86 Min. | Action – Comedy – Crime | January 2010
IMDB Rating: 5.1
Director: P.J. Pesce
Staring: Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Tommy Flanagan
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball Review: In Smokin’ Aces II, various professional killers are offered 3 million to kill some wheelchair-bound midlevel FBI analyst by 3 am. The FBI finds out about the plot and mounts an operation to transport him and keep him safe in an underground bunker. For some reason this bunker is in a not so good neighborhood, under a Jazz club. The FBI stations agents in a motel across the street, 2 snipers on a roof, and an agent at the front door disguised as a panhandler. The owner of the club and trumpet player of the band is also an FBI agent. Going after the money are assorted brilliant killers – a hot Latin chick, a family of rednecks, a master of disguise and a meticulous Vinnie Jones character. They all converge on the club and massive firefights and explosions erupt.
In Smokin’ Aces 2, every killer has his own strategy. Vinnie and the chick pretend to be patrons at the bar, the master of disguise already has taken on the persona of one of the FBI agents. And the rednecks show up later for the party with their own brand of violence. Meanwhile the agent in charge Baker with a team of females try to research who is behind this and why. He also talks to the potential victim at length to find out why he is being targeted. The victim, who is good at card tricks has no idea why he was chosen. But Baker’s team finds out that the villain who has hired the killers is called Hal Leuco. He was involved somehow in something called Operation True Patriot which in turn had something to do with various attacks against the West as a response, blowback, for brutal operation perpetrated by the West in the Middle East.
The resolution of all this will turn out to be not just interesting story-wise but also lots of fun to see. In particular the Tremor family is colorful, has some original ways of doing mayhem and we learn most about them as well. A bit, but not enough, is told about the other killers. One problem with Smokin’ Aces 2 is the setting in the bunker at night. Stuff going on in bunkers for hours isn’t visually all that interesting. Autumn Reeser is very watchable though. Overall, an action movie that’s a lot of fun to see and with a smart story.