SMOKIN' ACES

Unfocused Mayhem

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Release Date: January 26, 2007

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Alicia Keyes, Ben Affleck, Common, and Jason Bateman

Genre: Crime Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Joe Carnahan

Executive Producer: Robert Graf and Liza Chasin

Producer: Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

Writer: Joe Carnahan

Address Comments To:

Bob Wright, Chairman/CEO
NBC Universal
(A division of General Electric)
Ron Meyer, President/COO
Universal Studios
Marc Shmuger, Chairman
David Linde, Co-Chairman
Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, P, AP, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview stressing carnage over thought, with confused moral thinking, plus FBI agents are seen as positive but FBI bureaucracy is not, and minor homosexual elements; at least 217 mostly strong obscenities, nine strong profanities, three light profanities, and a couple obscene gestures; ultra-violent carnage with lots of blood includes a drive by shooting, intense brutal gunfights, murder and mayhem, man has had most fingers on one hand shot off, stabbings, and a euthanasia issue comes up but there are other over-riding issues regarding it having to do with a secret plot twist; brief crude sex talk, gangster's penthouse is full of tired prostitutes from a night of partying and sex, gangster orders more fresh prostitutes to his penthouse, implied lesbian relationship between two female hitmen, and two men wrestle in an implied sadomasochistic homosexual way; upper and rear female nudity when woman wakes up and is told to get dressed, and some upper male nudity; alcohol use and implied alcohol use, and minor character is drunk and claims to suffer from alcoholism; smoking, depicted cocaine use in one scene, and lots of references to gangster's cocaine habit during two days' of partying; and, mafia hitmen play a major role in the story, hitmen pose as other people including security guards and FBI men, FBI bureaucracy is keeping a dark secret and decides on a morally questionable plan of action.

Summary:

SMOKIN' ACES is an ultra-violent crime thriller about a team of FBI agents and a group of hitmen trying to get to a Mafia gangster, who has agreed to become a government witness. As a crime thriller, SMOKIN' ACES is not playing with a full deck. It settles for carnage over thoughtful suspense and action, and contains plenty of immoral content, including abundant foul language.

Review:

SMOKIN' ACES is an ultra-violent crime thriller about a Las Vegas magician, Buddy "Aces" Israel, who has been dabbling in gangster plots with the last big Mafia boss. After his gangster career goes south, the magician decides to turn state's evidence for the FBI. Two FBI agents lead a team to pick up Buddy at his secret Lake Tahoe penthouse, but they learn that the Mafia boss and his buddies have put out a million dollar contract on Buddy. Hordes of wild and wooly hitmen show up on at Buddy's location. Tremendous violence ensues.

As a crime thriller, SMOKIN' ACES is not playing with a full deck. The filmmakers settle for violent carnage and R-rated satire over thoughtful suspense and action. A host of star cameos, led by Ben Affleck, divide the viewer's attention. Also, a major plot twist at the end is confusing, poorly done and makes the FBI bureaucracy look evil. The movie's unfocused mayhem is accompanied by more than 220 most strong obscenities and profanities, as well as brief sex content, brief nudity and many references to Buddy's cocaine habit. All in all, the movie's perspective is pretty abhorrent. SMOKIN' ACES may be flush with box office change in its first weekend, but don't expect it to stay around long for the whole game.

In Brief:

SMOKIN' ACES is an ultra-violent crime thriller about a Las Vegas magician, Buddy "Aces" Israel, who has been dabbling in gangster plots with the last big Mafia boss. After his gangster career goes south, the magician decides to turn state's evidence for the FBI. Two FBI agents lead a team to pick up Buddy at his secret Lake Tahoe penthouse, but they learn that the Mafia boss and his buddies have put out a million dollar contract on Buddy. Hordes of wild and wooly hitmen show up on at Buddy's location. Tremendous violence ensues.

As a crime thriller, SMOKIN' ACES is not playing with a full deck. The filmmakers settle for violent carnage and R-rated satire over thoughtful suspense and action. A host of star cameos, led by Ben Affleck, divide the viewer's attention. Also, a major plot twist at the end is confusing, poorly done and makes the FBI look evil. The movie's unfocused mayhem is accompanied by more than 220 most strong obscenities and profanities, as well as brief sex content, brief nudity and many references to Buddy's cocaine habit. All in all, the movie's perspective is pretty abhorrent.