Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball
Walter Weed is a low-lever FBI clerk who has done nothing special in his life, but when the Bureau finds out someone but a 3 million dollar bounty on his head, all eyes turn towards him and Agent Baker gets assigned to protect Walter as well as find out why exactly Weed is worth that much money dead. Meanwhile the most insane assassins in the world are preparing to fulfil their task and make sure Weed is all but alive when the deadline arrives.
Sound and Vision:
Just like the original Smokin’ Aces we get a very stylized movie but this time several scenes are way too soft and lack detail. Other scenes are almost reference material though, but overall it can’t compete with other releases on Blu-ray we’ve seen pass by.
The sound comes over a bit uneven. While most of the time we get a very active and dynamic track with plenty of stuff happening all around (with good use of the surround speakers and subwoofer) certain parts feel a bit empty. Also the voices don’t always seem on the same level as the action, eventhough they remain clear and understandable.
– Audio Commentary track
– Behind the Scenes with Joe Carnahan
– Confessions of an Assassin
– Ready, Aim, Fire: The Weapons of ‘Smokin’ Aces 2′
– Cue the Clown
– The Bunker Mentality: Designing the Set
– Deleted Scenes
– Gag Reel
A nice package of extras for the fans
Joe Carnahan, writer and director of the first Smokin’ Aces returns with this pre/sequel but left the director’s chair to P.J. Pesce who’s made a name for himself as sequel director with movies like From Dusk till Dawn 3 and Lost Boys: The Tribe. If you’ve seen the above mentioned movies, you’ll know that Pesce isn’t the best director in the world and neither is this movie. While the first was an amusing ballet of bullets that had additionally also some comedy and a pretty good cast, this one has Vinnie Jones and Tom Berenger playing characters that you’ll forget the second you’ve finished watching, no good jokes, a couple of really annoying characters and nothing really to keep you interested.
The story, written by Carnahan, is chaotic and doesn’t seem to make much sense, the plot twist can be seen coming from miles away and for the rest it’s just watching and waiting for the dust to settle with hardly anything passing by that will heighten your interest.
Smokin’ Aces 2 is boring and even if you’re a fan of the first movie, I would definitely suggest to first rent before actually spending money on this one.