Five years, eight months, twelve days and counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take: a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweller Amita, street con Constance, suburban mum Tammy, hacker Nine Ball and fashion designer Rose. Their target is a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million. Unfortunately, the pendant has the highest security possible and will be around the neck of diva actress Daphne Kluger for the entire time. The characters are so slick and fun to be around that you easily forget that they are essentially the bad guys of the fi lm. There are other characters depicted as being deserving of being robbed, but ultimately Ocean’s 8 manages to seduce the audience into willing the band of thieves to succeed and get away with their crime. The clip that this session focuses on sees Debbie approach Tammy, who has seemingly left her criminal past behind her and is now a mother. Debbie tries to convince Tammy to join her group to “pull off one of the biggest jewellery heists in history”. After initially seeming reluctant to accept, Tammy agrees when she discovers just how much money she could get from taking part.
After showing the clip break into smaller groups to discuss the following questions before returning to a larger group to get some feedback and ideas from your young people. Encourage them to ask each other further questions or to develop any points raised.
- What do you think is the motivation of different characters to pull off the heist?
- Is there a difference between breaking the law and committing a sin?
- Is it wrong to want a group of criminals to succeed in their heist?
- Is it morally acceptable to break the law to get some money that could be used to benefit a lot of people and bring happiness?
Once you’ve had your first set of discussions, read together Romans 13 (if you are tight for time just focus on verses 1 to 7). Once you have done that break off into small groups to discuss the following questions. You may want to have a whole group feedback session afterwards to share ideas.
- What do you think this passage is saying in relation to obeying the laws of the government?
- Does this mean that a Christian should never disobey the government laws? Does this mean that Christians should not protest?
- Can a bad action lead to a good outcome?
- Does this passage apply today, or was it meant to only be followed 2,000 years ago?