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Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

Cast: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci

Director(s): Michael Davis

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster


For an action film, boasting a body count higher than its IQ isn?t always a bad thing. In director and screenwriter Michael Davis?s stylish SHOOT ?EM UP, inventive set pieces, and tongue-in-cheek humor make for fun, fast entertainment. Clive Owen (CHILDREN OF MEN) plays Smith, a man who is minding his own business and chomping on carrots when he is forced to try to save a pregnant woman in trouble. After she is killed, he takes charge, keeping her newborn child safe from a snarling villain (Paul... [Get complete synopsis]


MasterWoodsman wrote on February 1, 2008, 9:04 am
Not really my cup of tea...

The action was non-stop, over the top and very stylized. The plot was just something in the way of the shooting. The action was good, I have to admit, and people who want pure action should like this movie. I was hoping for a bit more brains in the movie, but what can ya do?

The movie is so focused on the action that it doesn't even bother trying to keep the story sensible. For example, the bad guy (Paul Giamatti interestingly cast as a pretty bad boy) always seems to be able to guess where the "good" guy is, despite having next to no clues in a big city. Or how the good guy seems to know so much about everything.

Still, if ya want mindless, here it is!

** Minor Spoiler **

There's one scene that made me shake my head and say "Ok, forget the story": The part where the bad guy realizes the baby needs milk and decides to check out every "wet" bar. Oh yeah, that's where every parent goes for milk! How about staking out the Pharmacy ya moron!

MasterWoodsman wrote on February 1, 2008, 9:06 am
Oh yeah, I forgot.

Clive Owen basically plays the same character from Sin City. I felt like I had seen this before and it took a bit away from the movie. This is sad considering his excellent role in his previous movie, Children of Men.

Papamikey wrote on February 1, 2008, 9:28 am
When did you get so OLD, Derricco???!!!


You might want to check out more CEREBRAL movies with less guns and nudity and blood (OH MY!)...

MasterWoodsman wrote on February 1, 2008, 8:46 pm
Rebuttal #1: Watch the movie

Rebuttal #2: Yes, I am older. The only time I admired "pure violence" movies when I was a teenager ie: Schwartznegger, Stallone, etc.... Then, as the fates allowed, I reached adulthood and wanted more. Some people, meaning you, just got stuck behind!

This was not bad movie, and we had some fun watching it because it was so over-the-top, but I prefer movie to treat the audience with a bit more cerebral respect.

Papamikey wrote on February 2, 2008, 10:50 am
Then, sir, I suggest you pick up a POT pamphlet...they seem to offer you more.

And I hear they have dental (read: dentures) and medical (read: free Depends)

motleymitch wrote on February 2, 2008, 11:21 am
After the crapfest that was 'Cloverfield' I am very much looking forward to seeing this and Rambo.
Deril wrote on March 22, 2008, 3:22 pm
Mitch, I was gonna wait and watch with you, but I was so bored today that I just went ahead with it.

I really liked this for what it is. It is non-stop action and VERY over the top (as Derek mentioned). I did however watch with a smile on my face throughout. It is pretty much 1.5 hours of shooting stuff and high body counts while Motley Crue & AC/DC play in the back ground.

Mitch, I think you'd like it for what it is. Don't expect much of a story. I wonder if there were even any writers involved.

Lots of catchy one-liners. ****minor Spoiler******

Hey kills a guy with a carrot and says "don't forget to eat you vegetables" etc etc etc.

An enjoyable watch overall.

motleymitch wrote on March 22, 2008, 4:01 pm
Yeah, thanks for waiting jagoff!

Deril wrote on March 23, 2008, 12:08 am
I hope you're kidding.
I was DYING of bordom yesterday & today. I also figure it would be at least 2 weeks until we got a chance to watch (with the b-day next weekend and stuff).

I'll still re-watch with you.
motleymitch wrote on March 23, 2008, 8:04 am
I am a Jedi!!! I am a Jedi!!!

motleymitch wrote on April 4, 2008, 10:38 pm
Well, I gotta agree with Derek AND Deril, but really, this just left me so unamused. (UNAMUSED!)
There's no point in finding faults in a film like this. If you can't take it for what it is, then you're watching the wrong film.
But what with all the inventive action and stunts, there was an emptiness to the whole thing. I wasn't looking for Oscars, but there was promise of more to offer, even in its own genre, that what it amounted to.
Sure, it was loaded with 'with a dry cool wit like that, I can be an action hero' quips, but they made you groan and roll your eyes instead of shouting, "Fuck yeah!".
Also, being sensitive to violence (I'm not) is one thing, but I could see a whole load of people being up in arms pertaining to the amount of graphic violence around pregnant mothers and infants in this film, repeatedly. There comes a point where the ludicrous line gets crossed, and you'd hope an action film, particularly a big-budget one with big-budget stars and a big-budget style might show a smidgen of class.
I actually wrote down some notes while watching, then after the film scratched it all off thinking, "There's no point bringing up moot matters like a man running through an entire film dodging bullets with a baby in his arms, or the talking villain revealing his plans when he could just kill the hero, or the hero being an ace shot in every conceivable situation, even while free-falling from a plane..."
Anyways, Monica Bellucci is always a dream to watch (though she's so much more sexier when speaking Italian than her reading-from-a-cue-card English), and her sex scene with Clive Owen while he shoots everyone while they still bop was inspired.
You know, as much as I like Clive Owen, I find thus far that he has little range. His mood is kinda interchangeable, even in 'Children Of Men' (that film had a better script to help him along).
Anyways, I don't regret seeing this, but I never need to see it again, and I'm glad I saw it for free.

Deril wrote on April 5, 2008, 9:38 am
yeeesh, now I'm glad I didn't wait to watch it with Captain Bringdown

couldn't find a pic of captain bringdown, so here's a pic of Captain Planet (worst Captain EVER!)

motleymitch wrote on April 5, 2008, 9:52 am
I MIGHT have enjoyed it more had a certain someone WAITED to watch with me, as had been planned for months.
I could've easily watched all of 30 Rock by myself but nooooooooo......

(Incidentally, everyone should know that 30 Rock is the best thing out there right now. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan....pure comic genius. Do yourself a favour and watch a couple of episodes if you get the chance.)

Papamikey wrote on August 15, 2008, 9:24 am
Watched it last night on the dish.


It was what it was...but at the same time - not. Supposedly a high-style, tongue-in-cheek action movie, turned oddly....hollow? Mitch mentions this above...I noticed it was filmed in TORONTO (of all places...yeeesh) it stank of that "Canadian Production" feeling...we all know it: like the difference between slickly over-produced 90210 versus Degrassi. Or CSI versus Flashpoint. Or American Idol versus Canadian Idol.

I could go on.

I dunno...while I'm usually VERY anti-ANYTHING violence versus babies, I found this one so ludicrously over-the-top that I KNEW...I KNNNEEEWWW the baby in the blanket was fake which only added to the sense of the whole Cheap and Plastic veneer that pervaded the film.

THough I DO give kudos for them TRYING to come up with some fairly original scenarios (Mitch's afformentioned nailing of Monica Bellucci during a gun fight, the James Bond-ish gun fight with parachutes! ANd I even LOL'ed (really!) when he leapt from his smashed car through to the VAN-LOAD of bad-guys....LOL!! STUPAIIIDE!!)

Man, does Monica Bellucci have a nice rack...sorry, but I gotta be ME!

Papa Maiku

motleymitch wrote on August 15, 2008, 11:32 am
Man, I forgot she was even in this film!

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