Monday, June 21, 2010
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010)
Walter Weed is an unassuming desk jockey at the FBI when the Bureau uncovers a plot to assassinate him. A team of degenerate, psychotic assassins dispatched by mystery man Hal Leuco to win a huge bounty includes a resourceful beauty who has a unique method of killing her prey, a power-tool wielding psychopath and a deadly master of disguise.
Nowhere near as good as the original, this prequel has quite a few holes in the story, with it's greatest flaw being that it's immediately obvious who the "bad" bad guy is. Yeah, it's fun to look at, great sets, colorful costumes, etc. But the final scene is all that saves the film.
Forget comparing it to the original Smokin' Aces. It just doesn't have the quality of the "omg" moment at the end. The final seconds of the film is the part I recommend. This movie is okay. It has the shoot out's, government twists and hitmen. If you've seen the original Smokin' Aces, then you're weary of the characters from the beginning and you know one character's fate for this film. On its own, it is not a bad film. Watch it if you feel like a good shoot out movie. I recommend it for that. But if you're going into it wanting the twists and excitement like the original, be well aware that it is just not up to par.