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Shoot 'Em Up
Just another family man making a living.
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
This is the kind of film that you catch on cable TV while surfing channels and the whole room comes to a complete hush, everyone's jaws hanging slack jawed as they try to process the over-the-top insanity that they just witnessed!
Non stop incredibly violent action riddled with cheesy good fun! A wicked romp in complete and utter debauchery! Clive Owen put the pedal to the metal and never let up!
Sublime videogame surrealism laced with tongue in cheek taking-the-pissness covered in nubile Belluccicana and finished with equal measures of gun porn and carrots.
And Paul fucking Giamatti.
"Fuck you, you fucking fuckers".
Sometimes you have to just sit back and admire a film that continually pushes the boundaries both on an action front and on a blackly comedic level. Michael Davis's film deftly does both as from the moment Clive Owen cracks his first one-liner and then swiftly dispatches a henchman with a carrot, you know this isn't going to be your average action film.
Shoot 'Em Up never lets up for a second. From the opening sequence that introduces Owen's good Samaritan attempting to rescue a pregnant woman from a gunman to a fitting end which sees yet more carrots involved, this chase movie doesn't do things by half. It has more action than a Jason…
That first appearance of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars.
That shower scene in Psycho.
That airport conversation in Casablanca.
That bit where that fella from Coupling shoves a fucking carrot in a mans eye!
The wonder of film.
If you want to turn your brain off and be completely entertained for 86 minutes, Shoot 'Em Up is probably one of the best possible things to do it with. So ridiculous, so over-the-top, so fucked-up... yet so much fun. Don't even bother if you're not into action flicks of this nature.
I rather enjoy it for what it is. Plus, any movie that has a Nirvana song play within it's first two minutes is off to a good start in my book. Especially if it's something fast-paced like "Breed" during a shootout ... perfect.
"I'm a British nanny and I'm dangerous."
Sure the plot's a little messy and the characters are clichés, but I really don't care. A lot of action heroes, including Daniel Craig, could learn a thing or two from Clive Owen. Death by carrot was certainly a novel idea. The stairway shootout was a thing of beauty that went beyond the Bourne movies. Even the sex/gun fight that was in Drive Angry originated here.
As great as Clive Owen is he wouldn't be as memorable without Paul Giamatti who made me laugh at every turn. "Guns don't kill people, but they sure help." Owen and Giamatti look like they're having fun during this movie and it really shows. Hopefully I can find the dvd cheap because I intend to watch this over and over again.
I love this movie. It's ridiculous from a to z. The action scenes are great and the one liners are perfect. It's live action, R rated Looney Tunes. And this is the first time I fell in love with Monica Bellucci, and haven't looked back since.
Good the first half, then rather boring. A few bright and fun ideas but nothing else. In the italian version, the choices of no dubbing Monica Bellucci and invent her neapolitan accent is awful. Whatched during a saturday confined to home, on tv.
Over the top action film that pokes fun at the stereotype. Mildly entertaining.
a/k/a Hard Boiled U.S.A., or The $40 Million Crank
This is a gleefully excessive slice of goofball action cinema, hindered by some less-than-great action photography. Interestingly though, what this movie lacks in stability and clarity, it makes up for in sheer creative use of sets. In better hands, could have been a full-on masterpiece, but as it stands, it's a giddy, restless, eager-to-please little number that's well worth the 80ish minutes it costs.
It took me a little while to get into this film. The second half kicked so much ass I couldn't help but fall in love with its outrageousness. The action is awesome. It’s the type of action someone B-grade like Jason Statham wishes he was in. It's a very B-film, but the action is so over the top it becomes satirical before turning into some kind of bizarre action/art film. The film has you talking about its action scenes for days, there is that much cool stuff here. I personally liked the parachute sequence as it actually made me dizzy. The film is funny, too. Naturally. Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti are great.
Not nearly as good as I remember, but still a fun B-movie.
Audacity is a vasty haven indeed.
I have read conflicting impressions of Shoot 'Em Up's effectiveness as a satire/parody/whatever, but I found it to be pretty well-pitched. Good attention to details that often get ignored in action films in the interest of subversion. For instance, aside from a fair bit of Monica Bellucci side boob, the only real nudity in the film appears after the nude character has already been killed. Hard to sexualize that (cue Giamatti).
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