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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.
I was not expecting to like this film. On the surface, it looks like a Tarantino rip-off with young guys shooting each other in violently creative ways within a twisty, convoluted plot. Ok, that’s what “Smokin’ Aces” is but you know what? It’s actually good fun. You’ve got Ryan Reynolds (who was everywhere those days), Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Jeremy Piven, all clearly having fun. I like it when a movie surprises me and this one did.
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.
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
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