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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.
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.
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.
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.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and Blu-Ray, to be completely honest I couldn't stand this film, there are too many better films that are similar to this film and done much more better. The storyline is of adequate quality, in fact I lost interest in this film around about the 45 minute mark the film has a very much feel of it keeps going and going and going, if that makes sense? Unfortunately it has a flavour of disjointedness as well, for an example one minute as the viewer we could be observing one part of the film and then quickly switch to a different bit of the film, then another part, then back to the…
There is an attempt here at making another Pulp Fiction or Snatch within the two hour running time, and with Carnahan's own style, it could have been a memorable, though brutal experience. What lets this piece down in a big way is the absence of any character to get behind. There's just no one to really like. The finale leads one to believe Ryan Reynolds is the man to get behind. But the violin plays behind several other characters/killers we are supposed to care about ... but since there is no reason to care, there is little investment in the films overly-convoluted story. Now, I don't mind overly-convoluted, but when there's a serious lack of humour, hundreds of missed opportunities to make the action/face-offs more inventive and half-constructed characters, it makes for a very testing two hours.
However, this may be worth watching just for Jason Bateman’s two scenes.
People didn't like this movie...
People be crazy. This flick is exhilarating fun and packs a plethora of impressive performances.
My kind of FUNNNNN
Schöner verrückter Film. Der Story kann man gut folgen und es gibt einige lustige Charaktere darin. Filmerisch auch schön gemacht.
Geht gut runter, der Film. :)
A glorious clusterfuck of a film.
Ryan Reynolds is an emotional FBI agent. Ray Liotta is badass. Jeremy Piven is a magician that wants to be certified gangster. Common can actually act. Joel Edgerton is here for some reason too, playing a dual role as a criminal and then a disembodied head. Andy Garcia might be going for an accent in this film, not really sure. Ben Affleck kills it in his small role. The Tremor Brothers are neo-Nazi fucks with big-ass chainsaws. Jason Bateman wears a bra, and might have Herpes. Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson are two badass gun-wielding broads. Richard Alpert from LOST disguises himself as Jack from LOST. Chris Pine is fucking gold in this…
Am such a fan of other Carnahan films like Narc and The Grey. This film lacks the soul of those titles.
Still, we get to see fresh characters and somehow, despite the sheer number of them, each is original.
Lots of actors playing against type. Fun performances by Jason Bateman, Matthew Fox, and many others.
Painstaking work has gone into devising all of the situations, especially, the ways in which characters die. In that, too, I recognize the intelligence of Carnahan, the filmmaker.
At the end of the day, the clusterfuck that it turns into by the end - FBI, assassins, mafia, etc. is just too much for me. The Ryan Reynolds scene at the end was just plain lame.
A lot of fun to watch once. I doubt I will give it repeat views.
Perhaps it's the ambition. Perhaps it's the underlying pulp.. Perhaps it's the cast seemingly enjoying playing roles they haven't had the chance to before, and likely never will again. Something in the way this film comes together makes it feel unapologetic and a hell of a ride. Comedy, action, and even some rather heartfelt and honest feeling moments run into each other in a fantastic way. Vastly underrated, unflinchingly fun. Definitely worth a watch or two.
- Stray Dog
- Synecdoche, New York
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
- Judge Dredd
- Mars Attacks!
- Bad Boys II
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- Big Trouble in Little China
- Only God Forgives
- The Princess Bride
- The Big Lebowski
- Streets of Fire
Every so often, we come across a film that does not comfortably sit in one genre. The film might have…