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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…
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.
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…
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....
One of the things I've always loved about LB is the way a review from a friend can remind you of an old or forgotten film that desperately requires a rewatch. Arielrocks reviewed this a couple of weeks ago and reminded me what relentless fun this film actually was. It isn't There Will Be Blood or an Oscar Nominated think-piece, it is what it is, an action film with balls.
This doesn't quite have the distinctive dialogue that Quentin Tarantino can write in his sleep, but on the colourful characters and action front, this gives our Quent a run for his money. A ludicrous storyline featuring mobsters, assassins, hookers, Nazis, rednecks, the FBI, and all focused around a Las Vegas…
this one i liked the 2nd movie not
verwarrend tot laatste action-packed half uur
80 / 100
I loved this movie back when it came out, and to this day it still makes my heart pound. Kevin Durand, although a minor character in this film, makes my heart stutter. I could watch him in anything. Anyways, yeah, love this one.
This was like Rat Race, but with assassins and death
Don't worry, I forgive you Darwin.
Pretty fun shoot 'em up. Nothing special. Definitely great ensemble cast so you'll never be bored. Chris Pine stole the show in my opinion.
its like oceans eleven with guns
For all of its ridiculousness, I can't
say I don't have a lot of fun watching this.
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