Source: Catholic News Service
Violent dark action comedy about a mob-connected Las Vegas conjuror, Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven), who, having cut a deal to turn witness against his underworld associates, holes up in a Lake Tahoe, Nev., casino penthouse waiting to be taken into protective custody by FBI agents (Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta), while a colorful collection of assassins arrives at the hotel competing for the million-dollar payday supposedly offered to eliminate Aces before he can testify. With nods to everyone from Sam Peckinpah to Quentin Tarantino and John Woo, writer-director Joe Carnahan's film, though intended as camp, is nevertheless just videogame-style brutality surrounded by an absurd, convoluted plot and, troublingly, presented with a hip veneer: popcorn entertainment for the "Grand Theft Auto" generation. Excessive bloody violence, brief images of torture, partial nudity, drug content, objectifying of women, some lesbian innuendo, pervasive rough and sexually crude language, and some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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