Smokin' Aces

2006

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

153
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 29%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 127108

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Joel Edgerton as Hugo Croop
Ryan Reynolds as Richard Messner
Ben Affleck as Jack Dupree
Chris Pine as Darwin Tremor
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814.88 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 49 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 49 min
P/S 9 / 24

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Floated2 3 / 10

Overload of characters and messy

Smokin' Aces is a violent crime action thriller which has been reminded and compared to Pulp Fiction and Quentin Tarantino's style of film making. This film is an overload of multiple characters and it shifts from scenes very quickly. The story is relatively simple yet confusing and not too interesting for an ensemble of crew. The main problem is the ensemble of characters and very few to root for, which most of them are unlikable and not too interesting. The film is quite entertaining at some aspects but overall drags on as a violent mess. Jeremy Piven arguably steals the scenes he is apart, portraying his similar character as in Entourage, as well as Ryan Reynolds being part of the main focal point and protagonist.

Reviewed by Tweekums 7 / 10

Action and violence as just about everybody go after Buddy 'Aces' Israel

Buddy 'Aces' Israel is a Las Vegas magician who had become a little too close to the Mafia; at first he just enjoyed hanging out with mobsters then he wanted to become one and finally he has a choice; go to jail or inform on the mob… in particular Primo Sparazza the brutal leader of the Las Vegas Mob. Soon there is a million dollar bounty on his head and a variety of hit men (and women), bounty hunters and the FBI are converging on his penthouse apartment in a Lake Tahoe hotel. When they get there all hell will break loose.

For the most part this is a fairly routine action film; it starts well with the explanation of the main plot and introduction of the numerous people we assume will be the main characters. A few of them don't really last long enough to be considered main characters though. They are a varied bunch; a pair of FBI agents who think taking Buddy into custody should be a relatively routine assignment; a pair of female assassins; a trio of somewhat insane killers; a few independent killers; a group of bounty hunters; Buddy and his entourage and mention of the mysterious 'Swede'. During these introductions we see flashbacks of some of their previous work. Once the action in Tahoe gets started it is quickly turned up to eleven and it is anybody's guess which of our protagonists will survive. The cast includes plenty of familiar names including; Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Ryan Reynolds they all do a decent enough jobs although for me the most memorable characters were played by singer Alicia Keys, on her acting debut, and Taraji P. Henson as the hitwomen Georgia Sykes and Sharice Watters… this may have been aided by the fact that the latter's weapon of choice was a massive fifty calibre rifle! As the film reaches its end there is a twist that is a bit unnecessary but wasn't enough to detract from the film. It must be noted that this film isn't for the squeamish as there is a lot of bloody mayhem which is often brutal rather than just over-the-top. Overall though I'd recommend this to anybody wanting action, a degree of comedy and isn't easily offended.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 6 / 10

Tries just a bit too hard...

I like the basic premise for Smokin' Aces—hired killers competing to collect the $1m placed on the head of a mafia snitch. I like the cast, which features a raft of impressive names. And I appreciate the occasionally anarchic approach, the film throwing in random 'WTF?' scenes and going into cartoonish, hyperviolent overdrive for its action.

What I didn't like was the very uneven pacing throughout, the overly complex plot which introduces way too many characters, and the unnecessary twist ending of the kind that might have seemed fresh the previous decade (when The Usual Suspects, Seven, Fight Club and The Sixth Sense pulled the rug from under the viewer's feet), but which soon became annoyingly trite.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for the karate Ritalin kid with the boner, who is so freakin' bizarre that I couldn't help but laugh.

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