These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…
Nobody gets away clean.
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
Smokin' Aces is mindless, and not quite the fun type. It's over-the-top, yet not necessarily enjoyable. The film had an advantage from the start. The premise is interesting (bunch of hitmen going for the same target) and the character introduction is pretty impressive. The setting was established within 10 minutes, no nonsense, let's rock and roll. It looked promising. But that was before Joe Carnahan threw everything out the window.
There's some really sloppy camera work and editing, no one knew what they were doing. Seems as if Carnahan tried to pull off a Guy Ritchie but ended up making a mountain dew commercial. But I'm only talking about the second half here, the first half felt like an entirely…
Joe Carnahan's "Smokin' Aces" is a sleazy, convoluted trainwreck of blood and bullets. With Mr. Reynolds appearing every now and then to look just as confused as we are a good amount of the time. And Chris Pine playing a lost War Boy from "Mad Max: Fury Road", yet somehow more insane? I think? If that's possible.
It feels as if it's a weird experiment of what would happen if you made your entire movie the third act of a Hitman/Heist movie but forgot to add the heist. Lots of Hitman though! So there's that.
I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. Oh yeah, it's not for everyone and I'm probably insane for liking it…
It's a bit convoluted, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. Like a weird mixture of Snatch and Natural Born Killers. I liked it a lot.
But, in case you wanted to know why I really liked it, I'll say this. Chris Pine plays a psychopathic redneck murderer, Common actually acts in this movie, and you get to see Jason Bateman wearing a bra. Yeah.
For something random and completely entertaining to watch at 2:00 in the morning, this was exactly what I needed. It's a mindless fun time, with cool performances and crazy action. It never feels like it's actual running time and it's definitely good enough that I'll come back to it in the future for all the same reasons.
Also, it was cool to see actors who are bigger now but I had no idea who they were when I first saw this, such as Chris Pine and Joel Edgerton.
The premise is actually enjoyable, with some wonderful over the top performances.
I really didn't care for the energy drink aesthetic though....
Smokin' Aces is a film that manages to cram every bit of exposition into the span of about 5 minutes and then goes absolutely incomprehensibly bananas for the remaining 103 minutes.
I feel like this gets misremembered as a bad American Guy Ritchie knock off. When in actuality, it's a super fun American Guy Ritchie knock off.
Fun ensemble of crazy characters, which only goes south once it believes that it needs more than a basic plot to be successful.
The strength of this movie are the characters. Not because they are fleshed out and we care about them, but because they are cartoons. Who doesn't enjoy an anvil falling on someone's head? That's basically what you have here, a movie funded by the ACME corporation.
Most are playing to type, which is why it works. Affleck's a streets smart guy, Bateman's an asshole, Piven's an asshole, Pine's pure wacky, Reynold's your everyman, Common's a silent tough guy, Liotta's playing Liotta, and Garcia's playing that monotone middle ground he does so well. Throw in a couple of rejects from the Road Warrior, the Chameleon from the Spiderman comics, a one-eyed karate kid with a boner, and a fast talking Taraji P. Henson totting a huge gun to round out the cast.
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
A Tarantino wannabe thriller lacking his wit and plot consistency; overladen with characters and plot threads, indecisive in its tone and with a unexpected and unconvincing twist ending.
funny and a lot of blood but a weird ending.
I remember that I liked the movie when I first saw but now not so much on the re-watch.
Firstly, the gratuitous "cool" violence makes one queasy nowadays.
Secondly, the story felt like an anti "The Usual Suspects" where in this case the more is revealed about the twists the more ridiculous it became.
Thirdly, I hated basically every piece of music used...
This is way more dour than I would have expected from a movie that features chainsaw-weilding neo-Nazis in Mad Max cosplay.
"Don't make this face the last thing you ever see because heaven may hold it against you"
There's good shit action and bad shit action. Smokin Aces? Good shit action. Sneaky good cast in a multiple hired gun scenario with sick action and a loose as story involving La Cosa Nostra and the FBI? Fuck. Yeah.
I've probably seen this flick 10+ times and love it each time I watch it. There's plot holes galore but fuck it, I'm entertained. Sticking with the Waldo rating system, a bonus half star is added for the 50 cal.
Watched it only for the “Lost” reunification of Matthew Fox, Kevin Durand, and Nestor Carbonell.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…