Smokin' Aces

Film, Action and adventure
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Smokin' Aces
This indulgent, luridly mounted actioner sees Hollywood golden boy Jeremy Piven horribly miscast as the crestfallen Buddy ‘Aces’ Israel, a coke-addled Vegas showman and FBI informant turned sitting duck as he waits for one of a number of eccentric mercenaries to bust down his door and fulfil a hit. Just as Carnahan’s previous ‘Narc’ paid homage to such 1970s cop thrillers as ‘The French Connection’, with ‘Smokin’ Aces’ he’s chosen to salute the kitsch, style-over-substance chase comedies of the 1980s, making this a poor man’s ‘Midnight Run’. The film’s whimsicality makes it a big step back for the director, who shows he has little handle over anything bar garish action set-pieces, replacing narrative structure and character development with Ben Affleck in a barrow-boy hat and Andy Garcia as an FBI chief with a bizarre accent. On the plus side, Jason Bateman supplies an amusing cameo as a drunken, cross-dressing lawyer and there’s a soulful turn from Alicia Keys as a slinky assassin. Other than that, it’s just a big old mess.

By: David Jenkins


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday January 12 2007
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joe Carnahan
Screenwriter: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Ben Affleck
Jason Bateman
Andy Garcia
Alicia Keys
Ray Liotta
Jeremy Piven
Ryan Reynolds

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pete hendo

If you dont take it seriously, this film is a fun watch.....look out for mad assassins 'The Rumours'. It's a poor man's Tarrentino, but still a good yarn.