Saturday, March 27, 2010
wilsonblogclassic® Originally posted Tuesday, August 25, 2009
After watching Smokin' Aces a second time I must admit that I like this movie. I guess you could call it a guilty pleasure kind of thing because there really is no reason to like it as much as I do. The story is full of clichéd, waaaaaaay over the top characters, weak dialog and an unbelievable and contrived script that has to be literally explained to the audience at the end because it's so inept. This film does nothing that has not been done before, and done better. Look no further than Tarantino or Guy Ritchie to see how much better this type of material can be. And yet here I am writing a marginally positive review of it. Despite the many problems with this film it still does hold your attention. Much like watching a car wreck you just can't look away. There are many good actors in this production but that is irrelevant as there is no script. Essentially the actors are flung from one absurd, violent scenario to the next and in that regard whatever acting talent they have doesn't matter a bit, just so long as they are on their mark when the guns and squibs start going off! There are however a few "acting" moments in this film, my favorite would be involving character actor Jeremy Piven. I like him in most everything he's in and this film is no exception. His character is central to the "story" and watching him slowly disintegrate thru this bumbled production is truly a pleasure. So if like me, you're into a lot of inane dialog and overblown violence, caricatures instead of characters, and more guns being displayed than at the last SHOT show, this is the movie for you.