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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.
It's trash, but it's at least fun trash.
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Aesthetically speaking, you'd be hard pressed to find a more interesting director than Joe Carnahan. The man is damn good at providing a wild and messy feast for the eyes. The plot that might take a few viewings to actually wrap your head around (at least for me it did), is quite exciting and fresh. Each member of the insanely stacked cast (every single role is a somebody) is given a memorable role and they make it count. In all of his movies Carnahan somehow manages to plant a little emotion that pays off. Even the score is incredible. And what a damn ending.
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"Fate just up and f*cks you for no good reason. It's the way of the world!"
AKA "Sh*t Happens: The Movie". AKA "Carnahan's Smokin' Somethin' Alright".
This film is inconsistent, trying to be several pockets of films at the same time. When done well like Tarantino, it can produce a fun romp of an adventure that might even turn into a rhythmic symphony; when done poorly like Carnahan, it pulls pack the impact of whatever entertainment you're trying to sell. It tries to be crass, it tries to be over-the-top, then it tries to be convoluted. Pick one style and stick with it, man! I liked the little moments of crassness and hyperbole, but when they're presented in appetizer-sized instances,…
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Bloated beyond belief and a chore to watch. Somehow features:
Ben Affleck as a bondsman for like, 5 minutes
Joel Edgerton is a russian bodyguard
Matthew Fox works in hotel security, see him for 5 seconds
Nestor Carbonell as a contract killer
Peter Berg dies quickly
A young Chris Pine is an assassin
Alicia Keys wtf
Jason Bateman looks sick
Taraji P. Henson as Taraji P. Henson
it never ends
This movie will rock you !! ) nothing but action..Totally ridiculous "violent" fun! grin emoticon Sure it's a total Tarantino & Guy Ritchie knock-off, but I enjoyed it.. )
Holds up, haven't seen this little ensemble for awhile.
I really wished this movie was better. The opening set this film up to being a fun action film that doesn't take itself too seriously, but then it tried being all serious and created some silly 'twist' that kinda just wrecked it all.
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.…
An incomplete list of films ZMF has decreed "NOT OPTIONAL." If I missed anything, lemme know.