Published: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 10:33 p.m.
In a cross between The Godfather and The F.B.I., mob boss Primo Sparazza pays top dollar for the heart of Buddy ‘Aces’ Israel, a famous Las Vegas showman and former ally of the mob. Smokin’ Aces recounts the action packed story of the race to end Israel’s life.
On his deathbed, Sparazza sends out the order for Israel’s life. Once word of Sparazzas’ wish gets out, hit men, bounty hunters, gangsters and a mysterious Swiss man, race to Reno for an easy way to make a million dollars.
In an intricate plot that leaves action buffs clinging to the edges of their seats, the films’ cast is packed with impressive actors including Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven, all of whom play their parts to perfection.
Israel stakes out in a Reno hotel penthouse, basking in the pleasures of money, women, and drugs for the last time. While at the hotel he begins to realize the negative direction in which his life is about to turn. Bloodthirsty killers will stop at nothing to get their money, even if it means annihilating everyone in their path.
Insight to the past (of the fictional portrayal of the F.B.I.) allows the audience to piece the movie together and understand the relationship between Sparazza, Israel and the “Feds.” The movie does a good job in keeping the viewers hooked until the end, with witty remarks amidst the bloodshed and rampant gunshots. The last fifteen minutes of the film really tie the story together, and make Smokin’ Aces a film well worth seeing.
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