The guys are back, the women are out, and Andy Garcia is recruited. No idea why they got rid of the women, egos perhaps? Ellen Barkin provides the only female performance this time and boy has she aged badly. There's a scene where she's overpowered by a Pheromone on Matt Damon's neck and the come on she provides is cringeworthingly bad, nothing like her performance in Big Easy.
This time they decide to take down Al Pacino after he gives old timer Elliot Gould a heart attack. No real heist this time around, they just want his new casino to lose a lot of cash and for him to get bad press on opening night. The plot is quite ridiculous, featuring one of the channel tunnel drills (I kid you not) to simulate an earthquake.
With such a large cast no-one really runs away with the film. There's some good dialogue between Clooney and Pitt, with some funny references to real life at the end. However there was some jargon used; it took us 10 minutes to figure out what they meant by "whales" (big fish = big casino spenders if you didn't get it). There was also some issue with just not being able to understand what was being said anyway, and the cinema could hardly be blamed. We were watching the film on THX in one of the best cinemas in the country.
It's much better than the mess that was Oceans 12, but still not as good as 11.