Smokin’ Aces (2006)

Joe Carnahan made a bit of a splash with Narc a few years back, and has been rewarded here with a bigger budget and cast. He’s also chosen to make a more adventurous movie  stylistically, coming across like a US Guy Ritchie at times, except not quite as annoying.

Jeremy Piven plays a gangster turned FBI witness, who becomes the target of myriad hitmen of all shapes, sizes and genders. It’s definitely a blokes movie, featuring snappy dialogue, huge guns and lots of ‘unnecessary’ sex and violence. It didn’t do that well at the box office but apparently is selling in huge numbers on DVD; I suspect it’s being watched just after closing time, when I’m sure it will appear nearly perfect.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

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