Saturday, January 27, 2007

"Smokin' Aces" review

Smokin' Aces (2006)

Directed by Joe Carnahan
Writing credits Joe Carnahan

Ben Affleck.... Jack Dupree
Jason Bateman.... Rip Reed
Common.... Sir Ivy
Andy Garcia.... Stanley Locke
Alex Rocco.... Serna
Alicia Keys.... Georgia Sykes
Ray Liotta.... Donald Carruthers
Jeremy Piven.... Buddy 'Aces' Israel
Peter Berg.... "Pistol" Pete Deeks
Ryan Reynolds.... Richard Messner

A bunch of assassins converge on a hotel in Lake Tahoe to kill Ari Gold. He’s gone from Las Vegas magician to ruthless mob boss. A common turn of events to be sure. A $1 million bounty has been placed on Ari Aces. The mob wants his heart. This brings out many colorful hit men and hit women to try to collect. The FBI tries to save him from this army of killers as some convoluted plot works itself out.

“Smoking Aces” is, to put it mildly, over the top. The assassins run the gauntlet of movie villains. Alicia Keys shows up with her lesbian sidekick to take Aces out via blaxploitation style. Since he can’t resist a fine foxy mama like Alicia, they’re sure they’ve got it in the bag. Then there are the inbred cousins who show up out of some 70’s drive-in movie, possibly “Gator Bait”. They’ve got chainsaws and love to use them. There is also a super assassin from Italy and another who is a master of disguise. All of these bloodthirsty maniacs check into the hotel to take Ari out.

“Smoking Aces” is a wired movie. It throws as much as it can at the screen to see if any of it will stick. It is a stylistic overload of different movie genres and outrageous violence.

Needless to say, I enjoyed this film immensely. Watching super agent Ari “Aces” Gold duck and cover from hit men is what good times are made of. Normally when I see a director feel the need to show off as bad as this one did, I get turned off by his explosion of style. This time it works because “Smoking Aces” keeps the bullets flying and the bodies bleeding. Gangster movie fans will get a kick out of this one. It’s worth a look.

SCORE: 3 out of 4 smokin Ari's


Anonymous said...

What are you smoking-this movie was a bore from beginning to end. People actually got up and walked out of the theater it was that bad. The only thing that may save this movie it is the blood and gore

Dr. Gore ( said...

And what's wrong with blood and gore saving it? This movie was great. It's a B-movie fans dream. I can see normal moviegoers looking at it with confusion. The name of the game here is excess. Excessive violence, blood, gore etc. The only thing missing was some excessive nudity. Why Alicia Keys didn't take the time to skinny dip is unknown. It would have fit the movie perfectly. Well, in my mind it would have.

Anonymous said...

You both missed the whole theme of the movie. The whole movie is based on betrayal and its effects on people, not as obvious as say The Departed. Buddy has a breakdown and keeps betraying people then the FBI betrays him which causes him to almost die and then the FBI betrays Reynolds so he in turn kills the man who he was sent to keep alive, a very good twist in plot if you actually look for it. The whole father son thing is hard one to catch, for me atleast, but I feel like it should have been. It made the movie less of a what's going on like the Ocean films.