Smokin' Aces

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A violent mess of a movie, Smokin' Aces has some Quentin Tarantino's style but not much of his wit or humor.

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Sleazy entertainer Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) incurs the wrath of crime boss Primo Sparazza when he agrees to testify against the Las Vegas mob. Two FBI agents (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds) have the difficult task of protecting him from a motley assortment of bounty hunters, hit men and nefarious vixens who are converging on his Lake Tahoe encampment to rub him out and collect a hefty reward.

Cast & Crew

Ben Affleck
Jack Dupree
Andy Garcia
Stanley Locke
Alicia Keys
Georgia Sykes
Ray Liotta
Don Carruthers
Jeremy Piven
Buddy `Aces' Israel
Ryan Reynolds
Richard Messner
Peter Berg
"Pistol" Pete Deeks
Taraji P. Henson
Sharice Watters
Chris Pine
Darwin Tremor
Jason Bateman
Rupert "Rip" Reed
Tim Bevan
Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Mauro Fiore
Cinematographer
Robert Frazen
Film Editor
Clint Mansell
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  • Aug 25, 2019
    I don't think I can tell you that Smokin' Aces is good. But I have seen the movie on three seperate occasions in the past thirteen years, roughly evenly spread apart. And each time I have not only enjoyed it, I enjoyed it more than the last time. This movie is very dumb. But fast and fun and oh boy what a cast.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2016
    This movie tries to be more clever than it actually is with a plot that is hard to understand due to the fact that we are introduced to so many cast members in such a short time we have no clue what was going on and the twists through the film lose any shock value due to the fact that the whole story isn't explained well, There was some good violent action and some bits were clever, but apart from that we go away from this film feeling kind of numb and dissapointed.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2013
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  • Dec 04, 2012
    Smokin' Aces is a fun, entertaining ride from start to finish. Effectively directed by Joe Carnahan, this is a smartly crafted and exciting picture that should please action buffs looking for a good two hours to kill. The film does have limitations, and the film's script does fall apart in some areas, and you clearly see that in some scenes. I think it's a great shame because this had the potential of being one of the most stunning action thrillers to come out in quite some time. However, the acting and directing are top-notch and it's what keeps you involved and the film does have some action packed scenes, which overcomes its flaws. Smokin' Aces had so much more potential, and though it falls short in some areas, the great cast keep it going and the action is pretty intense. If that's what you're looking for, then this is the perfect film for you. Despite its lacking moments, the script is peppered with sharp, humorous dialogue which elevates the film significantly. The flaws are there, but at least the characters are colorful and are interesting, and the plot is good for what it is, however it could have been done a bit better. Joe Carnahan is a good director, and he is able to craft a good, entertaining picture and that's what Smokin' Aces is, a flawed, but entertaining film that overcomes its imperfection due to a great cast, effective and well written dialogue that is pretty funny and more than makes up for its plot flaws. If you're looking for a good little time waster, Smokin' Aces manages to be just that, and if you can easily get past the lacking moments, you're sure to have fun with this one.
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