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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.
Over-the-top action, overacting (yeah, Giamatti, I'm talking about you!) and silly dialog (talking to you now, Clive) works for some films. But in Shoot 'Em Up it just turned me off. Just too stupid to take seriously, though I think this movie wasn't meant to be serious. I quickly lost interest when Clive's character saves a baby at the playground by shooting the metal bars of the merry-go-round that said baby has been left on, thus setting the contraption in motion so the bad guy sharp shooters can't get a bead on the child.
If you want to see Clive Owen at his best, watch him in Closer, Derailed, or Sin City. But skip Shoot 'Em Up
Energetic and self-aware action film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The movie starts out with a guy who delivers a baby in the middle of a shoot-out, and he cuts the umbilical cord with his gun. Yes, you read it right - he delivers a baby with his f***ing gun. That's everything you need to know about the movie. It's loud, over-the-top, and takes cartoonish violence to a Shakespearean level. If Jack Slater from Last Action Hero is a real movie, this would be it.
In Shoot 'Em Up, you'll see some of the most creative, stylistic shooting you'll ever see on-screen in live action form. It's no coincidence that our main hero, Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) frequently chews on a carrot throughout the film. He's Bugs Bunny, and this…
Part 7 of The House Challenge in which I try and watch and review all the movies I haven't seen in my house.
*Yard Sale DVD #7*
*Rewatch Review, reviewing from memory*
Title: Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Written and Directed by: Michael Davis
Starring: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucchi, Paul Giamatti, Stephen McHattie
Why I Have It: Bought for 3 dollars when my local video store was closing.
Description: Action filled parody that aims for winking self-awareness.
Thoughts: Shoot 'Em Up should be right up my alley, but it's too half heartedly done. The over the top gags rarely work, partly because they are all played so straight. They are ridiculous, but there are no jokes in them, the movie actually…
An insane action movie that gets more crazy by the minute. Great action, jokes and a rocking soundtrack. There is nothing not to love about it.
I dare you to even try making carrots look more badass than Clive Owen does.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is a lot more violent that I remember. Just a warning, because the most memorable parts are more actiony than violent, but there still is a ton of violence.
I love Clive Owen. He is fairly typecast as the everyman protagonist who happens to have incredible skills and a strong moral duty to save who he can. In this case, he's poor, he eats carrots, and he is an incredibly gifted marksman who sees a pregnant woman being chased by some bad guys, and so has to go kill all the bad guys with guns in awesome fight scenes. The woman dies, but the baby lives, and he recruits a lactating prostitute to care for the baby. And…
Film #16 for Scavenger Hunt #4 - July 2015
Task #17 - A film featuring a fetish.
This film is pure, unadulterated, violent fun. Like a live action cartoon. With profanity.
Clive Owen essentially takes his brooding character from "Sin City" and steps it up to a level bordering absurd. Paul Giamatti rarely, if ever, disappoints, and his turn as the big bad in this one is over-the-top fun with a capital "F-U." Monica Bellucci is brilliantly beautiful as the "wet nurse" hooker and companion. Add to that insane gun fights with Motorhead, AC/DC, Wolfmother, and Motley Crue, and you have 86 minutes of balls out entertainment.
Yes, there are some leaps in logic and plotting that are done to keep the breakneck pacing going. That's the only reason it's not getting 5 stars from me. But if you can't overlook those details while watching it, as Mr. Smith says, "Fuck you, ya fucking fuckers." ;-)
Shoot 'Em Up is a big dumb stupid action movie, and it is incredibly entertaining because of it. It's loud, violent, and completely unbelievable, but in a good way. Everyone is clearly having a good time being silly and mugging for the camera, and as long as you are good with that and can turn your brain off, then its a good time.
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