Smokin' Aces is Tarantino lite - a vague and unsuccessful attempt to bring together a bunch of offbeat, unrelated characters in a situation where a bloody resolution is inescapable. The characters are uniformly uninteresting - a bunch of ill-defined caricatures who never attain even a semblance of identity. The undercurrent of dark humor is rarely amusing and the screenplay's supposed cleverness is rarely ingenious. The setup takes too long and the resolution is a letdown. The movie demands an attentive audience to follow the diverse characters and plot threads but, in the end, it fails to reward that attention. The story concerns Vegas lounge performer Buddy Israel Jeremy Piven , who has information critical to bringing down a mob boss. Buddy has his own small army of protectors but they may be outmanned and outgunned by the legions of hitmen approaching his penthouse apartment. There is some good news for Buddy - since each of them wants the money, they have no problem eliminating one another on the way to the prize. The implicit promise of a movie like this is that there will be a big twist at the end that leaves us smirking at the film's audacity.
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Smokin' Aces is a dark comedy action thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The film centers on the chase for Las Vegas magician turned mafia informant Buddy "Aces" Israel Jeremy Piven , on whom a one-million-dollar bounty is placed. Henson , Ray Liotta , Chris Pine , and Matthew Fox , all co-starring as the various individuals attempting to either capture or protect Israel. Smokin' Aces was the official acting debut of Keys and Common. It received generally mixed reviews, and was a commercial success. Pesce and produced and co-written by Carnahan. Agents Richard Messner and Donald Carruthers learn that ailing mob boss Primo Sparazza has issued a bounty on Israel worth one million dollars, and involving a mysterious assassin known only as The Swede, stipulating that he will bring Sparazza Israel's heart. A number of assassins also seek the reward, including Lazlo Soot, who specializes in disguises and impersonations; Sharice Watters and Georgia Sykes, two hitwomen hired by Sparazza's underboss ; Pasquale Acosta, a calm torture expert and mercenary; and the psychotic neo-Nazi Tremor brothers, Darwin, Jeeves, and Lester.