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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…
Joe Carnahan's "Smokin' Aces" is a sleazy, convoluted trainwreck of blood and bullets. With Mr. Reynolds appearing every now and then to look just as confused as we are a good amount of the time. And Chris Pine playing a lost War Boy from "Mad Max: Fury Road", yet somehow more insane? I think? If that's possible.
It feels as if it's a weird experiment of what would happen if you made your entire movie the third act of a Hitman/Heist movie but forgot to add the heist. Lots of Hitman though! So there's that.
I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. Oh yeah, it's not for everyone and I'm probably insane for liking it…
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.
Death by sitting on chainsaw has to be one of the worst things ever
If you enjoyed Suicide Squad, you'll love this. It's like It's A Mad Mad Mad World but with more murder. An amazing cast, too, with Taraji P. Henson, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, and Joel Edgerton standing out.
I don't really know how to feel about this movie. I liked most of the gruesome action. It was hard to keep track of who was working with who for the first half of the film. Oh and I definitely didn't like that they showed a little boys boner. The set up and everything was not great, but the ending was executed pretty well. I liked the tremor brothers and I almost wished they were a bigger part in a the movie. This kinda felt like so many movies mashed into one and I'm not sure if it was in a good way or not. If there was better camera work and editing to make the great performances compliment each other, instead of clashing, it could be amazing. Smokin' Aces is a fun watch, even if it was a bit convoluted at times. I think another rewatch might up my rating a bit.
I watched this on Region B DVD.
This film in the year 2016 has an all star cast, yet back in 2006 it was made up of washed out actors and newcomers that weren't box office draw. It's so strange how 10 years can go past and the casting of a film can save its age really well.
This film is a lot of fun, it's full of action, has great comedic moments and it's very well acted throughout. It throws in a few little story twists here and there, which always makes for a great viewing if it's done correctly and here it is.
The cast is fantastic, I'm not the biggest fan of Ryan Reynolds but here I…
Stylish as hell and confusing as shit. I was lost in in it before opening intro. Who is who and wtf is goin' on ? Casting is great and look of the film is beautiful and in some parts where you can begin to understand what is this about comes the twist which is not great but the alone ending scene was great...
So many dead famous people!
I feel like this gets misremembered as a bad American Guy Ritchie knock off. When in actuality, it's a super fun American Guy Ritchie knock off.
Fun ensemble of crazy characters, which only goes south once it believes that it needs more than a basic plot to be successful.
The strength of this movie are the characters. Not because they are fleshed out and we care about them, but because they are cartoons. Who doesn't enjoy an anvil falling on someone's head? That's basically what you have here, a movie funded by the ACME corporation.
Most are playing to type, which is why it works. Affleck's a streets smart guy, Bateman's an asshole, Piven's an asshole, Pine's pure wacky, Reynold's your everyman, Common's a silent tough guy, Liotta's playing Liotta, and Garcia's playing that monotone middle ground he does so well. Throw in a couple of rejects from the Road Warrior, the Chameleon from the Spiderman comics, a one-eyed karate kid with a boner, and a fast talking Taraji P. Henson totting a huge gun to round out the cast.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…