Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Smokin' Aces (2006)

IMDb plot summary: When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
Directed by Joe Carnahan. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven.

(Spoilers ahead about the ending.)

While I enjoyed the slick style of the first half or so of the movie, ultimately it just didn't hold up. There are too many plotlines for me to keep track of, I got tired of it at about the one-hour mark, and then the ending completely ditched the cheerily violent heist-like feel of the rest of the movie to go with an unnecessary plot twist and a sudden dark attempt at a moral of some sort. It was like the last 15 minutes were ripped from an entirely different movie. If it had continued like it had started, I might have at least enjoyed a satisfying ending, but this mostly made me say, "Wait, what? Where did THAT come from?"

2 stars.

Flickchart: #1174 out of 2120, which is too high because apparently several of the movies between like 1100-1400 on my list are also too high. Anyway, it's below The Rocky Horror Picture Show and above The Perfect Score.

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