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.
The premise is actually enjoyable, with some wonderful over the top performances.
I really didn't care for the energy drink aesthetic though....
I have read several reviews arguing that there is a certain parallelism between Tarantino's mythical "Pulp Fiction" and Mr. Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, claiming that it is a cheap reproduction of Tarantino's film, I certainly disagree with the above statement and I think the film has a very personal style. Even from the very beginning, this film has the capability of being different from other similar action films. I love how Joe Carnahan embodies the trend of movies today: a lot of action and no time to think about what is happening on the screen. From the beginning, we are bombarded by a quick succession of characters not seemingly related but in the end linked by a common goal. We may…
A movie that certainly has its share of flaws, but what it lacks in execution it more than makes up for in over-the-top, bordering-on-ridiculous action. Yes, the plot is silly and the character development is nil, and while that would normally bother the crap out of me, there's just something so immensely watchable about this movie. It never gets old for me, and I've seen it dozens of times. The DVD also has some of the best special features of any DVD ever.
Don't bother with the sequel, though. Yech.
The trailer for this was awesome... so awesome that the actual film came off as an anti climax.
Okay this movie is just a tons of fun. Basically every psycho hit man at a hotel trying to kill Piven. Several stars have seen career hikes since this came out, namely Joel Edgerton and Chris Pine...who is flat out fantastic! It can get very violent at times. While Matthew Fox is hilarious in his bit, he is one of four LOST alum in this thing!
Silly colour filters ahoy. Very chaotic. Some style, some action. The three crazed redneck nazi brothers are pretty amusing. The ending is completely idiotic. Watchable if you've got nothing better.
Just another Tarantino knock-off minus the clever characters and humor.
Very good for when you want a bunch of actors to look up on IMDb and see what else they've been in.
Storytelling, and plot? There's a plot twist at the end, or something. Will that do?
Tries a little too hard.
A lot a characters are quirky just for the sake of being quirky and become eye-rollingly obnoxious. The ones that don't dip into that area are little one-dimensional, but succeed in being entertaining.
The film is very proud of its style and to its credit has the right to be. It has one of the best looking color filters ever used and is edited very well. One action scene shines in particular involving gun battles on 3 different floors of the building as well as a sniper firing from across the street. This scene had the potential to be a complete mess but is pulled off very nicely.
Unfortunately, scenes like these also point out…
Way more fun than it has any right to be. It's a far cry from Carnahan's most recent work (The Grey) and tries way too hard to be cool, but as a slick watch on TV, one could do worse.
I was always shocked by how much I enjoyed this movie, considering the poor reputation it tends to have. It certainly has its share of problems, most of them relating to the giant cast. There's really too many characters in this, and most of them don't get the time they need to develop in an interesting way. Nestor Carbonell's killer was a particular character I would have enjoyed seeing more from. What made the film work for me is the pace. It starts off fast and never really lets up, and that frantic pace keeps it exciting throughout. It's a pretty damn fun way to spend an hour and a half.
If nothing else, that scene with Chris Pine and Ben Affleck is really great.
I am surprised that this film got such a low score ... second thought I might be nieve. I really enjoy this movie, and stop comparing this to Tarantino films. If you want to compare his movies, watch old kung-fu movies. I would say 99% of his style comes from the old kung-fu movies. Enough of this rant, and that is a different debate.
I liked how it brought all the characters to one goal which led to a in your face rapid action no time to breathe final showdown. I was also surprised at the end, I did not expect the mob boss to be who he was. Amongst other things including the kid in a karate gee named…
No início é meio confuso mas dos 30 minutos pra frente a gente se anima. Gostei muito e recomendo!
This movie is cheesy and not really good, but if you like an entertaining movie about a bunch of assassins, definitely watch it.
Fuck you, I'm drunk
Also...this is a decent mocie?
It's not terribble....