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Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball
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01.19.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
P.J Pesce

Actors:
Tom Berenger
Vinnie Jones

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a multi-million dollar contract is put out on an aging FBI analyst (Tom Berenger), a young FBI agent (Clayne Crawford) must protect the target from a group of psychotic, highly skilled assassins.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
First thingís first; I didnít particularly like the original SMOKINí ACES. Going in, I expected it to be extraordinary, as Carnahanís NARC is one of the best cop films to come out in the last twenty years. That, and his BMW short, TICKER, proved that Carnahan was no slouch when it came to crafting an exciting action sequence, so I figured ACES would be a kickass ride.

Alas, the film totally fell flat for me, and when I heard they were doing a direct-to-DVD sequel, I did not have particularly high hopes. Not helping matters was the fact that P.J Pesce was at the helm. He seems to be the go-to guy for DTV sequels, having previously shot FROM DUSK TILLí DAWN: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY, and LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE.

SMOKINí ACES 2 manages to be even worse than the original, as that at least had some clever dialogue, a solid musical score, and a kickass final shoot-out. The sporadic shoot-outs in this are tepid, and nothing you havenít seen a thousand times before, and the screenplay is totally by-the-numbers, although I liked the idea of the target being a seemingly harmless old man.

Probably the only thing noteworthy about ASSASSINSí BALL, are a couple of the more interesting cast choices. Berengerís solid as the analyst/ target, and Michael Parks (from KILL BILL) makes an awesome patriarch for the Tremor Clan (this is a prequel). I also thought Vinnie Jones fuckiní kicked ass in this, but sadly his screen-time is limited (he should have been the lead). I also liked the sexy female assassin, played by Latina hottie Martha Higareda- who luckily spends most of her time walking around in sexy black lingerie. It was also nice seeing the always cool Ernie Hudson pop up for a cameo, but his appearance towards the end is ruined by a ridiculous final twist thatís incredibly derivative of THE USUAL SUSPECTS.

THE EXTRAS
Being a Univeral title, you predictably get an UNRATED version of the film , but I wonder why they even bothered doing a soft R-Rated version (which is also on the disc), as itís not like this ever hit theaters. In addition, we get the standard directorís commentary with Pesce, as well as deleted scenes , and a gag reel .

Next up, we get a slew of featurettes, the centerpiece being the Confessions of an Assassin EPK. Next up, Behind the Scenes With Joe Carnahan , where he looks back at the original, and explains why he made the sequel (turns out, the original, while modestly successful in theaters, made a mint on DVD). Ready, Aim... Fire! is a look at the weaponry used in the film, and finally we get The Bunker Mentality - which explains how the climactic shootout was done.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All in all, SMOKINí ACES 2 is just another shitty DTV sequel, somewhat re-deemed by Vinnie Jones- who NEEDS his own action vehicle- pronto!
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