It would be complete hyperbole for me to say that "Smokin' Aces" is the worst movie ever made. However, I can unequivocally state that it's the worst movie I've ever seen. This is just a big mess and must have left studio executives wondering when they saw the final cut just how they could salvage and sell it. Perhaps its R rating stands for "Run!"
Problem No. 1 is that the extremely confusing and disjointed plot of several people gunning (literally) to rub out former magician and snitch Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) takes too long to establish. There's an ex-cop-turned-bounty hunter (Ben Affleck), two professional hit women (Alicia Keys, Taraji Henson), a mercenary killer (Nestor Carbonell), and the three Tremor brothers, to name just some of them. In the words of one character, it's "a matter of who out-hustles who."
Buddy is a drug-addled sleazeball with no redeeming qualities, other than being handy with a deck of cards. The only reason he has any value is because he has lots of inside information about Primo Sparazza, a veteran Las Vegas mob boss who was Buddy's mentor. He's agreed to spill the beans to the FBI, which is covering Primo's house with heavy surveillance while intercepting phone calls.