Jeremy Piven plays Buddy “Aces” Israel, a former Vegas performer who has holed up in the penthouse suite of a Lake Tahoe casino after what seems like half the planet decides they want him dead. The reason for this blood-lust stems from Israel’s dalliances with the mob, who have put a $1 million price tag on his head after discovering he is about to tell all to the feds. The only people who don’t want to put a premature end to Israel’s life are two FBI agents, played by Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta, and their boss, Andy Garcia. As various assassins attempt to put an end to Israel’s pitiful existence, a parade of celebrity cameos ensues, including Alicia Keys, Common, Ben Affleck, and Jason Bateman.
I thought this movie was decent. The only thing I didn’t like about it was there were too many cast members to keep up with. You couldn’t keep up with who’s who. The storyline was easy to follow because everyone was after the same thing. There was a lot of action in this movie, but not until about the midway point. The movie starts off slow to introduce everyone and explaining the storyline.
I thought all of the actors and actresses did a great job on their roles and characters. I didn’t have any complaints about anyone. Even, the hyperactive kid did a nice job, on his part of the movie.
There were a few scenes where it turned comedy but it wasn’t much. Most of the movie was more serious than anything else.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely worth seeing. Just make sure to expect a boring beginning, when they’re explaining everything. There were a few moments where I wanted to turn the movie off, from it being slow, but I’m happy I did watch it all the way through.
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