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Smokin' Aces

A movie directed by Joe Carnahan

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A cool, slick and stylish action film with some serious fire power....

  • Nov 17, 2009
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Movies like  this are, like I've said many times before, a dime a dozen  but once in a great while you  get  a rare coin  in the bunch of old dull ones, and Smokin' Aces is that rare  coin. It's slick, stylish, brutal, funny at times, dark , witty and smart It's got the making of a great action  thriller  and it's not afraid to show it.

Smokin' Aces is a brash   action film that is straight out of the mind of Quentin Tarantino, sadly he's not directing, but that's okay because this film is kind of a homage to his work and will please  any fan of Tarantino  or  fans of action films alike. But ti also has it's downsides. Smokin' Aces at some points in the film it  relies to heavily on the action and  that  takes away from the good conspiracy story and air of mystery  it has buried underneath it all. But all in all   Smokin' Aces  is  an awesome thriller with  spectacular action and  a jaw dropping twist that you won't see coming.  

Jeremy Piven does great here as the man everybody wants to kill, Piven puts all his comedic and  dramatic talent into the role  of a strung out, douche bag  magical who's at the ends. And he plays it better than anything I've seen him do before/ Ryan Reynolds   is good as the rookie FBI agent assigned to protect  Buddy Israel(Piven), he's got the smarts and the attitude to play the part  and he pulls it off nicely  but falls short in some places when he's needed the most. Ray liotta(Who I don't like much as an actor.) is not as good here as  he was in John Q Or Identity  but  holds up well. The cast is  great  and they help  move this film up past the regular actioneer standards.

Smokin' Aces is just like the title suggest,  this film is  on fire and the fire won't die down till the bodies stop dropping credits roll. It's a good action thriller with high class qualities and  enough  action, jokes, style  and plot twist to satisfy you, it may not be the most original action film but ti sure is different in it's own special way. All in all it's one hit you 'll want in on.

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Quick Tip by . June 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
This is one of the absolute worst movies I've ever seen in my entire life.      Smokin' Aces is essentially an amalgamation of all the most cliche yet trendy shit that's popular in Hollywood.  This celluloid crap is merely yet another convoluted tale with far too many characters (ranging from uninteresting at best, extremely annoying at worst), slick and fast video editing that would be right at home with whatever pap Jason Statham stars in, and self-congradulatory …
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2010
What an unexpected surprise! The cast is awesome, the comedy is well-written, and the violence is plentiful.
review by . February 24, 2008
Pros: The ever sexy Alicia Keys looking, well, sexy.      Cons: Everything else.     The Bottom Line: As the movie closes one of the characters, banged up and bleeding pleads with another to “Make it make sense.” Too Late!     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I will be the first to admit that Alicia Keys is one of the most beautiful, sexy, and talented women in the entertainment business, but she …
review by . April 26, 2007
Trying to keep track of the huge cast of characters, keeping their various allegiances to the plethora of participating assailants, requires a scorecard in the film SMOKIN' ACES. Writer/Director Joe Carnahan has style and the film's similarity to the many other cop/mob caper movies is evident, but Carnahan like to blitz the eye of the viewer with so much visual information (multiple tracks, quick scene flashes, unexplained flashbacks, etc) that when coupled with a soundtrack that is burdened with …
review by . April 18, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Writer/director Joe Carnahan takes a note from Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott in Smokin' Aces, a gleefully violent, nihilistic, sexist romp. Carnahan isn't trying to say anything, he just wants to make a slammin' guy flick with lots of shooting and explosions. To this effect, the plot is secondary; all that matters is this elaborate situation he sets up where an army of bounty hunters all descend upon Lake Tahoe to try to get the bounty on Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven,). The action moves …
review by . April 17, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Unnecessarily intricate, but sometimes fun, 'Smokin' Aces is an uneven, 'Kill Bill' or 'Get Shorty'. Containing some big laughs and some skillful scenes, the movie, nevertheless, should stick to its hand and often folds on focus. The plot is developed alright, but unlike other venues that come to mind, 'Crank' (Fun), 'The Departed' (Twisty and Entertaining), 'Running Scared' (Awesomely Wild) and 'Pulp Fiction' (Clever) or 'Inside Man' (Intelligent), it isn't nearly as satisfying. By the time one …
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Fresh from his success with HBO's ENTOURAGE, Jeremy Piven gives his career a further boost by taking the lead role in director Joe Carnahan's (NARC) fast-paced thriller, SMOKING ACES. Piven plays Buddy "Aces" Israel, a former Vegas performer who has holed up in the penthouse suite of a Lake Tahoe casino after what seems like half the planet decides they want him dead. The reason for this bloodlust stems from Israel's dalliances with the mob, who have put a $1 million price tag on his head after discovering he is about to tell all to the feds. The only people who don't want to put a premature end to Israel's life are two FBI agents, played by Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta, and their boss, Andy Garcia. As various assassins attempt to put an end to Israel's pitiful existence, a parade of celebrity cameos ensues, including Alicia Keys, Common, Ben Affleck, and Jason Bateman. <br> <br> Carnahan soaks the screen with vivid primary colors, lots of flashy set pieces, and plenty of guns and violence as his movie ...
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