleven, the 1960 Rat Pack feature starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and a host of other Sinatra hangers-on, became one of the most, if not the most, popular features these legendary buddies made together.