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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…
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.
Guy Ritchie/Quentin Tarantino rip-off with 10/10 cast. Delivered some fun though.
Man, what the fuck happened to make this movie so mediocre? It's got an amazing cast, an interesting set-up, great ideas for action set-pieces and...it's basically just a boring garbage fart.
Like what the hell? How does such a great idea for a movie end up so goddamn middling?
Character actors, character acting it up. Everyone gets in on the act; Chris Pine is over the top and fantastic. Taraji P. Henson is violent and explicit (and weirdly second banana to Alicia Keys, a move that feels ridiculous in 2015); Joel Edgerton is a weird creep, before we knew about him; Common shows that steely cold that he is great at. Even big stars like Liotta, Garcia and Affleck are essentially doing character types (Career Fed, Career Fed Administrator, Grizzled old cop) that they will dip in and out of over their careers. It's fun, but maybe trying too hard to be fun and leads to a lot of exposition to resolve the plot instead of the story naturally unraveling itself.
"Am I really dying?"
"We are all dying."
Remember that last scene from True Romance that is so over the top and has a lot of people dying in it and everybody overreacting?
Imagine if they made that into a film.
It's Smokin' Aces.
Brilliant ensemble cast in outrageously entertaining comedy action bloodbath, almost like Snatch on speed. Lots of awesome cameos and viginettes, exquisitely drawn characters who never really get lost in the action, unbelievably. Close to perfect in creativity, but is never reaches Pulp Fiction/True Romance status in character empathy - almost every protagnist is a total scumbag except Reynolds. Shallow yet enormous fun.
Quite fun to watch but tough to follow, as the complex story doesn't really fit with the flashy visuals and big gun fights. That said, I figured out the twist quite early - it was pretty clearly telegraphed - and I knew what was going on most of the time, even though I didn't catch all of the dialogue. The very last scene was quite good but didn't fit within the context of the film - it was far too smart. The entire movie is shooting and swearing, and then there's a glimmer of character development set to some catchy music at the end. I liked it, but it felt off. Everything leading up to that was loads of big,…
Maybe the tenor of the 'let's kill Buddy Israel' stuff doesn't quite match up with the way the film touches on the preservation of integrity, the loss of friends, the sting of betrayal, and what it costs to serve the greater good but it's not just an empty and stupid film. People came to this thing to work and, well, it's not really anyone's fault if the two tones never quite manage to gel for most people.
However, if you want to dock points for the obnoxious ADD kid no one would blame you. Those moments are a travesty and if the film isn't working for you then that certainly represents a tipping point.
The film mostly worked for me,…
Una locura intensa de acción a cascoporro. Flojea la subtrama del tipo que sobrevive al ataque de los skinhead-nazis-kamikazes-asesinos-duros-de-pelar, pero guay. Ray Liotta haciendo de bueno es un hallazgo, también. Jeremy Piven haciendo de "estrella del rock acabada" es oro, en serio.
A grisly hodgepodge of absurd tedium
Just pure fun. I know back when it was released most of the cast wasn't as well-known as they are now, so there's an extra layer of awesomeness to watching it almost a decade later.
Best scene: Common and Jeremy Piven's heart to heart in the bathroom. I'm not kidding.
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