Oceans 8 opened this week and for me it’s the perfect film to inspire a new bout of girl power in the world. Having watched the previous Oceans Heist films I always thought the female characters had been lacking but not in this film. We have the spice girls of the heist world; Oceans 8 bring together a female strategist, a female designer, a female hacker, a female who works in logistics. It basically SHOUTS men of the world whatever you can do you better believe we can do it too. These characters are all skilled, intelligent persons rocking this film with female empowerment and giving each other a leg up. I ask myself why an action film like this hasn’t been made before. And I even dare to ask if they make an Oceans 9 can it have a female director please.
The basic premise: Debbie Ocean ( Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life whilst locked up in prison for all of 5 years, 8 months and 12 days but who’s been counting. She knows what it’s going to take to pull of the perfect heist and she feels she has to prove this to her dead brother (Harry Ocean from the previous films). She assembles a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweller Amita (Mindy Kaling), street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy (Sarah Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), and fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter). Their target a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million and will be the star attraction on the red carpet at the Met Ball. It’s the normal Oceans premise find a target and work out the most complicated but entertaining way to turn the tables so the bad guys end up looking like the good guys.
The film is clever with lots of twists and turns. It’s about friendship, trust and a bit of a revenge plot in there too. Add in cameos from Kim K, Gigi Hadid and a few other A-listers and it has you glued. Not enough suspense or action for me but entertaining and I hope this a start of a new series of Ocean films!
As an aside I should add I watched Oceans 8 in the new Ominplex cinema in Omagh. The new multiplex is modern, bright and a shining beacon for the film industry in Northern Ireland. It has screens which have the most high tech sound systems and floor to roof Maxx screens, which take a bit of getting used to but once you have seen a film this way you won’t want to go back. Having worked in the film industry for eight years it’s heart-warming to see the Omniplex Company investing in the entertainment industry like this and especially at home in the North-west. I’ll be back to the cinema soon as I feel it’s the perfect Saturday night treat. Mamma-Mia two anyone??
Emer D xx
Thank you to Omniplex Omagh for having me to watch the film and their fantastic hospitality on Thursday night. If you want to find out more about Omniplex Omagh or book in and watch the film go to https://www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/omagh.