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Ocean's Eleven is a movie about Danny Ocean and his plan to rob three casinos at once, which is a risky proposition considering he just got out of jail. He plans to do this by robbing vault that all three casinos share. He figures that they will easily have money in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The trick is putting a crew together. He finds eleven of the best people for the job, hence the movie's name.
Early in the movie, it's established that casino robberies may be lucrative, but the three most successful attempts have ended up in pain, jail time, and/or death. You know this can mean one of two things: Glorious success or glorious failure. Either they get away with it in a grand fashion or they go down in a blaze of infamy. If you want to be surprised, stop reading here because I can't say much else without giving away too much detail.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you that while the plan was successful, wasn't exactly flawless. It seemed like Murphy's Law struck at crucial moments. Part of the plan was to short-circut the power, but the flaw that the crew was hoping to exploit failed on its own and the power company started fixing it before the heist was to go down. The team's electrical expert had an interesting, if not MacGuyverish solution. He explains that in a nuclear blast, part of the blast knocks out all electrical power, but since the blast kills everyone, it doesn't matter. He thinks he can simulate the crucial component and blow out all power in Las Vegas for about 30 seconds. Whether or not his explanation is true remains to be seen.
I actually have to wonder if anyone has successfully robbed a bank before. I'm not considering it as a retirement plan, nor do I advocate it, but the movie definitely gave the impression that while difficult, it is possible. After all, they do get away with it, but not after having to overcome several hurdles.
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