By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures.
Smokin' Joe Carnahan was more than confident for
the release of Smokin'
Aces in the UK. The film entered theatres today and with that
comes some of the first official reviews for the film.
Smokin' Aces Get Reviewed
The film is doing good, or maybe well; which is better? It seems that critics
agree with what the early screening reports have hinted at -- the sub-plot
blows. Fortunately this only comes into play at the end of the film. Damn
Here are snippets from three reviews and they are all positive. The first
of them comes straight from Carnahan's blog, so it is obviously uber-positive.
Now Smokin Aces.......Holy sh*t!!! It never stops...ever.
It comes at you from every direction. Jeremy Piven is outstanding in this...OUTSTANDING!!
this is not entourage people. The shots are incredible, the music is high
energy, the cast is flawless, I mean flawless. Jason Bateman is a genius
in the small amount of time he is on the screen. The best scene that will
be ever filmed of Ben Affleck is in this film as well...I laughed my ass
off! The elevator scene is so intense I had stomach cramps. THIS IS UNLIKE
ANY MOVIE EVER MADE. Tom Cruise is the biggest moron to ever step foot in
Hollywood for letting Carnahan slip away from MI3, I liked MI3 but the way
I liked Lost and the first few episodes of Alias. It was like a great TV
movie. This is going to be one of those films used in film school to teach
film students technique and style. see it the day it opens!! I am seeing
Full respect to Carnahan for making the tired crime genre feel fresh, but
it would have been more fun without a last-minute attempt to make it mean
on the Wall
Edgy and full of life, this outrageously complicated gangster thriller keeps
us thoroughly entertained simply by making us work to follow along. It also
has a terrific sense of style and wit, plus solid performances all around.
Virtually everyone is after Buddy "Aces" Isreal (Piven), a Vegas
magician turned wannabe mafia boss. But as he revels in his Tahoe hotel
suite, complete with hookers and drugs, everyone's closing in: the Feds
(Reynolds, Garcia and Liotta), some bounty hunters (Affleck, Henderson and
Berg), two hitwomen (Keys and Henson), and various assassins and thugs.
And as they converge, the resulting conflagration will leave everyone wondering
what's really going on here. And who's double-crossing whom.
Not a bad start. Not a bad start at all! I must admit that I am still curious
on what this kid-sub-plot is and how it can possibly come into play with
a story about hitmen battling it out for a single target.
Check out each review for Smokin' Aces by clicking on the
bold links above.