Watch: Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: 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.
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A weak attempt to cash in on the original Smokin’ Aces
Joe Carnahan’s original Smokin’ Aces was received with mixed feelings but a very fine piece of entertainment in itself. The original owed a lot to black crime comedies in the style of Guy Ritchie.
This sequel/prequel/crapquel is only produced by Carnahan. He passes the directing helm to P.J. Pesce. A quick look at this “director” credit list on IMDb will tell you exactly what to expect. Assassin’s Ball is diluted in every way imaginable. First, it is only very loosely connected to the original. One can guess the superb and eclectic cast from the original was probably not easy to secure and so, in an attempt to cash in, they came up with a pitiful excuse of a story which tries to keep the theme of assassins all after the same target. But the story brings nothing new and is in fact inferior. The new characters are dumbed down versions of the old ones and the acting quality is also down from he previous effort.
There are sequences in this film that will make you cringe. For instance, a man is shot and the cheap-o blood splatter digital effect goes in an absolutely WRONG, gravity and logic- defying direction. And this single example encapsulates the weak sense of direction on display here.
How could the producer, a man who has shot miraculously cool indie flicks and also a masterpiece such as Narc actually OK any of this? Did Carnahan just cash the check and not control the quality here?
My other reviews will demonstrate I rarely am emotional about films when I review them but here, I must point out how disappointed I am with Assassin’s Ball. Although the original was not greatness on film, it had heart, quality direction and a certain unique quality to it. How can Carnahan, who once was headed to great things after Narc, be reduced to a producer role on such garbage? This once great director saw several of his rumored projects scrapped, given to others or go in limbo.
I once felt he would be one of the next great directors and writers of Hollywood but with this offering, I now have serious doubt about Carnahan and he no longer resides on my “must see” list. As for director Pesce, this is without a doubt the last movie from this guy I ever watch.
I’m giving it a 3 solely because of the few entertaining bits they sucked from the original.
Bad, But Not So Bad It’s Good.
What an awful film, the whole concept was absurd. It’s one of the dumbest movies I’ve seen and the way they tried to dress it up as some ‘Usual Suspects’ style work of genius was laughable. Everything to do with the four morons in the truck (especially the clowns) would ruin any film and the plot was full of holes. Wilful suspension of disbelief is one thing but this required suspension of all intelligence.
There are none of the big stars of the first movie. Vinnie Jones, who’s improving as an actor and I want to like, still cannot deliver a line without sounding like he’s reading it from a script for the first time and Tom Berenger is clearly desperate to be accepted by Hollywood again if he is taking parts like this. I bet he was very well behaved on set this time.
Bizarrely though, this had one of the best last ten seconds of a movie I’ve ever seen, which is all that stopped me giving it a rating of one but by then the film was beyond redemption and it was wasted. If it had been put on the end of a decent film it would have gone down as one of the all time classic endings, it was that good an idea. Now it will just be forgotten on the end of a bit of straight to DVD garbage, which is nothing short of tragic.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (unrated)
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Director P.J. Pesce
Writer Olatunde Osunsanmi (screenplay), Olumide Odebunmi (screenplay), Tom Abrams (screenplay), P.J. Pesce (screenplay), Olatunde Osunsanmi (story), Olumide Odebunmi (story), Joe Carnahan (story), Joe Carnahan (characters)
Actors Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Tommy Flanagan, Maury Sterling
Country USA, Canada
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Panavision Genesis HD Camera
Laboratory Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver, Canada (dailies services and transfers)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format HDCAM-SR
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), HDCAM SR (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format N/A