Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball

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The director of Smokin’ Aces and Narc brings you back into the adrenaline-pumping world of blood, bullets and badasses. Packed with insane mercenaries, sexy assassins, and more of the fan-favorite Tremor family, this all-new explosive film tells the story of a low-level FBI agent with a high-price on his head! May the best hit man survive!… More >>

Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball

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  1. I Wish I didn’t buy the 2 pack from Best Buy because Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball is nothing like the first one. Blu-Ray quality is fine but the movie itself is terrible. Oh well. What a waste…lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Awful. A total waste of time. If you want clever big screen action, watch “The Tournament” with Kelly Hu instead.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Did we really need another Smokin’ Aces movie? If the answer is yes, I would have rather seen it done by the original film’s director, Joe Carnahan (Narc, the upcoming big screen take of The A-Team), who for this direct to DVD prequel instead serves as co-plotter and executive producer. Like the original film, Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball revolves a singular target (Tom Berenger) who is being gunned for by an assortment of assassins. Among them are a ghastly killer dubbed “The Surgeon” (Vinnie Jones), a seductive woman (Martha Higareda), the Tremor clan (Michael Parks, Autumn Reeser, and the returning Maury Sterling as Lester), and the master of disguise Lazlo (Tommy Flanagan). Directed by P.J. Pesce, who has helmed many direct to DVD sequels including Lost Boys: The Tribe and Sniper 3, Smokin’ Aces 2 has a little bit of the kinetic energy that made the original fun, but not nearly enough to keep it afloat. The action scenes are stale, as is much of the acting, and the film’s big moment twist is kind of predictable, yet it’s final frame manages to be pretty satisfying. All in all, if you loved Smokin’ Aces, Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball is definitely worth a look at the least, but you pretty much know what you’re getting into here regardless.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Having been a huge fan of the original Smokin Aces, I had high hopes for this. I was a little skeptical of the fact that it failed to land a theatrical release, but the trailer looked good so I went ahead and bought it.

    Unfortunately, I was hugely disappointed. The acting is mostly very bad, the story is convoluted and nonsensical, and the few special effects included are terrible (explosions look like they were taken straight out of a video game). It’s clear that they tried to capture the spirit and intensity of the first movie, with numerous characters and stylized cinematography, but without the budget, it just comes off looking like crap. There were too many characters for a movie this short (88 mins), so they all came off underdeveloped. The tremors were okay, even though only one from the original was included, and Autumn Reeser, one of the few standouts in the film, was excellent in the crazy white trash bitch role, as well as incredibly sexy in scant clothing the whole time. The movie would have been a lot better if she’d been featured more heavily, but really she doesn’t have much to do. Vinnie Jones also does an excellent job, considering the low quality of the material, but he’s in the movie for maybe five minutes total, same for Tommy Flanagan (Soot). The other female assasin, Martha Higareda, is given kind of a cool introduction, but again doesn’t have much to do afterwards, and is honestly not a very good actress.

    The major pitfall of this movie is that the characters who are really at the center of it, all the FBI guys, are so boring, especially when compared to the assassins, that you just don’t really care about them. Tom Berenger gives a suitably bland performance as the bureau desk jockey who clearly has some deeper stuff going on, and there’s some nobody actor trying to fill the Ryan Reynolds role who is just as bland, though not intentionally. There are also a few other FBI characters who I can’t even remember, despite having seen the movie about an hour ago.

    Overall, if you were a fan of the original, I would strongly suggest you rent this, just to see it once, but don’t make my mistake of paying 20 bucks for it. I give it the second star just for Autumn Reeser and Vinnie Jones.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Lots of questions out there about the whole prequel/sequel argument and the inevitable comparisons between the two films, but in the end this is really about Carnahan having a fun time indulging the premise of his success by making another film (have to watch the supplements).

    The story contains two characters from the first film, but there is no other other connection and each of them only have bit parts that provide a few laughs so watching the first film is not mandatory to get anything happening here. The FBI protects one of their own from a conglomerate of assassins, all of whom get their chance to display their special skills. Tom Berenger plays the FBI target, and he does play his age but I really only liked his last scene. Vinnie Jones gets some corny screen time, the Tremors are way over the top and the majority of their scenes were filmed like Natural Born Killers (fake backgrounds while driving). The film does get some stand-alone uniqueness with exploding clowns and a 50s retro FBI fashion look, but the cheese gets pretty heavy.

    The BD clarity is excellent, so much so that when they tried any special effects they looked horrible, but both the interior and exterior shots without effects were pristine. The 5.1 DTS gets used extensively, reference the exploding clowns through the walls sequence. The makeup looked so thick on Berenger that you sometimes wished the BD wasn’t so clear. The supplements are thorough and include (some are hidef and some are not):

    * Deleted scenes, 10:01 minutes. Glad most of them were deleted, this also includes the alternate ending – but I think most people will agree the ending included is much better (a revenge thing for how this whole movie was written).

    * Gag reel, 6:32 minutes. Had a couple of funny moments, but they were mostly tedious (watching the FBI gal repeatedly cuss like a sailor was funny though).

    * Behind Carnahan, 6:30 minutes. Covers everything about Smokin Aces I, and a little about why this came to be.

    * Confessions of an Assassin, 25:59 minutes. The behind the scenes as told through the month of filming (in a day by day format). The two things I liked about this the most were the old guy Michael Parks who plays one of the Tremors and the foul mouthed producer Elliot. Both of those guys are hilarious, hard to tell with Parks but I think he was genuinely pissed off anytime a camera was rolling. Elliot slammed everything I hate about these kinds of documentaries so the self-loathing thing worked well.

    * Weapons of SA II, 4:17 minutes. The main weapons guy reviews the variety of armaments in the film.

    * Cue Clown, 2:57 minutes. Reviews how you make an exploding clown scene, gross.

    * Bunker Mentality, 3:35 minutes. Reviews production design and construction for the best set in the film – nice room.

    * pocketBlu. More iPhone/iPod stuff for portable fans.

    * BD Live, nothing relative or new to this film online.

    * Unrated version, 2 minutes longer. The majority of the added footage is in the beginning as they removed the sex scene from the rated cut – you get to see AK-47 Tremor do her very wild thing sans clothing, worth the watch.

    Once you watch the supplements one should understand this was about having fun and putting some cheese on film. The critics who slam this film are all correct, but having no expectations helps. 2 for the film, 2 for the BD clarity and supplements. Enjoy.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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