Debbie Ocean is released from prison and recruits seven women to
help pull off a daring jewelry heist and get some personal vengeance.
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Directed by Gary Ross
Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch
Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway,
Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden
Spin-Off of 2001's Ocean's Eleven
When the first trailer for Ocean's 8 came out, I was skeptical. All-female reboots had reached an all-time low with 2016's Ghostbusters, and I figured this would just be another shameless cash grab reboot. Remarkably, Ocean's 8 was anything but. This reboot preserved the spirit of the Soderbergh trilogy while also building on his world and turning in a fun heist movie with likable characters and believable stakes. Sandra Bullock takes on the lead role as Debbie Ocean, the equally brilliant thief sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean, and just like her brother, Debbie's in it for revenge.
After Debbie is released from prison, she seeks out seven like-minded women to assist in stealing the most valuable diamond necklace in the world. What follows is a detailed heist of the Met Gala, and in true Ocean fashion, there's the heist and then there's the real heist that happens while the audience isn't looking. With a great ensemble and a number of surprising twists, it's no wonder this film exceeded expectations.
Ocean's 8 could've easily fell prey to the same problems that plagued the Ghostbusters reboot, but it didn't because it respected the source material, it paid attention to the screenplay, and it had a killer cast. What more could you ask for in a film that never should've worked? I wish this film success because the potential for sequels is high. Maybe one day Debbie will be reunited with her brother, and we will get the biggest heist movie of all time.