Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 (stylized onscreen as Ocean’s Eight) is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Milch. The film is both a continuation and a spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy and features an ensemble cast, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. The film follows a group of women led by Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plan a sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

A newly paroled Debbie Ocean, the younger sister of Danny Ocean, meets and convinces her former  partner-in-crime Lou to join her in a new heist to steal the Toussaint, a $150 million Cartier necklace, during the upcoming Met Gala and use movie star Daphne Kluger as a mule. They assemble their team: bankrupt fashion designer Rose Weil; jewelry maker Amita, eager to move out of her mother’s house; hacker Nine Ball; street hustler and pickpocket Constance; and profiteer Tammy, who fences stolen goods out of her suburban home. Daphne is manipulated into hiring Rose to design a dress for her. They digitally scan the necklace to manufacture a cubic zirconia duplicate. Tammy secures a job at Vogue and gains access to the gala, and Debbie leads Daphne to invite art dealer Claude Becker, whose betrayal sent Debbie to prison, as her date. Lou confronts Debbie for planning revenge against Becker, but Debbie reassures her this is not the case.

Rose finds out that only a special magnetic key that is carrier by the bodyguards from Cartier can un-release the Toussaint once it is clasped. She quickly videotapes it and Nine Ball enlists her younger sister Veronica’s help in defeating the mechanism. At the gala Daphne’s soup is spiked to make her vomit and while she is puking into the toilet Constance removes the necklace and sneaks it to Amita, who splits it into smaller pieces of jewelry. Daphne doesn’t notice until she comes out and the bodyguards see her neck bare. The Toussaint’s disappearance triggers the museum’s evacuation, but the search ends when Tammy “finds” the duplicate necklace. Constance slips the Toussaint pieces to the team to smuggle out; Debbie plants a piece on Becker. After the heist, Debbie and Lou reveal Daphne had been in on the plan. Later Cartier check and find it to be a fake and call in insurance investigator John Frazier.

Having seen her in a video at the gala, Frazier suspects Debbie knowing her and her brother’s reputation but he is forced to agree that she has a strong alibi. She tells Frazier she may know who stole the necklace. Daphne visits Becker and sends Frazier a picture of the jewel Debbie planted. To further frame Becker, Debbie hires actresses posing as elderly socialites to sell the Toussaint pieces and deposit the money in Becker’s name. Frazier takes Becker into custody. Lou and Debbie reveal to the others that the real target: she and “The Amazing” Yen replaced a Met display of royal jewels with replicas, escaping with gems even more valuable than the Toussaint. With a larger-than-expected share of the score, each member of the team goes her separate way: Amita travels to Paris with a man she meets on Tinder; Weil pays off her debts and opens her own store; Constance buys a spacious loft in the city and becomes a YouTuber; Tammy expands her business in stolen goods; Nine Ball opens a pool bar; Daphne becomes a film director; Lou goes on a cross-country road trip; and Debbie visits Danny’s grave with a martini in his honor.

Not as good or exciting as the trilogy and not smooth enough to be very classy or memorable. Which is a shame because with a few more tweaks this would have been a really awesome film given the caliber of the cast. I think they should have upped the stakes a lot more. I give it a 7 outta 10!

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