Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball movie full length review - Smokin' Bad.
A few years ago, I was in a dutch cinema watching Smokin' Aces 1. Being unable to keep me glued to the screen, I decided to go for a quick pee as the pint of soda was becoming an increasing threat to the condition of the pair of pants I was wearing at that time.
After coming back from the bathroom, I noticed I missed the final four minutes of the movie. After checking with the mates I was with, I concluded that I did not miss anything important, as SA 1 was not relying on the plot to be a satisfying movie. SA 1 got it's potential from the crazy action scenes, which were quite impressive with proper effects and a very decent blow-me-away factor, and from the variety of crazy-ass assassins which were actually quite convincing in what they were supposed to bring to the movie.
Expecting the same level and sort of entertainment from Smokin' Aces 2, I anxiously began watching this sequel. And boy was I disappointed.
I'll start my little rant with the special effects. As in every action movie, SA 2 has quite some explosion packed sequences that are supposed to make your pupils shrink to bits and your eardrums tremble in fear. Unfortunately, a four year old yelling ''BANG'' while clapping it's hands has a lot more impact. The fire and debris are glued into the image in a way that makes you wonder if they had just finished reading up on ''Microsoft Paint for Dummies''. The sound effects in the gunfight are easily inferior to your new year's eve popping of champagne bottle corks, whereas I'd really like to know who had the brilliant idea to make victims to poisoning instantly turn orange.
Next up is the story. Or wait, there was no story. There was however some gibberish throughout the movie about some assassins, some random guy they want to kill, and the same random guy who turns out to be the bad guy in the end. But we don't get to know that before we are being witness to the shameless abuse of some awful events that took place in the real world(ie. the Madrid train bombing and the torturing of prisoners in the Abu-Ghraib prison) in a fruitless attempt to add some spice and depth to the story.
Throughout it's length, the film tries to acquire the same bizarre feeling and atmosphere that it predecessor had, but fails miserably. The NeoNazi family fails at being funny, Vinnie Jones is nowhere near as mad as he was in Snatch, and the disguising silent assassin is downright silly where it seemingly tries to be dark and mysterious.
In short, SA2 tries to be everything SA1 was, but fails miserably at it, and shows every sign of being a low-budget sequel that has been brought to life with the sole purpose of milking as much money as possible from the success of it's predecessor.