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Smokin Aces [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import]

Jason Bateman , Ben Affleck    Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VEJKQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A frantic and frequently amusing cocktail of Tarantino cool and Hong Kong bullet ballet, Joe (Narc) Carnahan's Smokin' Aces delivers some inspired moments of action and dark comedy in its dizzying-comic book plot about a rogue's gallery of killers on the hunt for a mob informer. At the core of Carnahan's bloody shaggy-dog tale is Buddy Israel (Jeremy Piven, offering a more desperate take on his standard hustler persona), a Vegas magician who's turned informant against the mobsters who have treated him as their personal entertainment. Wishing to close Buddy's overactive mouth permanently, the mob capo puts a bounty on the two-bit showman's head, and a horde of hitmen descends on Buddy's digs to claim the prize.

The unholy crew of gunmen offer the movie's most inspired (and outlandish) moments, with R&B singer Alicia Keys (as a cool, Foxy Brown-esque assassin), Nestor Carbonell (as a torture-minded sadist), Ben Affleck and Peter Berg (low-key bail bondsmen) and Chris Pine (the leader of a trio of semi-savage brothers) among the more memorable villains. Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, and Andy Garcia represent the other side of the coin as FBI agents determined to get to Buddy before the legion of doom, and the clashes between both factions produce some eye-popping gunplay. If there's any complaint to be made about Smokin' Aces, it's that the tone shifts between action-drama and hipster comedy feel forced (Carnahan struck a firmer balance between the two in his 1998 indie effort, Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane), but the performances and shootout set pieces, as well as Carnahan's hyperactive camera work, do much to make those transitions palatable. Eagle-eyed audience members will note the presence veteran scene stealers Curtis Armstrong (Ray), David Proval (The Sopranos), and Alex Rocco (The Godfather's Moe Green) in supporting roles. -- Paul Gaita

Synopsis

Fresh from his success with Entourage, Jeremy Piven gives his career a further boost by taking the lead role in director Joe Carnahan's (Narc) fast-paced thriller, Smoking Aces. Piven plays Buddy 'Aces' Israel, a former Vegas performer who has holed up in the penthouse suite of a Lake Tahoe casino after what seems like half the planet decides they want him dead. The reason for this bloodlust stems from Israel's dalliances with the mob, who have put a $1 million price tag on his head after discovering he is about to tell all to the feds. The only people who don't want to put a premature end to Israel's life are two FBI agents, played by Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta, and their boss, Andy Garcia. As various assassins attempt to put an end to Israel's pitiful existence, a parade of celebrity cameos ensues, including Alicia Keys, Common, Ben Affleck, and Jason Bateman. Carnahan soaks the screen with vivid primary colours, lots of flashy set pieces, and plenty of guns and violence as his movie thunders from one explosive scene to the next. The shooting style, script, and acting are all highly indebted to Quentin Tarantino's early works, and the impressive ensemble cast will ensure plenty of Pulp Fiction comparisons. Standout performances come courtesy of Piven and Liotta, with the former revelling in a character surrounded by burly bodyguards, cheap hookers, and a blizzard of cocaine as he sweats and paces around his penthouse hideout, ultimately awaiting either freedom or death as the movie nears its spectacular finale.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure at first but then came to love it. 6 Aug 2011
By George
Format:DVD
This film is wild,crazy,gory and brilliant. For me the array of characters is very watchable, at first i disliked the 3 neo nazis but grew to like them, Ray Liotta and Ryan Reyonlds are great and so is alicia keys.
This is one to watch with your mates around for a bit of a laugh and gore.
loved it 5/5
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frantic and Violent Crime Caper 28 Dec 2007
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
When Las Vegas magician Buddy 'Aces' Israel agrees to testify against his mob boss pal, a bounty of $1,000,000 is placed upon his head, attracting every hitman (and woman) in the free world. Word soon gets out that Israel is holed up in the penthouse suite of a Lake Tahoe hotel and FBI agents Reynolds and Liotta frantically try to get to him before wave upon wave of bail bondsmen, bounty hunters and assassins get there first.

Smokin' Aces seems to get generally poor reviews which suprises me because it is actually a very entertaining film. I think people are getting tired of the Taratino-esque crime caper but this film has an original edge to it that makes it worth watching. The characters are great and grotesque at the same time, from Alicia Keys' solid performance as a stone cold assassin, to Reynolds and Liottas feds, to the Tremor brothers and other assorted murderers. The screenplay is pretty cool too ("Don't let my face be the last thing you see. Heaven may hold it aginst you"). The film is very frantic from beginning to end and incredibly violent. The major let down is the convoluted ending that tries to add a twist to proceedings that really wasn't necessary.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "..A BLAST OF A MOVIE.." 24 April 2012
Format:DVD
If you love gunplay, action and violence and massive shootouts and hot women then look no further because this film has them all. With an all-star cast who give good performances this is certainly one good movie worth checking out even if it's for the massive showdown at the end, great stuff at this price well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice gun, shame about the film 19 Nov 2007
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Buddy 'Aces' Israel is hiding from the mob in the penthouse suite of a Lake Tahoe casino. He's got a $1 million price tag on his head for grassing to the feds. Everyone wants him dead apart from two FBI agents, played by Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta, and their boss, Andy Garcia. The various would-be assassins include Ben Affleck, the aforementioned Keys & Henson, as well as Common and Jason Bateman, among others. There are attempts to mimic Quentin Tarantino's style in the overall violence and action but it's nowhere near as clever or as memorable. The only worthwhile scene is the one in which two female snipers played by Taraji Henson and Alicia Keys use a near-unbelievable .50 calibre gun to kill someone from a mile away. So save 110 minutes of your life, and some cash, and just watch the trailers and extracts on YouTube (e.g. "Smokin' Aces - The Girls"). The film as a whole is messy, low-rent and utterly forgettable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Aces 24 April 2010
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Even though there are some scathing reviews here I actually thought `Smokin' Aces' was not that bad. OK, it is pretty mindless stuff, but it doesn't try to be anything high brow or intellectual. It is marketed as a guns blazing, mob related film and that is exactly what it is. Buddy `Aces' Israel is under police protection and the Mob take out a million dollar bounty on his life. Numerous unscrupulous characters fight their way to be the one to take the bounty and much gun toting and violence ensues. There is a good cast here, with many well known names and all act decently; there is nothing worthy of an Oscar, but nothing truly cringe making either. There is a slight twist in the tale and although I guessed it half way through, it still made for an interesting way to end the film. If taken at face value this film has plenty to keep you watching and entertained and although it isn't ground breaking or exceptional film making, it isn't dire either. A solid and respectable 3 stars.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I am surprised to see such a low rating from other customers, as I was totally blown away the first time I watched this film. I thought the intertwining storylines and calibre of actors really drive the storyline and pace of the film, and the action scenes are also superb. I loved this film, and I think most action fans will agree!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good romping fun 7 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
entertaining shoot em up full of extreme violence and shoot outs, this will pass the time well enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars thank you 23 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD came on the date it was supposed to and it worked perfectly . very happy . Thank you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor movie
Smokuin aces is poorly written and boring movie,that i could not wait to finish
Smoking aces has to many characters in it and alcia keys as hit man ,what a joke ,garbage. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Obecker/mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a good film in there somewhere
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was the first film I saw which involved multiple sets of characters going about their - murderous - business, independently of each other, only... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WANT OF PIECE OF THIS?
In this film a contract is but out on "Buddy" Israel (Jeremy Piven). All the big hitmen are involved. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Never see it coming
Smokin' aces is one of those films that has lots of parallel story lines and as you move through the movie they become entwined. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. J. Over
5.0 out of 5 stars second hand dvd
I've been buying second hand dvd's as a way to increase my otherwise unaffordable collection. I'm very pleased with my purchases. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roadrunner
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Published 14 months ago by Malcolm Hesketh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
My son also told me this film was good again, he was correct I really enjoyed it. An excellent buy thank you.
Published 16 months ago by Gib Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin Movie!!!!!!!!!!!
A great film and unlike it's sequel has good actors, plot and action and is put together well and is well worth the good price for a good nite in!!
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Sam Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Subtitles & Specs
MAIN FEATURE:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition Widescreen 2.35:1

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DTS-HD Master Audio: English 5.1
DTS Surround: French 5.1, Italian 5.1, German 5. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by Itas
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