Hundreds of movies have been set in Las Vegas over the years, many of which have reached iconic status. Since the turn of the century, we have seen over 50 different movies released that have been set in Las Vegas and below you will find the top 3 moves from the 2000s set in the gaming mecca.
We begin in 2001 and one of the most popular movies ever to be set in Las Vegas is Ocean’s Eleven. The heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Ted Griffin is based on the 1960 movie of the same name starring the Rat Pack. Ocean’s Eleven is the first movie in the modern franchise and includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood, with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts among the cast.
The group, led by Danny Ocean, plan a heist of $160 million from a casino owner, who just happens to be the lover ofOcean’s ex-wife, Tess. The plan is to rob the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos simultaneously and the group aim to do it on the night of a big boxing match, knowing the Bellagio vault will be full of money. Ocean’s Eleven is a hugely entertaining movie and was a big success at the box office, being the fifth highest-grossing film of 2001.
The thought of carrying out your own heist is a little far fetched but having watched the movie, you will feel like getting in on the action. Why not try playing the slots or table games at a NZ online casino? There are several themes to the games, including heist style slot games to enjoy.
Moving on and we come to the next movie in our review of the top 3 movies from the 2000s set in Las Vegas. The Hangover was released in 2009 and follows a bachelor party that goes wrong. This movie was the first instalment in The Hangover trilogy and follows a group of lads who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Doug Billings. However, things do not go according to plan and the group wake up to find Doug is missing, with no memory of what happened the previous night. Filming for the movie took 15 days in Nevada and The Hangover became the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2009. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for that year.
Another of the top movies from the 2000s set in Las Vegas is Behind the Candelabra. Following a long delay, this Las Vegas based movie was released in 2013 and is a biographical drama film following the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace. It focuses on the relationship between Liberace and Scott Thorson. Several of the scenes were filmed in Las Vegas, including Liberace’s West Hollywood penthouse that had since been converted into an office space. The occupants agreed to move out of the office during filming and the room was restored to Liberace’s original design. The performances of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were highly praised and the movie was the final onscreen acting role for Debbie Reynolds, who died three years after it was released.