To me Smokin' Aces looks like an entire load of badassery. Thanks to the film's style and all-out mayhem, we didn't expect it to get the best reviews from the mainstream media. We did, however, get alerted to two official reviews that are both positive and negative.
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Though one review below is positive and one negative, the array of official reviews have been mostly negative. Again, we expected this and, like in the UK, that won't stop us from seeing Smokin' Aces opening weekend.
Smokin' Aces blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome. Style and attitude, pegged to a baroque plot concerning an FBI plan to snare a key mob witness that attracts a virtual convention of world-class killers, burns up a lot of screen time but amounts to little more than some sensational scenes. However, as exemplified by strong U.K. returns last week bucking nay-saying critics, hungry young auds looking for fresh goods in January will flock to the mayhem, ensuring aces first-week B.O.
Much anticipated by fans of writer-director Joe Carnahan's Sundance hits "Narc" and "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane," pic is far more under the sway of Quentin Tarantino's color-saturated bang-bang cinema than the helmer's previous work. Tarantino's shadow can be a dangerous thing: A better influence on Carnahan might have been author Elmore Leonard and his flair for weaving terrific story strands with vividly wrought characters.
Total Film (positive)
Smokin’ Aces sure starts as it means to go on. An aggressive splurge of character names, scrawled in VERY BIG LETTERS, scream from the screen... It’s a brash opening sequence for a brash film, one crammed full with famous faces flittering in and out of its very limited plot until they all merge into one screaming, violent brawl. One bloodied corpse looks the same as another, after all.
Shining through the carnage, though, is Carnahan’s cast. The pairing of Liotta and the charismatic Reynolds aside, a grungy Affleck builds on the kudos he received for Hollywoodland. A cameo from Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman all but steals the movie, while Matthew Fox (Jack from Lost) plays a peculiarly homoerotic security guard with an even more peculiar wig.
Not to sound like a broken record but, "we expected this." Check out both full reviews for Smokin' Aces by clicking on the bold links above.
Smokin' Aces opens on January 26th.
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