History Film / SmokinAces

22nd Aug '17 7:59:44 PM marcoasalazarm
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A 2007 film, directed and written by Joe Carnahan, about the StageMagician, CasanovaWannabe, and newly turned [[TheInformant mob informant]] Buddy Israel -- a washed-up, bitter, narcissistic, alcoholic drug abuser -- who gets a million-dollar bounty on his head courtesy of mob lord Primo Sperazza. Naturally, HilarityEnsues!

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A 2007 film, directed and written by Joe Carnahan, about the StageMagician, CasanovaWannabe, and newly turned [[TheInformant mob informant]] Buddy Israel -- a washed-up, bitter, narcissistic, alcoholic drug abuser of a stage magician -- who gets a million-dollar bounty on his head courtesy of mob lord Primo Sperazza. Naturally, HilarityEnsues!



* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Only five characters live to the end.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only five characters live to the end.]]



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Agent Messner.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Agent Messner. Messner, [[spoiler:who ends up killing Sperazza and Israel by pulling their plugs when it becomes apparent in his eyes that his boss didn't cared about tossing a couple of dozen people to the slaughterhouse in order to ''maybe'' get a high-powered informant.]]



* CarnivalOfKillers

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* CarnivalOfKillersCarnivalOfKillers: And every single one of them is aiming for Israel.



* DecoyProtagonist[=/=]SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Ben Affleck's character who gets top billing but ultimately only gets to act as MrExposition before getting shot unceremoniously. By the end of the movie it's clear that the real protagonist is Agent Messner.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler: Primo Sparazza a.k.a. Freeman Heller, in deep cover since the 40's.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Agent Messner]] crosses one at the end of the movie.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Only Ivy, Georgia and Soot manage to get away (relatively) intact. Hollis, if he's lucky, will be a multiple amputee for the rest of his life. Acosta, judging by his [[FingerTwitchingRevival arm-blade being activated]] on the stretcher, ''might'' live, but is likely to be incarcerated. Sharice gets caught, and presumably killed, by the FBI while watching her partner walk out on her. Messner will most likely lose his job and/or go to jail after pulling the life support plugs. Everybody else... [[EverybodysDeadDave well]]...]]

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* DecoyProtagonist[=/=]SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Ben [[spoiler:Ben Affleck's character who gets top billing but ultimately only gets to act as MrExposition before getting shot unceremoniously. By the end of the movie it's clear that the real protagonist is Agent Messner.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler: Primo [[spoiler:Primo Sparazza a.k.a. Freeman Heller, in deep cover since the 40's.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Agent [[spoiler:Agent Messner]] crosses one at the end of the movie.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only Ivy, Georgia and Soot manage to get away (relatively) intact. Hollis, if he's lucky, will be a multiple amputee for the rest of his life. Acosta, judging by his [[FingerTwitchingRevival arm-blade being activated]] on the stretcher, ''might'' live, but is likely to be incarcerated. Sharice gets caught, and presumably killed, by the FBI while watching her partner walk out on her. Messner will most likely lose his job and/or go to jail after pulling the life support plugs. Everybody else... [[EverybodysDeadDave well]]...]]



* DualWielding

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* DualWieldingDualWielding: done constantly by the Tremor brothers.



* MasterOfDisguise: Lazlo Soot.
* MoleInCharge: It's revealed that the leader of the mob is really [[spoiler: an FBI agent who was burned by his handlers and had to become a criminal for real to survive, eventually rising up the ranks to the top position]].

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* MasterOfDisguise: Lazlo Soot.
Soot. Played with in that his disguises are shown to take a lot of time and effort to create and voice disguising is something he's not totally perfect at even when he has an idea of the voice he has to imitate, which forces him to improvise [[spoiler:when he shoots one of Buddy's henchmen and he has no idea of how he sounds like because he didn't heard him talk--fortunately said henchman was pretty much TheSilentBob of the crew.]]
* MoleInCharge: It's revealed that the leader of the mob is really [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an FBI agent who was burned by his handlers and had to become a criminal for real to survive, eventually rising up the ranks to the top position]].



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Tremors taking out the hotel security at the top floor. We only get to see the aftermath with them and Ivy.
* OnceMoreWithClarity

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Tremors taking out the hotel security at the top floor. We only get to see the aftermath with them and Ivy.
* OnceMoreWithClarityOnceMoreWithClarity: The UrbanLegend regarding Freeman Heller and the fact Sperazza killed him is finally cleared up ([[spoiler:Sperazza ''is'' Freeman Heller, and the FBI tried to kill him because they thought that he had done a FaceHeelTurn]]), as well as why Israel has become a target ([[spoiler:not because he's an informant, but because Heller/Sperazza needs a heart transplant (and Israel [[LukeIAmYourFather is Heller's illegitimate son, so he's the best chance for the transplant]]), and people on both the FBI and the Mafia mistook the talk regarding The Swede as that of an incoming hitman... well, everybody but Deputy Director Locke, who simply decided not to tell anybody.]])



* RedBaron: The Swede. [[spoiler: Everyone mistakes him as a hitman, due to his title. He's really an accomplished heart surgeon who was to be brought in after Lazlo got Buddy comatose and ready for the heart operation.]]

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* RedBaron: The Swede. [[spoiler: Everyone [[spoiler:Everyone mistakes him as a hitman, due to his title. He's really an accomplished heart surgeon who was to be brought in after Lazlo got Buddy comatose and ready for the heart operation.]]



* SmugSnake: Buddy 'Aces' Israel, in the backstory and first act of the film, was one of these, thinking that his Mafia connections (and then selling them to the cops) would provide him with an easy life. The movie then goes on to [[HumiliationConga shove humiliation down his throat like there was no tomorrow.]]

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* SmugSnake: SmugSnake:
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Buddy 'Aces' Israel, in the backstory and first act of the film, was one of these, thinking that his Mafia connections (and then selling them to the cops) would provide him with an easy life. The movie then goes on to [[HumiliationConga shove humiliation down his throat like there was no tomorrow.]]]]
** FBI Deputy Director Stanley Locke. [[BadBoss The man tosses a dozen people, including various loyal FBI agents, to the wolves]] and manipulates things so [[spoiler:Buddy Israel becomes an unwilling heart donor for Sperazza, who may (and that is a big ''may'') provide information to the Bureau as a result]]. All while remaining totally unapologetic.



* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted for [[spoiler: Darwin Tremor. Darwin ''looks'' like he's about to get away, but then he runs into Hollis on the way to his car. He apologizes for what happened to Hollis and his friends and gives him the keys to his car. Just as it looks like they'll part ways peacefully, Hollis decides to shoot Darwin anyway]].

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* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted for [[spoiler: Darwin [[spoiler:Darwin Tremor. Darwin ''looks'' like he's about to get away, but then he runs into Hollis on the way to his car. He apologizes for what happened to Hollis and his friends and gives him the keys to his car. Just as it looks like they'll part ways peacefully, Hollis decides to shoot Darwin anyway]].



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Lazlo Soot at the end, when he manages to get Israel all alone, the latter not even aware of the danger he's in, but puts his gun down and starts carefully setting up what appears to be a bunch of torture instruments, and a needle. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted. He was actually hired to knock him out and abduct him so doctors could steal his heart for a transplant; however, Soot still wastes too much time, and doesn't notice that Israel nearly commits suicide while he's doing so. On the ''other'' hand, however, at least it makes it easier for him to escape when the FBI comes in.]]

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Lazlo Soot at the end, when he manages to get Israel all alone, the latter not even aware of the danger he's in, but puts his gun down and starts carefully setting up what appears to be a bunch of torture instruments, and a needle. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted.[[spoiler:DoubleSubverted. He was actually hired to knock him out and abduct him so doctors could steal his heart for a transplant; however, Soot still wastes too much time, and doesn't notice that Israel nearly commits suicide while he's doing so. On the ''other'' hand, however, at least it makes it easier for him to escape when the FBI comes in.]]
28th May '17 11:57:16 PM RoyFlowers
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* AdvertisedExtra: Ben Affleck as Jack Dupree. [[spoiler: He's listed first in the cast and was promoted in the film's marketing, making it seem as though he would be the main character. Dupree is killed off early in the film with very little fanfare, and it's actually Ryan Reynolds' Agent Messner who is the actual protagonist.]]
24th Mar '17 4:36:35 PM eroock
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* DeadGuyPuppet: Darwin Tremor murders [[spoiler:Jack Dupree]] which is followed up by a macabre human ventriloquist dummy action with Darwin manipulating the dead [[spoiler:Dupree]]'s mouth with his hand and thumb and throwing his voice so as if to have a conversation with the recently departed.
20th Mar '17 10:04:03 PM marcoasalazarm
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* DumbMuscle: From the little we see of him, Israel's henchman Hugo(played by Creator/JoelEdgerton) acts like this.

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* DumbMuscle: From the little we see of him, Israel's henchman Hugo(played Hugo (played by Creator/JoelEdgerton) acts like this.


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* SmugSnake: Buddy 'Aces' Israel, in the backstory and first act of the film, was one of these, thinking that his Mafia connections (and then selling them to the cops) would provide him with an easy life. The movie then goes on to [[HumiliationConga shove humiliation down his throat like there was no tomorrow.]]


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* VillainousBreakdown: Buddy Israel's character arc for most of the film is this happening to him.
17th Oct '16 5:27:50 PM nombretomado
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* CerebusEnding: Anyone who thought they were watching a GuyRitchie-esque [[CarnivalOfKillers wacky-hitmen movie]] will [[MoodWhiplash be pretty surprised]] by the dark tone the eventual [[OnceMoreWithClarity exposition scene]] takes.

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* CerebusEnding: Anyone who thought they were watching a GuyRitchie-esque Creator/GuyRitchie-esque [[CarnivalOfKillers wacky-hitmen movie]] will [[MoodWhiplash be pretty surprised]] by the dark tone the eventual [[OnceMoreWithClarity exposition scene]] takes.
11th Aug '15 9:10:00 AM Morgenthaler
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokin%27_Aces_2:_Assassins%27_Ball A prequel was released]] in 2010. This time, the target is Walter Weed, a lowly desk jockey at the FBI on the verge of retirement, who is informed by his bewildered superiors that a massive price has been placed on his head, on condition that he is killed at precisely 3:00AM on April 19th, the very day he retires. He is given a team of Federal Agents as bodyguards and taken to an impenetrable underground fortress disguised as a bar, while all manner of ruthless killers converge on his location. Once again, there is a twist at the end that changes the nature of the story.

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokin%27_Aces_2:_Assassins%27_Ball A prequel prequel, ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'', was released]] released in 2010. This time, the target is Walter Weed, a lowly desk jockey at the FBI on the verge of retirement, who is informed by his bewildered superiors that a massive price has been placed on his head, on condition that he is killed at precisely 3:00AM on April 19th, the very day he retires. He is given a team of Federal Agents as bodyguards and taken to an impenetrable underground fortress disguised as a bar, while all manner of ruthless killers converge on his location. Once again, there is a twist at the end that changes the nature of the story.
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!''Assassins Ball'' provides examples of:

* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:The prequel is even worse than the first movie. It introduces several new characters who don't appear or were even mentioned in the original film (except Lester Tremor and Lazlo Soot, [[ForegoneConclusion obviously]]). Besides those two, only ''two'' characters survive the bloodbath in the film.]]
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Finbar immediately susses that Ariella is another assassin, and that most of the people in the bar are feds.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Weed put the hit out on ''himself''. He's actually a terrorist mastermind who used his mid level desk job to plot attacks and murders abroad, and used a number of lethal assassins to do it. The entire film is a ploy to get the assassins killed and fake his death to cover his own tracks.]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Tremors. Emphasis on "big" since Lester is the only one who is in both films; the other three are his brother, sister and dad.
* {{Expy}}: Finbar [=McTeague=] is essentially Pasquale Acosta from the first film; both are [[TortureTechnician coldly professional torturers]] with nicknames who are in it for the money, both of whom disguise themselves as FBI Agents.
* ForegoneConclusion: As its a prequel, Lester Tremor and Lazlo Soot are both guaranteed to survive.
* GlasgowSmile: Again, Lazlo.
* GunsAkimbo
* HiddenVillain
* HistoricalRapSheet: The film implies that the CorruptHick [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazi]] Tremor family was the ''real'' perpetrator of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_11,_2004_Madrid_attacks March 11, 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid]], as part of a world-wide campaign of terror orchestrated by BigBad "Hal Leuco".
* KicktheDog: The Tremors' firing exploding clowns out of a circus cannon.
* KissOfDeath: Ariella Martinez's speciality.
* MasterOfDisguise: Still Lazlo Soot.
* ObfuscatingDisability
* OutlawCouple: Finbar convinces Ariella to [[VillainTeamUp team up]] once he informs her the bar they are in is crawling with Federal Agents. [[spoiler: They both die, but Ariella removes her poisoned lips to let Finbar kiss her, suggesting they had fallen for each other.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner[=/=]BondOneLiner: Kaitlyn Tremor does both in one scene, going so far as to {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the latter trope.
-->''Dismissed!''\\
'''[shoots her sailor lover]'''\\
''Gonna make this joke about you shooting your load and then me shooting you, but it wasn't as good as "dismissed."''
* ShroudedInMyth: Hal Lueco
* TortureTechnician: Finbar [=McTeague=], aka "The Surgeon".
* UsualSuspectsEnding: Subverted. [[spoiler: Weed is shot by Baker in the middle of doing this.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted once again. Right when it looks like [[spoiler:Weed/Leuco]] is about to make a standard, clean getaway at the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Baker comes from nowhere and shoots him through the windshield.]] Doubles as SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.
3rd Aug '15 4:03:33 PM Shaorai217
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* DumbMuscle: From the little we see of him, Israel's henchman Hugo(played by Creator/JoelEdgerton) acts like this.
23rd Jun '15 9:57:48 AM Dannykat
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* CerebusEnding: anyone who thought they were watching a GuyRitchie-esque [[CarnivalOfKillers wacky-hitmen movie]] will [[MoodWhiplash be pretty surprised]] by the dark tone the eventual [[OnceMoreWithClarity exposition scene]] takes.

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* CerebusEnding: anyone Anyone who thought they were watching a GuyRitchie-esque [[CarnivalOfKillers wacky-hitmen movie]] will [[MoodWhiplash be pretty surprised]] by the dark tone the eventual [[OnceMoreWithClarity exposition scene]] takes.
20th Jun '15 1:16:49 PM Dannykat
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'''Tremor:''' I'll bet you are!

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'''Tremor:''' '''Darwin Tremor:''' I'll bet you are!
20th Jun '15 1:16:32 PM Dannykat
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-->'''Georgia:''' ... I'm Going down.\\
'''Tremor:''' I'll Bet you are!

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-->'''Georgia:''' ... I'm Going going down.\\
'''Tremor:''' I'll Bet bet you are!
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