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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.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 204247386
UPC 025193226723
UPC 14 00025193226723
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Affleck,Ben
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Cast & Crew
Alicia Keys - Actor
Andy Garcia - Actor
Ben Affleck - Actor
Clint Mansell - Original Music By
Common - Actor
Jason Bateman - Actor
Jeremy Piven - Actor
Joe Carnahan - Director
Joe Carnahan - Writer
Maria L. Baker - Art Director
Mauro Fiore - Cinematographer
Ray Liotta - Actor
Robert Frazen - Editor
Robert Graf - Executive Producer
Ryan Reynolds - Actor
Tim Bevan - Producer
Review Smokin' Aces is a hilarious, kinetic action movie that feels like the climactic hotel shoot-out in True Romance, only stretched out and sustained for two hours. Like True Romance's screenwriter, Quentin Tarantino, Smokin' Aces auteur Joe Carnahan seems to have a central nervous system that runs about twice as rapidly as any normal human being's. His film contains over a dozen major characters, and as many crisscrossing storylines, all of which are hyper-violent and giddily profane. But this isn't one of those ensemble movies where the audience gets bored during some subplots and waits impatiently for others to resume--all of the characters are equally colorful and compelling, and Carnahan builds a lot of momentum by cutting back and forth between their adventures. He also keeps the action surprisingly clear, partly through a fluid camera approach that depends on long, elaborately choreographed takes.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Smokin' Aces" blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome. Style and attitude, pegged to a baroque plot concerning an FBI plan to snare a key mob witness that attracts a virtual convention of world-class killers, burns up a lot of screen time but amounts to little more than some sensational scenes...Watching all these moving parts approach their target can be giddy fun, especially since Carnahan knows where to place his camera and, with editor Robert Frazen, when to cut for maximum effect. For sheer visceral buzz from opening to mid-section, pic delivers a lot of kick...Carnahan's direction particularly well serves the effectively hyper Piven, Liotta, Affleck, Carbonell and Keys, who brims with sexy confidence.
Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Affleck,Ben
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...[a] gangland freak-show thrill ride...directed by the gifted Joe Carnahan (Narc)...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...shamelessly and unapologetically a guy movie. It's lewd, crude and loaded with shootouts...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer pumped up, manic and mayhem-packed that it practically shoots sweat off the screen.

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