Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sometimes, fate just... fate just up-and-f***s you for no good reason. That the way'a the world! The way it's always gonna be. Alright then, peace bro

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

I love Smokin Aces. I am one of the few I know but I really do. No matter how much I try to hate it, this over the top action film is brilliant. It's profanity ridden dialogue hides some truly brilliant plot twists and turns and the characters are fully developed into living, breathing characters that you really care about. Even though all of them (for the most part) are dirt bag assholes it's hard not to enjoy some of the witty banter they have back and forth with each other and when and if they kill off a character it's really hard to watch. No one actor doesn't do their job right with everyone shining and really standing out as being top notch. Just everything about this film is great.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Smokin Aces is directed by Joe Carnahan who is mostly famous for the film Narc but I've loved him ever since Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane. He is also slated to direct the A-Team movie as well. Well Carnahan writes and directs this film that I really need to separate for it to make any sense:

-Buddy "Aces" Israel is a magician is Vegas and also an FBI informant for the mob
-Primo Sparazza is the mob boss who is slowly dying of heart disease and wants Aces dead.
-The FBI are sent to protect Israel but are really getting sick of his crap
-A shitload of assassins are hired to take Israel out including:
  • A group of bounty hunters who are sent to bring Israel in for skipping bail
  • A group of crazed hillbilly brothers known as the Tremor Brothers
  • A chameleon known as Lazlo Soot
  • Two female assassins Sykes and Watters
  • A man simply known as "The Plague"
-They all go to the hotel to fight

And about an hour and 50 minutes later it's over.

It's so over the top it's great. It's a refreshing guilty pleasure of a film and while most would disagree I've watched this film at least ten times and it's still awesome. So give this one a look and you won't be sorry.



  1. Smokin' Aces benefits from not taking itself seriously. Something Boondock Saints fans should consider.

  2. Why do you try to hate Smokin' Aces, when it's such an awesome film? Personally, I saw it for the reason it starred Ryan Reynolds whom I like as an actor. And Ray Liotta, of course.

    I really enjoyed Ben Affleck's character's fate, lol! That was something I didn't expect as he was the biggest (in terms of popularity) name of the cast.

    Also, you forgot to mention in your review Clint Mansell's brilliant score. "Dead Reckoning" is amazing.

    Smokin' Aces is totally underrated and I don't understand why. I look forward to watching the sequel with another one of my favorites, Vinnie Jones.

  3. Well personally I LOVE the movie but I know a lot of people who HATE this film. I try to hate this film only so I can understand why people hate it...honestly though I have seen it ten times and it's still an amazing movie so we ARE in the same boat there.

    Ahhh i knew I forgot something. Thanks for reminding me

  4. Dead Reckoning I have that on my iPod. You can definitely feel like a bad ass when it's playing.