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November 13, 2018

I love Sandra Bullock. The very first time I saw her in a movie, I knew I liked her.

She was always some powerful, independent character I would idolize. Although I am definitely not someone who could name five actors or actresses off the top of my head, I can distinguish Bullock’s acting from any other.

My admiration of Bullock is what piqued my interest when I saw the trailer for Ocean’s 8. After seeing her cast as yet another powerful character, I knew I had to see the movie.

Let me start off by saying that as I cozied up into my couch, the last thing I was expecting was for an almost two-hour movie revolved around one thing, specifically the process of stealing a necklace, to keep me entertained the entire time. Yet, that is exactly what Ocean’s 8 did.

The movie begins with a scene of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) rambling off her sob story in order to be released from prison. As the voice of her story plays over, the scene switches to her being released. She carries over a quick conversation with a prison guard, and it is already obvious that she has something mischievous planned. Throughout the next few scenes, Ocean begins to assemble her team, or stated more aptly, expert partners in crime: Lou (Cate Blanchett), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Constance (Awkwafina), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), and Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). A criminal team of eight, hence the name of the film. Each member, although some at first unaware, has her own key role in the master plan: stealing a $150-million necklace. The goal is to snatch the necklace from the neck of Daphne Kluger at the Met Gala. The following scenes are filled with all the preparations each member must make, and, let me tell you, it takes some serious brain power to even think of such an elaborate plan.

The movie shows each key detail of the crime and makes it almost admirable, considering the amount of precision each step required. As one component comes to a close, the movie is already running straight to the next scene. As the events at the Met Gala began wrapping up, I was sure the movie was coming to its end. Yet, I was just pulled right back into the film when another plot twist was thrown in. Throughout the film, the story just continued to grow.

This jam-packed movie could be categorized under endless genres: action, comedy, thriller, crime, mystery, etc. My interest was kept at its peak for every minute of the one hour and 51 minutes the movie rolled on. The plot was solely based on one thing but somehow managed to pick up many other details along the way. It told a very creative story that I would have never thought could create such an interesting movie.

One of the key factors that made Ocean’s 8 a good movie was casting and the characters’ ability to make the scenes seem so real. As I said before, I love Sandra Bullock. She was cast as the main character, Debbie Ocean, in which she is an expert criminal with a powerful attitude. Bullock always has that strong, intense atmosphere around her when she acts, and that was exactly the aura that Debbie Ocean carried. When the scenes began, Sandra Bullock was no longer Sandra Bullock; she was Debbie Ocean. Furthermore, the other members of the team were cast perfectly according to their personalities. Awkwafina did an excellent job at carrying the funny, yet devious, character of Constance; Helena Bonham Carter was spot on when playing the frantic, stress ball designer Rose, and Rihanna maintained the mysterious personality of Nine Ball throughout the movie. The cast members did a great job at becoming the character they were cast as.

Although not carrying the best message, considering it’s forming a perfect plan to carry out a crime, the movie still carried value. I can’t even imagine the amount of time the directors and producers must’ve put into thinking of this plot and bringing it to life. Every scene in the movie is so elaborate and creative. The plot brings crime movies to a whole new level. Each minute was full of something that kept me absorbed in it. The actors cast were perfect fits for the characters, and honestly, the movie was just put together in an excellent way.

If you like a movie that will tell you a story you definitely have not heard before and a movie that will keep you wondering what’s going to happen next, this one will do the trick.

Even if you don’t love Sandra Bullock as much as I do, you might just start loving her a little bit after watching Ocean’s 8.

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Jordan Helmbrecht, Staff Writer

Jordan Helmbrecht is a junior and is entering her first year on staff for The Central Trend. She plays soccer for Midwest United FC and FHC.  Although...

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