Genre and Narrative in Oceans 11 and The Bone Collector

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Genre and Narrative in Oceans 11 and The Bone Collector

The Purpose of this essay is to compare how genre and narrative are

established. In order to examine how genre and narrative are

established in two crime films, we conducted a close textual analysis

of Oceans 11 and the bone collector. The main convention in this genre

is crime films, law enforces, criminals, action sequence and fast

cars. There have been many notable crime films such as cat women (2004

Collateral (2004) Cellular (2004) and Shaft (2000). I will be moving

on to consider why the crime genre has enjoyed lasting mainstream


Crime is a mainstream genre it is a mainstream genre because there are

sub genres that come under it such as Law and Order, Police films and

detective films. Crime has an Mainstream appeal to mainstream and

independent producers because the films are not just for people that

like only crime but for people that like only one sub genre in crime

such as heist, juvenile delinquent, gangsters and detective.

The first film I am analysing is Oceans Eleven, it was released was in

the year 2001, the genres in this film was Comedy/ Thriller/ Crime,

there were many other films released at the same time as Ocean’s

Eleven one of them was Jeepers Creepers. The director for Oceans

Eleven was Stephen Soferbergh and the studio was Warner Home Video.

The main stars in this film is George Clooney and Brad Pitt, these

stars are going with typecasting both stars have appeared as criminals

in many films George clooney starred in Out of sight (1998) also Brad

Pitt has done similar roles of being a criminal such as Snatch (2000).

This film is known as a Hi...

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the heist sub genre because the two films are all about a complication

or disturbance, Major theft or a group of criminals.

Both films have high production values. This is shown by the

characters used are big main stars the studios that have produced the

two films are big, the two films studios are Warner home videos and

universal studio who are big in the movie industry. There are

expensive sets and expensive gadgets.

Oceans Eleven is the more successive in introducing genre and

narrative, we know this because at the start of the film is a

signifier by it being in a prison.

I personally enjoyed The Bone collector because it had a appeal for me

even though I am in to the mainstream appeal, but the way the film

started of made me like the bone collector but Oceans eleven took long

to start.

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