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Smokin' Aces
DVD disk
05.11.2007 By: Sturdy
Smokin' Aces order
Director:
Joe Carnahan

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds
Jeremy Piven
Common

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The biggest mob informant of all time is set to give up all the details of his lifestyle. Of course, this means certain people are out to make sure he doesnít live to tell his tales. The race is on to see who can kill him first, and how original they can do it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I really wanted to love SMOKINí ACES. The premise is awesome. One wacky mob informant being hunted by a bunch of crazy hit-men. What could go wrong? Well, lots could go wrong and unfortunately, most everything did. So instead of being a fun roller coaster ride, this felt like a bumper car that couldnít get going.

Joe Carnahanís mistake was that he never accepted what he had. What he had was a fun, light-hearted action flick that should have been fun and funny. There were flashes of brilliance throughout the film, but he tried way too hard to add a deeper story and give the film some meaning it didnít deserve. Donít get me wrong, Iím not against making an action flick with a real story, but donít make a half-hearted effort and expect me to buy into it.

Iím sure one of the biggest complaints is that certain characters werenít utilized properly. Youíre going to get that when you have this many people in one movie. That didnít bother me as much as the anti-climatic ending. Iím waiting the whole time for all of these loonies to go ballistic on each other and instead I get the surprise ending that wasnít a surprise at all and a shoot-out that lasted about two minutes. I havenít been this let down since my junior prom.

So to sum up, SMOKINíACES had some good performances but ended up being a letdown of a film. Joe Carnahan had too much going on and never made the kind of movie it should have been. It wasnít horrible, but I think most people that want an action film are going to be disappointed.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Joe Carnahan and Robert Frazen: Itís cool that these two admit to drinking beer while doing the commentary. They yuck it up, but provide a decent amount of information to keep it rolling. I thought the movie was average, but I enjoyed listening to these two.

Commentary with Joe Carnahan, Common, Christopher, Holley and Zach Cumer: This one was a little too cluttered and got on my nerves pretty quickly. Everyone is getting drunk here too (except for Zach Cumer) and by this time theyíve lost interest. If you dig the film, watch the other commentary.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (9:36): These really fall into the gray area on whether or not they should be considered deleted or extended. They differed very little from the finished product and therefore werenít worth the time

Outtakes (9:30): These were pretty darn funny. I like Ben Affleck and watching him try to play pool and cuss up a storm was a riot. These were definitely worth a look.

Cowboy Ending (1:06): This is similar to the ending in the movie, but more of a John Wayne touch added to it. Personally, I liked this ending better and thought that it gave the film more oomph.

The Line-up (15:25): These were set up as individual featurettes, but they all cover the same thing. Each one covers a specific character and includes interviews with the actors that portrayed them. They were decent, but a little too fluffy for my taste.

Big Gun (11:54): This is similar to the previous featurette, but focuses solely on director Joe Carnahan. Heís a cool guy and he gets into talking about his film. However, most of this is redundant from the commentary.

Shoot Ďem Up (4:53): This feature focuses on the guns in the film and the various actors that used them. Most of them talk about the training they went through to use the fake guns and their experiences with them. Overall, it was an ok feature.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film wonít be a wasted rental, but Iíd put it at the bottom of the list. It has its moments, but I think most people are going to feel like they didnít get their moneyís worth. Rent at your own risk.
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