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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.
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 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
This movie was kinda of a mixed bag. It has a great premise that is bolstered by an amazing cast of diverse and interesting characters. There are stand out performances by Chris Pine as a psychotic neo-nazi redneck and Jeremy Piven as the coked out assassination target. However, I was a little disappointed that there weren't more action scenes. The climax was underwhelming and felt rushed. Also, the ending completely switches in tone and feels overly dramatic compared to the rest of the movie. Lastly, the movie tries to pull a twist ending that is blatantly obvious. It's a fun movie but it leaves a lot to be desired.
This was a great action comedy, full of some great actors. I was really surprised by Chris Pine in this one, he really is one amazing actor! The story was interesting and it's slightly hard to follow, but it's great when it all comes together at the end.
Smokin' Aces is fun and fast and star-studded. We get a gaggle character vignettes of hit(men and women), bail bonds(just men) and FBI agents(gender neutral) all setting up and going after a sleazed-out Jeremy Piven. There's much fun with ultra-violence and psychopaths going about their rituals. Whenever possible, the film-makers go for more, more, more. Can we get a kid boner in this scene? Hell yeah. What's the biggest gun we can get? The Nazi's don't have enough oomph, can we Mad Max them up a little- no, a lot? Yes. The answer is always yes.
The film does drag in setting up the central mystery. Mystery being a generous description, as it seems set up only to pull a…
An impressive cast, too bad for the weak script.
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