Review: Smokin’ Aces

Review: “Smokin’ Aces”
Run time: 1:49

Buddy “Aces” Israel is a Vegas entertainer turned small-time mobster who has turned government informant. A $1 million hit has been put out on his head before he can testify and go into witness protection, but the contractors want his heart, too. The hit goes out and every freelance killer/psychopath wants in on the deal, and once word hits the street he’s holed up in the Presidential Suite of the Nomad Hotel in Reno, the race is on and the first one to smoke “Aces” gets the loot. It’s sort of like “Cannonball Run”, but for contract killers. Who gets the cash? Do the Feds get there in time to pull him out? Why did Affleck decide to grow that ‘stache?

We went and I was almost positive Melinda was going to hate this movie, but about 2/3 of the way thorugh she leaned over and gave me the thumbs up. The cast is large and pretty impressive (in the order of remembrence, not importance): Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Peter Berg, Alicia Keys, Common, and a funny cameo by Matthew Fox.

It’s not a date movie, but it is a fun time even if the ending seemed convoluted. No poker jokes here, just a solid 3.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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