I keep telling myself I should review movies and games since I spend so much time watching and playing them, most of the time mocking them. I figured I should just try it out and see how it goes. Smokin' Aces was the last film I saw, yesterday, so I'll start with that.
Smokin' Aces Review
What is there to say about Smokin' Aces? Hmmm. Well, its yet another movie that could have been very good, but just wasn't.
In Smokin' Aces, a snitch named Buddy 'Aces' Israel has snitched on a powerful mob family and is attempting to work out a deal with the FBI. Sadly, the mob is onto him and they send every insane psycho with a fire arm or a blade to kill him. Meanwhile, FBI agents and bail bonds men hunt him down to protect him or bring him to justice. What happens when a hoard of murderous psychopaths come together? Chaos.
Smokin' Aces has a horrible opening, one of the worst. With so many characters and factions fighting over Buddy Israel, its a real trial trying to understand who wants him, why, and how they plan to get him. With so many characters, the film takes forever in the introductions and even when the intro's are over, unless you have a perfect memory, you'll have a hard time remembering half the character's names. Even worse, the film is so short there is almost no time to know or understand any of them. The only character you ever get a good feel for is Buddy, and he's such a static and random character you never reall care about him and may just wish one of the assassin's kills him.
Story? Well the story is practically non-existant. The film juggles so many groups and characters that its hard to find a coherent storyline. Keeping track of who is doing what and when is made worse by horrible timing in scene transitions, especially towards the middle of the film. Scene will change at the worst possible moments, almost making me wonder if they wanted us to miss half the movie and half of what the characters are doing.
The worst part of the film is that rather than building suspense and anticipation for the final battle, characters just start killing each other randomly, knocking out many before the climax even comes. When the climax of the film does come, half the characters are dead or incapacitated and the horrible scene transitions make it difficult to assertain who is doing what.
By the time the chaos of the 'final battle' is over, you are left with a hollow feelign that you've been cheated out of a perfectly good action film and wishing that the film would just end. Nope. The film keeps going through a perposterous and random conspiracy theory of stupidity.
Overall, as an action film Smokin' Aces is a failure, as the film destroys itself before the action even has a chance to begin. I'd like to say there is something redeeming about the film but there really isn't. There is a nice comedy stint half way through that some may find entertaining, and one character in particular can be quite funny but in the end, its nothing that can redeem the film and its nearly moronic plot line and hollow characters.
I would say that if you like generic action films, you might enjoy Smokin' Aces. It has a few moments of fun and excitement and laugh or two along the way. In the end though, this film is worth seeing maybe once and never again. It could ahve been better. Add another hour to build suspense and character development and it could have passed for OK. But we didn't get that. We got something that can only be described as silly and rediculous (In a bad way).
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