- Avengers; Age of Ultron
Smokin’ Aces had the best all-star cast since Lucky Number Slevin. I only wished I liked the movie as much as I liked the cast.
It’s not that the movie was bad or boring. It just wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped it was going to be. Yes, there were lots of gunfights. And yes, it was a race for the first hitman to get to Buddy “Aces” Israel. But it wasn’t as exciting as a movie about multiple hitmen (and women) going after a Vegas entertainer while a horde of FBI guys are after him should be.
Things I did like:
There were, of course, things I didn’t like. There were too many distractions – side trips that were unnecessary, characters that served no real purpose. I also didn’t like that it didn’t take place in Vegas. A hit on a Vegas entertainer should go down in Vegas. But no, he was staying in the penthouse in Tahoe. Tahoe? Seriously? How boring does it get? At least in Vegas we would have gotten flashing lights and the jangle of casino slot machines. In Tahoe we get a lovely view of the mountains from the penthouse windows.
I had really wanted this movie to be more like Lucky Number Slevin, which I had loved so much and had a similar style of plotline. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to the high expectations I had for it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go see it. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. If you’ve got ten bucks lying around and nothing better to do, go check it out. Gunfights are better on the big screen. If you’re broke and busy, it wouldn’t be a horrible thing for you to wait for Netflix.
Overall, an entertaining flick, if not one I’d watch over and over again. Ryan Reynolds was easily the best part of the movie. But as we know, I’m a big fan.
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