Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
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.
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....
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.
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.
Created by people who watch Tarantino movies but somehow failed to realize there's more to it than posturing - funny wardrobe, hair styles, accents - and wonky chronology. Sub Guy Ritchie even. Piven's acting is pitiful but he shouldn't play pitiful.
It's no harm to re-watch some of my fun favorite movie like this one. And I just realize Chris Pine is one of The Tremors gang!
Troy Duffy's macho bullshit by way of Guy Ritchie's self-consciously overwrought stylistic tics. A fucking nightmare.
A pretentious and convoluted Guy Ritchie/Quentin Tarantino rip-off that completely lacks the wit and cleverness of the films it's blatantly trying to mimic.
My name is Vitoli. How may I be of assistance?
I had a lot of fun with this movie. Pretty ridiculous from start to finish.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The action and style is as expected and the extremely recognisable cast are fun but where Smokin' Aces genuinely surprises is in the intricate manner in which it sets up the pieces and in the entertaining way they all unravel.
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- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
- Judge Dredd
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- Bad Boys II
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