Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Orange On the Aisle: Smokin' Aces

I saw Smokin' Aces a while ago (and again recently), and thought it was a completely ridiculous story told in a hyper-kinetic, over the top style by director Joe Carnahan. But you know it's ridiculous going in, so don't sweat it. Sit back and enjoy the madness.

This guy gives a better review than I could, so peep that. For a movie that looks super violent in the trailer — and be assured, it is that violent — I have to agree with the observation on how death is handled. Instead of the "spoiler" scene the reviewer describes as his favorite (which is good), I'd side with the Jason Bateman scene. Genius.

If you see the trailer or the teasers at Carnahan's site and aren't pumped to see it, don't. Because what you see is what you get. If you think it looks cool, you'll probably like it.

By the way, Jeremy Piven's performance will make you never want to do drugs. And did I mention Alicia Keys as a hitwoman? Come on, how could you not like that movie?

— 3.5 out of 5 Matthew Fox hairdos

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