Smokin' Aces
2007
After a sleazy Las Vegas magician agrees to testify against the mob, he embarks on one last hurrah in Lake Tahoe before entering protective custody. But can just one FBI agent keep him safe from a slew of would-be assassins?

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

What could have been an intense thriller or a stylish action flick wound up being neither by trying to be both: Joe Carnahan set out to make the kind of blood-soaked, anything-goes flick that 1970s audiences would see at a drive-in theater, or (ahem) grindhouse theater, but style is not among his strong suits. Weird elements like moronic redneck assassins bringing chainsaws to a gunfight can't play against such a somber, post-9/11 tone. Had Carnahan fully committed himself to making a serious project that suits his nature, he might have had something really sharp like his previous films. Smokin' Aces is entertaining and I liked it in spite of itself, but its jokes fall flat, its plot twists are screamingly obvious, and it's just too slow.

− June 23, 2007 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Tony Peters: I liked smoking aces...I thought the ending was much better than it could have been...actually both endings were better than the movie looked like it was gonna end − August 12, 2007

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