Smokin' Aces Reviews
Also note how these early 2000s critic reviews are dated by the lazy, knee-jerk assumption that any movie with stylish violence is automatically a Tarantino rip-off... such ignorant crap.
This is a good popcorn flick if you like your action movies with and extra side order of gun violence. It's an interesting movie and you won't be bored. It also sports an insanely good cast.
Hands down one of the best movies I've ever seen and believe me I've seen a lot of movies. You can divide the movie in two pieces. The first piece is an explenation of the how, what and when. Then shit just starts going down and you know it. An action packed second piece of the movie is what it ends with.
The hate is because the director is not Quentin Tarantino and it does look like a movie from him. Forgive my language but please don't listen to the fucking critics.
What this movie lacks is humanity. The aging mafioso head, Primo is dying. His illegitimate son, Buddy Israel, who is also referred to as "Aces," has had contacts with his father, but had turned on him. Ultimately, to avoid prison himself, Buddy is about to turn states evidence on Primo.
Primo claims he wants his son's heart. So, his people figure it's for a transplant to extend his life. So there is a series of hit men going after Buddy. The problem is - the overall lack of humanity in this film (and lack of humor). Seems Primo is not exactly who he seems and the FBI need to keep him alive to talk to him as well.
Only problem I saw with this film is what if everyone misinterpreted Primo's request of wanting his son's heart? If that scene had been added to this film, it would have added a different layer of heart and humanity to this film that it totally lacks.
As I said, the acting in this film is never the issue, rather it's the writing and direction instead.
That's the great curse of this film: Joe Carnahan, talented as he may be, tried to fit a TV miniseries inside of a 110 minute movie that is only handicapped by its lack of available time to elaborate.
the cast was hit or miss. some stoodout while others faultered immeasureably such as Taraji P Henson and Ray Liotta hell even common wasn't intriguing me here. pretty crazy to see joel edgerton's earliest role. I liked ben afflecks new york accent and he pulls off the swagger of a new Yorker well despite being a bostontonian. he was pretty good during his limited time on screend. Alicia keys is not bad in here. she has real pose and can deliver lines really well. her voice just grabs your attention as it should since she is a musician as well. I was impressed by her. she should do more action films or at least crime films Jeremy piven is decent here but not much dimension with his character. he just seemed like a sleazebag. actually he reminded me a bit of his character on entourage. ryan Reynolds was his usual witty self here but not often you see him playing cops.
the story itself was a bit of a mess I must say. the writing is lackluster to say the least. The direction was muddled. Coming off of the fantastic and hard hitting Narc Joe Caranhan struggles with his story telling here among this cast of newbees and vets. it really became a bit of hot mess. the action scenes were pretty good though.
Aaaaand the final verdict.....Smokin Aces SUCKED!!