Just got in from Smokin’ Aces, boy are they selling that film incorrectly.
First, let me describe the emotions it leaves with me, profound despondency and deeply unsettled.
Now, if you have seen the trailer, you might be expecting an action comedy. If you are and don’t want this do be spoiled; go ahead and browse away.
Are they Gone?
First of all, it’s brutal. Brutal in so many ways, violent and energetic. Characters are named, built, then blown away. Affleck is good in it, with a decent “superfans” Chicago accent. Ryan Reynolds is great, really. All of that potential that he showed in his previous roles is up there on the screen, he’s excellent as the Junior FBI agent. Jeremy Piven is absolutely a star in this flick, conflicted, burnt, strung out and at wits end. Jason Batemen makes a great cameo as a lawyer with some serious personal issues.
There is mayhem, twists and blood. Buckets of blood. Blood everywhere. Violent scenes that happen so abruptly you can’t imagine where they came from.
I’m still reeling. I was exhausted by some of it.