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Smokin' Aces Reviewed... Again

Published December 18, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures.
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Any time I get bored sitting here on my computer I know that I can always watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces or 300 and immediately get cheered up again. Hence, any new news that comes for each of these films gets my up most attention. While 300 has been treating us to trailers recently, Smokin' Aces has yet another early screening report to appear online.

Early Review: Smokin' Aces

The good people over at AICN have received an early report for Smokin' Aces and, like the previous reports, says the film is great but complains about certain sub-plots that are so bad that they will riddle you senseless. Other than that the film seems like one heck of an actionfest with Saw caliber gore.

I'll keep the review short and sweet because to be honest, the trailers that have been released perfectly capture the look and feel of this movie, which is energetic, frenetic, and borderline psychotic. It's "Ocean's 11" on crystal meth.

Many have said that this resembles a Guy Ritchie flick, and they're not far off, but it's not quite fair to call it a rip-off (although it's safe to assume that fans of "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock" will enjoy this) While Ritchie lovingly gives his characters all manner of quirks and silly names, and sets his chaos to a bouncy, cheery soundtrack, Carnahan more or less plays things without tongue in cheek (an amusing cameo by Jason Bateman as an alcoholic lawyer and a stupid sub-plot about a Ritalin addicted kid notwithstanding). Carnahan isn't quite as clever at twisting the plot around, but what he perfects better than Ritchie is palpable tension, especially in flick's body-dropping third act.

What it all amounts to is a calling card for Carnahan (I know he doesn't need one since he impressed many with "Narc") proving he can handle complicated action scenes, juggle an impressive cast, blow shit up with great giddiness, and basically go insane every 10 minutes with a studio's money. Do I recommend it? Yes.

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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