I'm not a fan of the term "Guilty Pleasure" so I decided to make my list called the "Fuck you,…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only got 45 minutes in. Couldn't stand any more. This film just made the Boxing Day Blues that much worse. Honestly, this is total and utter dog shite.
Yeah, alright, I only got 45 minutes in and then turned it off. I think that says more about the film than me.
Rotten Tomatoes states that this film tries (and fails) to emulate Quentin Tarantino, but clearly that is incorrect. This is a complete rip off of Guy Ritchie, and presents itself as basically the American Snatch, but it so doesn't have the right to put itself along with films like that it's almost insulting.
The 45 minutes I watched alternated between two things. Unfunny, boring, 'character driven' dialogue, and exposition. Mostly the second one. It was so full of nothing but half-baked exposition I was actually wondering when they were going to get to the fucking story and stop setting up the story.
So yeah, this film defeated me. I prefer to think of it as a tactical retreat.
A pretty huge mess of a movie that tries a bit too hard to be more of a drama than an action film.
Stylish and violent in all the right ways though thoroughly lacking in a riveting story, this ensemble cast of eccentric assassins walks a thin line between fun and stupid but stays on the right side just long enough.
Fun character and story development.
i think i'll never get tired of this. this is pure entertainment, fun and crazy action.
A film that's great the first time around as you are dazzled with zany character introductions and personalities, but on repeat viewings you can feel bored.
My original theater viewing was a huge disappointment because I had been expecting something along the lines of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and it is obviously nothing like that.
This was my first non-theater experience and I had mellowed and was able to have a lot more fun. Ryan Reynolds feels like a weaker link than I remember and the whole central plot is more than a bit overblown after having been played for a lot of fun, but it was a good time..
Smokin' Aces in an average film with a really great final 15 seconds. That's pretty much it. Could've been better.
So much more than a funny action flick
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