A comprehensive, alphabetical list of films released in the United States that have been condemned by the Catholic Church since…
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.
Incredibly baffling that a movie like this can exist. My only reason for not thrusting this into one-star oblivion is Jason Bateman, in a juicy role where he's not hapless or a complete doofus.
What a mess. It was pretty fun, but still. I have the overbearing feeling that Carnahan and Co. weren't super sure about what they were trying to do with Smokin Aces. The tone is pretty much all over the place.
How many people made cameos in this flick?! There was an absolutely ridiculous amount of talent being thrown at the screen, and a lot of it was surprisingly short lived.
Speaking of short lived, for a movie about a bunch of vicious assassins trying to kill Jeremy Piven (a very, very enticing premise) there was very little "action". It was nearly 75 minutes of build up and not so tidy exposition that culminated in a 10 minute, all out melee.…
I realized I have a guilty pleasure for faux artsy action films. Those should be popcorn flicks that create a convoluted plot so they appear highbrow, utilizing a saturated color palette, gritty aesthetic and pack it with talented actors that it commands your respect. They’re full length music videos with more guns. This sub genre could be attributed to Guy Ritchie who skyrocketed his career with ensemble gangster pictures that introduced lots of characters all trying to kill each other. These films permeated the 2000’s which I would retroactively fall in love with Tony Scott’s bounty hunter beauty Domino, Joe Carnahan’s shoot’em up extravaganza Smokin’ Aces and Ritchie’s final gangster entry RocknRolla. All these movies teeter a line of self…
Un film qui nous bourre d'informations dialoguées au départ pour ensuite présenter une finale de film d'action qui prend le film complet, ça donne un résultat particulier.
Carnahan présentant souvent un climat hyper viril, on ne se trompe pas ici et je gardais un souvenir du niveau de folie extrême que le film explore dans sa dernière partie. C'est encore là (on y va même à coups de chainsaw dans un chaos complet), mais plusieurs trucs m'ont agacé cette fois et l'élément de surprise n'étant plus là, ce n'est pas aussi engouffrant.
Cela dit, ça reste un divertissement à la testostérone élevée où un cast invraisemblable très divers (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Peter Berg, Alex Rocco, Chris Pine, Jeremy Piven, Joel Edgerton, Andy Garcia, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Bateman, etc.) s'y amuse et peut se faire descendre à tout moment.
A nonsensical, convoluted mess, but an entertaining one
This movie is more of a crime thriller than anything. It has some funny moments or situations and some decent action scenes, but this movie is really all about the story of the FBI agents. The FBI is trying to bust this mob boss while an underling of his is trying to go into protective custody to provide evidence against him to put him away. While this is about to go down, the mob puts a hit out on the informant/underling that causes quite a few hitmen to come out of the woodwork to try and kill him. Most of the comedic moments come from a few of these groups of hitmen, which actually has quite the list of actors,…
Film che parte da un'ottima idea (due agenti dell'FBI devono prelevare un illusionista affiliato alla mafia disposto a collaborare ma arrivano i killer più letali del mondo, compresi tre fratelli nazisti, pagati per toglierlo di mezzo), gioca la carta del noir violentissimo che vorrebbe essere tarantiniano ma è indeciso se essere action, dramma o commedia. Grande cast ma troppi personaggi grotteschi, penosa la pista politica finale.
Some things to like with some amazing set piece sequences and quite an ensemble cast (many on the brink of stardom), but a really heavy handed conclusion and some uneven storytelling sink this effort at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.
Chris Pine is quite the character as lead of the Tremor brothers- definitely worth checking out.
An incomplete list of films ZMF has decreed "NOT OPTIONAL." If I missed anything, lemme know.