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Smokin' Aces Screened

Published December 8, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures.
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Universal Pictures has convinced us that Smokin' Aces will be one of the coolest, most badass films of 2007 thanks to the release of both the teaser and feature trailer. Having a bunch of different and cool hitmen beat each other to a mark seems like a genius idea for many more films to come. Smokin' Aces, however, has already given the story its own brand of hyperkinetic storytelling that looks like something no other film will match... in 2007. Let me take that back, hopefully no film will ever go as far as Domino -- ouch.

That being said, somebody has seen Smokin' Aces and is now not as convinced on the film as they used to be.

Smokin' Aces Screening Report

Vern from AICN has recently had the pleasure of watching Smokin' Aces and feels that the film has both its positives, clichés and negatives. As we had expected, the Tremor Brothers are the coolest bunch of hitmen since Agent 47. So what if '47' worked alone and only existed in a video game, just try to get the drift.

SMOKIN' ACES is a big fuckin mess, but mostly on purpose. The plot for the most part is this: Jeremy Piven plays a mafia-connected Vegas magician named Buddy "Aces" Israel, whose lawyer played by Booger (RAY) is currently putting together a deal for him to turn state's evidence. The mobster he's turned on has apparently put a million dollar bounty on Israel, so we follow various hitmen and women who are trying to kill him as well as these two agents trying to bust the mob.

Hello again, friend. If you are just joining us from non-spoilerland, you missed my explanation of my favorite characters in the movie, the Tremor Brothers. Since the '90s there have been alot of horrible movies trying to depict cool hitmen. They have tried alot of different ways (usually involving skinny ties and references to pop culture) but I don't think anybody has done hitmen who appear to believe they live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Until now. These dirty beasts wear goggles, pads, chains, no shirts, they have obscene tattoos, they carry flares and chainsaws, they roar much more than they talk. We hear that they are redneck neo-nazis, but the way they act they might as well be completely free of politics or knowledge of human systems, neanderthals given access to automatic weapon technology millions of years ahead of schedule. Any time they were on screen I couldn't stop laughing, and after their great scene that you didn't read about in that last paragraph there was no way I could completely turn against the movie, even when it wasn't working.

The review has ups and downs, which I will optimistically take as more ups. As you may have noticed in the second paragraph, the report also features an area full of spoilers, so pay attention to the warnings.

Check out the early review for Smokin' Aces over at AICN.

Smokin' Aces opens to theatres on March 2nd, 2007.

For the trailers, posters, full synopsis and more movie info, go to the Smokin' Aces Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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