ocean's twelve defense 1

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Ocean’s Twelve is a brilliant chapter in what may be the best trilogy mainstream Hollywood has ever produced.)

If sequels are hard to pull off, then trilogies are the hardest of all. Hollywood is overstuffed with franchises, but few of those series are straight-up trilogies, and even fewer of those are good from start to finish. Even the existing trilogies that might be enjoyable have built-in caveats. Like most people, I love the original Star Wars trilogy, but it’s not a closed-off trilogy, telling three stories as opposed to being three stories in a larger, more massive series of films. The original trilogy is great, but it’s not, in its own way, standalone. Even great mainstream trilogies like the Toy Story films aren’t going to be trilogies for much longer, as the fourth Toy Story is on the way in 2019.

This week, as we prepare for the release of Logan Lucky, a new heist film from iconoclastic director Steven Soderbergh, it’s time to acknowledge perhaps the best mainstream trilogy of all: the Ocean’s trilogy.

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Bruce Willis in Ocean’s Thirteen

Bruce Willis

Looks like Bruce Willis will return to the series with yet another cameo.

“Bruce Willis is in this one too,” Bernie Mac revealed to MTV.

In Ocean’s Twelve, Willis made a cameo appearance as himself. It has not been revealed if he will be playing himself again, or a new character. I would assume that he will be back in the same role as a reoccurring joke.

Willis has been making a lot of cameos as of late. Most recently he was featured in The Astronaut Farmer in a multi-scene uncredited role. Willis will also make an uncredited appearance as Lt. Muldoon on the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse.

Ocean’s Thirteen
hits theaters on June 8th 2007.