Complimentary tickets at AMC Burbank from our friends over at Warner Bros Entertainment gave us a chance to see the flick before it opens nationwide on Friday June 8th (the 11th year anniversary of the release of Ocean’s Thirteen). It was well worth the freeway traffic at 6:30pm on a Wednesday evening. The film follows after the Ocean’s franchise, keeping in the theme of a major heist, the opening scene finds Debbie Ocean being released from jail. The ex-con is a con artist at heart. After all, it is the family business. Bullock portrays the estranged sister of her now deceased brother, Danny Ocean. In some reflective moments, you see Debbie visiting his burial grounds sadden by his absence. Debbie is also stuck on seeking revenge against the man she once loved who then ratted her out to the feds. She thinks she can keep the Ocean name afloat by robbing the exclusive Cartier diamond valued at 150 million dollars. She plans a 7 person heist with a reward cut of 16 million. She didn’t have any issues recruiting.
She first goes to her number one, her right-hand woman, the fashion-forward Lou played by Cate Blanchett. At first, Lou is happy to see her friend in person out of trouble and as she proclaims not dead. She knows that Debbie is holding something back and not being totally transparent when explaining the plan. It took Ocean over 5 years to compose, her entire jail sentence, and she assures her confidant that they will be successful at pulling it off. The pair proceeds to find their band of bandits. Awkawfina plays Constance the sticky finger Queen’s native skateboarding loudmouth who can swipe your watch from your hand whilst ordering a turkey and swiss sandwich at Subways. Hold the mayo. Though she provides the comedic relief throughout the film, Constance plays an essential role in the heist. She transcends the beanie-wearing hipster New Yorker type. In a scene, she requests a metro card from Debbie, though pending a 16 million account deposit. Swag.
Next on their checklist is a hacker. Someone to watch the watchers. The target location is the Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday in May. It is one of the most secure buildings in the World. The diamond, however, is housed in a Cartier vault that is 50 feet below surface level. Enters, Leslie aka Nine Ball, the rasta rocking ganja smoking hacker extraordinaire played by megastar Rihanna. She fits comfortably into the role as she plays a millennial who is so smart she could care less about her outward appearance or how it makes everyone around her uncomfortable. Deb is reluctant at first because, for one rule of thumb, she doesn’t work with street names in her crew. But when Nine Ball shows her the map she hacked of her “online footprint” and shuts off the lights and power literally with a click of her mouse she reconsiders her as a much-needed addition to the group.
Now, how are they exactly getting into the Gala, one of the most exclusive invites to get in modern day history? Helena Bonham Carter plays Fashion designer Rose whose last chance at life is to be seen dressing, well Anna Wintour herself to be honest but she settles for Daphane Kluger played by Anne Hathaway. She is anxious and in desperate need of an ego boost. She only owes the Internal Revenue Service about five million so is over herself with the offer. She gets pulled in by Lou and Deb to visit Cartier with Amina, a jeweler, played by Mindy Kaling.
Amina works in a shop with her parents and well, she needs the money. She is also a super quick worker. She manages to break down the necklace into smaller pieces while dressed as a dishwasher, fitted as different accessories for each theif to leave the Gala unnoticed. She is the definition of badass. Everyone good crime needs their eagle eye. Sarah Paulson plays Tammy, the ex-mover turned to stay at home mom, whose job is to make sure the plan goes down unhinged by applying for a job, you guessed it, at the Met Gala. There’s a scene you see her yelling at a waitstaff for stalling on some dirty dishes because he opted to smoke a joint. What did she really need? Well, not the dishes but the… well you can see for yourself.
You can also play whose who during this film as the cameos are almost too much to take in. See if you can spot Desiigner.
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Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter team up in the action adventure “Ocean’s 8.” Five years, eight months, 12 days…and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose (Bonham Carter). The target is a cool $150 million dollars in diamonds—diamonds that will be around the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, the Met Gala. The plan is rock solid, but everything will need to be flawless if the team is going to get in and get away with the ice. All in plain sight.