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A few years ago at university i was making my customary walk through HMV on a day off to see if any new dvd's jumped out at me. How could a title like "Shoot 'Em Up" not peak my interest? Like many people i'd been unaware of this films release but i bought it none the less and headed home. What i saw that afternoon was one of the most ridiculously films i had ever seen. And it was totally awesome!! The action is completely over the top as is the plot. Clive Owen plays the enigmatic Smith. A child prodigy in the olympic shooting field he's snapped up by the government and turned into a killer. Of course you don't see this so when a random man on a bus bench starts offing guys with precision you cant help but smile. The story is quite convoluted but at the same time kind of makes sense.
The acting is all completely over the top but by far the stand out star is Paul Giamatti who makes an excellent bad guy. Having watched this in one afternoon i then proceeded to make my friends watch it that night and we all came to the same conclusion, it's a great film. Certainly not an oscar worthy tale or even something to make you ponder life in general. It's a mindless action film in the best sense of the idea. This film doesn't take itself seriously and if you follow suite it's one you'll thoroughly enjoy.
If, like many other people, 'Shoot em up' slipped under your film radar, then I wouldn't be surprised at all. Not many people have seen it or indeed heard of it to be honest, which is a bit of a shame.
I saw this at the cinema when if first came out, and I seem to remember being sat in the cinema all by myself - which was great to be honest, no rustling wrappers and mobile phones going off!!
So after that experience, I didn't expect 'Shoot em up' to be the most discussed film of the year.
'Shoot em up' is like a film version of a computer game / comic, in that it has very little story line, and lots and lots of shooting (as the name would suggest) and fighting set pieces. So, if you don't like violence/gore/shooting then I would suggest you steer clear of this one, but if you like a bit of mindless violence, then you might just like it.
The cast is very impressive for such a little known film, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and (a very sexy, yet disturbing - she breast feeds men as a hooker) Monica Belluci lead the cast, with countless extras racking up the body count.
The story line (so to speak) revolves around Mr Smith (Owen) rescuing a newly delivered baby from a shoot out and then having to look after it as the mother is shot during the battle! As he protects the baby from waves of goons ordered by Giamatti, he starts to question why all these people want to kill a new born baby..........
The set pieces are great, and feature some very intersting ways to kill your cliched baddy, many of them involving a carrot.
I also enjoyed the cinematography, as it plays like a film noir with seedy brothels and alley ways lit up with contrasting neon signs and bright red blood splatters!
This will never be a great film and will never win an award, yet I still enjoyed it. As long as you watch it expecting nothing more than an 80 minute long shoot out, you'll be OK - if you expect anything more, I dare say you'll be a tad disappointed.
Ignore all the reviews you have read on here about this film and ignore this one too. 1 star or 5 star? It doesn't really matter what people say about this film. The film itself is bigger than all the characters and the plot. If you say to someone , "..oh yeah I watched Shoot Em Up" you've probably already missed the point. This film is essentially a sensory experience which holds out its hand to you. I would say take the hand and enjoy the ride...
We are vaguely introduced to the central character, a mysterious carrot chomping action man, then the adrenaline kicks in. The enigmatic Mr Smith gets involved in an assassination attempt on a pregnant woman who just happens to be walking down the very same street on which he is sat. A 'here we go again' roll of the eyes moment means it's time for business. After a typical knight in shining armour scene the baby is delivered but the mother is killed. What follows is essentially a series of massive and ever more elaborate shoot outs somehow managing to add a reluctant surrogate hooker mother, a baby making farm and a dying senator.
Clive Owen as Mr Smith
Paul Giamatti as Karl Hertz
Monica Bellucci as Donna "D.Q." Quintano
Stephen McHattie as Hammerson
Greg Bryk as Lone Man
Daniel Pilon as Senator Harry Rutledge
Directed by Michael Davis
Yes. You read that right. We have some serious and well respected actors all mixed up in a strange concoction of blood and cordite. I would say that perhaps Monica Bellucci is the most surprising cast member. She went from model to actress and regularly turned in excellent performances. Obviously Mr Smith is the star. Or is he? He is certainly an excellent vehicle for the best supporting actor, the gun. But for me, I'm kind of sad to say that Paul Giamatti as the ruthless and terribly funny psycho assassin was the biggest draw. His strange charisma gives an air that essentially glues all the rest of the action together. And without that glue we wouldn't have this film.
Excuse me? This is the sort of film that John Woo would masturbate to, with a tear in his eye as he wished that he had made it in the first place. Style, style and style. But at the expense of substance? No!
This film is littered with corny deadpan one liners and stereotyped action cliches which only further emphasize the over the top action. Willing suspension of disbelief is the operative phrase here. Mr Smith faces insurmountable odds that would cripple James Bond. Hell, even The Transporter's Frank Martin would want to walk away from this one. Yet at every turn something more audacious occurs and I loved every second of it.
You need to move away from corporate Hollywood cinema for a second, even though that is what it is. This is Hard Boiled with the volume turned up to 11. This is Machine Girl. And that is a high accolade! And whatever you think of that film you cannot argue that this isn't as over the top.
Yes we have films such as Black Hawk Down with huge gun fights. Yes we Tarantino's fusion of 70's Kung Fu and western cinema. This films gives us the violence, the blood, the humour and the panache. And it doesn't so much sympathetically gesture it to us but rather bends us over and shoves it up our arse.
Paradoxically, classy and trashy, polished yet raw. No award winning performances but layer upon layer of delicious and visceral action barely stopping for breath. I think most people will love it or loathe it and very few will remain on the fence. It is an impressive triumph in that it never pretends to be anything more than what it is. And that's a high velocity action film of the very first order.
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Two things surprised me about this film. I was puzzled by why the likes of Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti agreed to take part in it, and amazed that with every minute that passed, it actually got worse. Clive Owen is not known for his consistency of film choices but it's disheartening that someone in Bellucci's camp thought this was a good idea.
There is a time and a place for fun, pulpy action capers. Unfortunately there is never a time or a place for this film, except perhaps the bin. It's not bad in a funny, over the top way; it's merely poor. The dialogue is embarrassing, Clive Owen grimly pronouncing, "This is weird." to mark every plot twist. The storyline is so far over the edge of ludicrous, it's in freefall. Basic premise: grumpy man at a bus stop tries to protect a pursued woman and gets tangled up in violent escapades, trying to protect her baby, while single-handedly dealing with stripper nuns, baby-killing political machinators and the usual army of gangster minions who are of course effortlessly mown down by our invincible, surly hero. It would be foolish to expect overly textured character development, it was never intended to be that kind of film - but our villains and heroes don't even work as cartoon characters. It's more like watching paper dolls. Approaching the final act of the film, I actually fell asleep and had to rewind to catch up with the action. At this point I should perhaps have cut my losses and turned it off, but having abandoned an hour of my time to it, I wanted to know what ending I had surrendered it for. This was a bad decision, robbing me of another 20 minutes I'll never get back.
To those seeking a fast-paced, testosterone loaded kill-everything-in-sight movie, please - spend your money on Crank, or one of the better Lock-Stock-esque Brit gangster films. Please don't buy this film. Please. The forces that made it need to know that they've done a bad thing.
WARNING: The review does contain some spoilers, but not really much more than you wouldn't find out from reading the box I suppose. An in my opinion reading this won't spoil the film, anymore than is possible by watching it.
I was prompted to write this review after seeing this film shown on Sky Television, and remebering that I had this DVD sat on my shelf. I have to apologize as this is going to be the most chaotic review ever written. It was just so hard to formulate my musings and rant about this film, into anything cohesive that much like this film, this review is a shambles.
Just before the review proper starts, here are some basic film details.
A 2007 production, which went on release in the UK November 14, 2007.
The "film" was directed by Michael Davis.
With the lead roles going to:
Clive Owen as Smith (we never get to know his real name, but then again who cares)
Paul Gamiatti as Hertz (the most unbelievable "bad guy" ever)
Monica Belluci as Donna (a prostitute "milk maid" yes YUKKK).
THE "PLOT" AND MY THOUGHTS
Well I don't think im a really stupid person normally (no comments please), but I didn't really understand the plot. Well I lie, I did, but it didn't add up to my mind to make any sense. So I guess I didn't understand it.
Then again, if I am brutally honest I didn't even get the film at all!!!
No really., I am not really even sure where the film was supposed to fit in genre wise. Was it an Action film persae, or a Comedy?, as in a send-up of Action films?. I don't get it. It did nothing for me as an action film.
The boundaries of credibility were just pushed off the edge of sanity right from the word go, and things just got worse and worse throughout the painful to watch 80 or so minutes of running time.
However I can force myself to outline the basic plot which is that Smith (Owen) gets embroiled, while sitting on a bench eating a carrot (like you do) in a race to save and protect the life of a baby, which he delivers unaided from a woman who was a target for an armed gang. Sounds crazy? That's just the start. It then turns out she was targeted as she was part of a baby "farm" to harvest cells to keep alive a presedential candidate, whom was an anti-gun lobbyist (such a thing in America?). Then que (cue?) the bad guys hired by a major gun manufacturer, to shoot down and shut down this baby farm, resulting in the death of this woodbe senator.
The plot then evolves and unfolds into an ever intensfying farcical and error strewn shambles of ridicolously unbelieveable but well choreographed action scenes. The direction was sadly lacking though, and I recommend you check IMDB to find just how many continuity errors where in this film. Shocking.
In my book the most ridiculous parts were the "Mad Max" inspired car chase scenes, and the seemingly fatal head-on car crash, where Smith manages to fly through his windscreen and into the assailants vehicle to conveniently shoot them. Wonderful.
The whole thing then culminates in an embarassing to watch "Pulp Fiction"-esque scene in a cafe right at the end.
An Oh. I should mention that Monica Belluci gets her kit off (sort of) which would normally be a good thing, a wonderful thing! However, even this is spoiled with another unblieveable shoot-out (in the gun totting sense) while making out, and the PREDICTABLE shooting your load comment didn't fail to appear. Oh good grief!
Have I mentioned carrots yet? Oh nevermind.
It wasn't so much the carrot munching and general carrot obsessive aspects of Smith's character that bothered me, but the never-ending cheesey lines delivered quite sincerely by Owens character Smith did! Maybe im being hard, but in my opinion they didn't really deliver much effect at all in my opinion, because the whole thing was just all so contrived and not credible.
I think im done picking holes. The most amazing thing for me, is why Clive Owen chose to take on this film, its WAY below his standard of film and ability. I suppose every tough guy actor dreams of taking part in THE action film of all-time, I can quite conclusively say THIS WAS NOT IT.
Finally! A director somewhere decided that they were going to cut out all the fat surrounding shoot 'em up movies and focus on the gunplay and violence. And shoot 'em up does just that! An hour and 30some minutes of action sequence after action sequence. Taking the extraordinary light of gunplay our hero demonstrates an unusual hatred for everything which is ideal for the gun toting maniac he is... but with a conscious!
Yes, our hero gets trapped in a big story of politics after he sees a pregnant woman run down the street being chased by a guy with a gun. Taking a bite out of his carrot, and a deep sigh he gets up and persues.
After an unnecessary amount of violence he proceeds to couch the woman as she gives birth. Giving breathing instructions while shooting down a bunch of guys, the scenerio in of itself is so bizarre you can't really turn away. I don't think that baby will ever realize just how epic his birth was.
The situations alone aren't what make this movie interesting, but the persuer as well. A master profiler and ex police agent with a ruthless heart *while still managing to sweet talk to his wife on the phone*, makes the conversations and situations all the better. The performance given by both our protagonist and his opponent were superb allowing the viewer to truly enjoy their interactions with the other.
Less than two minutes into this film, Clive Owen has already killed ten men and delivered a baby. This gives an idea of just how action-packed and ridiculous this movie is. In a role not wholly dissimilar to; although far more light-hearted than his performance in the critically acclaimed 'Children of Men,' Clive Owens's character's primary concern is once again protecting a newborn baby, this time from a tirade of gunfire, delivered by Paul Giamatti.
Alongside Clive Owen is Monica Bellucci, who portrays a hooker, able to breastfeed the helpless infant. She should feel privileged to be quite possibly the first woman ever to play a miraculously lactating prostitute in the history of cinema.
The body count in this movie is immense, complemented by the Max-Payne-esque, videogame style combat, with endless repetition of the act of shooting. To make the film appear less serious, (as if that were a problem!) Owens's character, a sharpshooter, is constantly eating carrots....yes, carrots. This supposedly improves his vision and aim. A few times in the film, the carrots themselves are used as weapons in ways which are highly innovative, if just a tad absurd.
Given the nature of the film itself, 86 minutes of 'switch-your-brain-off' ludicrousness, devoted entirely to action, (thankfully short enough not to become too tiresome.) it can hardly be judged purely on artistic merit or storyline. One of the elements it is lacking in however, is quality of character development. The lead protagonist, a seemingly indestructible gunman, barking instantly forgettable one-liners almost at random, is, needless to say, a tired cliché. The same could also be said for Paul Giamatti's character, who is the stereotypical, gun-toting, pony tailed villain.
While the film is fun, well-directed and, for want of a better word, cool on occasion, it needs to be said that Shoot-'em-up doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Nonetheless, it is certainly worth seeing. Buying the DVD, on the other hand, probably won't be worth your money. If you are however, a fan of Clive Owen's, you may want to consider Children of Men on DVD, which is definitely a sound purchase!
I had previously heard that 'Shoot 'Em Up' was like Sin City but better. Now, I do find that hard to believe, Sin City being one of my favourite films ever, but I decided to give this a go and see what came of it.
Well, like I thought, it wasn't as good. But, it was still quite an interesting film, and was worth the 86 minutes I spent watching it.
Unlike Sin City, it is set in normal colour, which immediately looses some of the intensity and darkness that came about that movie. I suppose it was a good alternative, but no real match for Clive Owens other massive success.
To start with, it appears that a homeless man sat on a bench in a dark alley is unfortunately caught in the middle of a pregnant woman running from a man chasing her with a gun, obviously very angry about something.
How strange you may think, as I did. It has all of the settings for an eerie murder spot, the sort where nobody is likely to notice anything different happening. Again, misfortune occurs, but this time in by the man trying to get to the woman. Little did he know that the man on the bench, is angry hard-man Clive Owen who felt like the previous occurings probably should be intercepted...
We later come to like the character, known as Mr Smith, (Owen) who is somehow left stranded, with a baby, and a LOT of men trying to make the pair of them target practice. Enlisting the help of Donna (Monica Bellucci), who is a handily lactating prostitiute, they do their upmost to not only survive, but keep harm from coming to this new child they seem to have aqquired. Just for added entertainment, they (well Owen primarily) decide to track down and find out why the child is so sought after and must be killed. Will they find anything and bring protection before it is too late ? . . .
Now, I bet you haven't seen many 'shooty' films that are centrede around a baby. Well no, me neither. So this film does have the added bonus that it is different. The story is oddly entertaining as you follow this couples progress through the film.
If you are after mindless shooting left right and centre then look no further. There seemed to be a lot of this involved in the movie. Sadly, I think this was the main let down of the film. One man, no matter how skilled he is, can not shoot that many people and escape unharmed, whilst carrying a day old child, jump of a bridge into a car, roll the car, then get out and walk away. Sometimes, high scale action is just what a film needs, but it should never have been allowed to get to this scale. Ultimately, it needed toning down a lot, in order to bring back some of the realism.
There was some very good acting by Owen, who did excel in his somewhat disturbed character, who seemed to hate pretty much everything except carrots. It's impossible to dream of how many uses a man can find for a carrot, but somehow, he finds a way. Aside from the mudrerous action here side of him, he is quite funny in some things he does. Resorting to name a child Oliver, because he didn't hate the novel 'Oliver Twist' is a characteristic you don't see in everybody you meet.
Monica Bellucci (who most famously played Mary Magdalene in The Passion Of The Christ) is the lactating prostitute who nourishes and mothers the child while Owen is off hunting bad guys. Forming an odd couple, they have a good connection and it is interesting to watch how their relationship develops in the film. Not really knowing this actress, I cannot say if it was her best performance, but from what I seen, she did very well and was a good match for the role she was given.
One thing I did really enojy about this film was the music played throughout. Some were top class songs, but even just the music that backed certain scenes, it all fit perfectly and was very 'awesome' indeed.
Shoot 'Em Up is a fast paced action film that is very enjoyable except for the slight let down involving the fact that the fight scenes are possibly just too unrealistic. If you are after a fun action film and you don't mind the laws of physics and general civilisation being broken, then you will enjoy this film.
At the weekend I decided to watch a film with some friends and we all decided on shoot em up. What I was expecting from the cover and from the little I knew about the film was that it had Clive Owen in who I love and that it would be quite a cool action flick which looked a lot of fun. I had never seen a trailer so not sure what to expect I put it on and was pleasantly surprised with what I watched and here is why.
The story is this. A man called Smith spots a pregnant lady running away from a man with a gun and decides to get involved. When the woman gives birth Smith decides to look after the baby in his own very special way. Several shoot em up's then occur. Yes that is basically the only bit of the story and it doesn't get much better than that.
The story itself is very weak but i will stress this to you don't expect this to be a clever, intelligent and deep story movie as it is totally the opposite. It is a shoot em up and that is it so if you don't like over the top cheesy lines with over the top cheesy action sequences, then don't bother even watching this movie.
I expected it to be extremely serious but when i started watching it i loved how different it was for the norm and it was the most ridiculous storyline ever but because they are trying to be witty it really works. In fact this was some of the most awfully entertaining entertainment i have seen in a good long while.
Character wise and just like the story there is no character development and again it works for this movie. You have Smith who is this strange guy attracting trouble and who likes carrots. Donna who is a strange lady who gets tied up looking after the baby and then Hertz who is the crazy bad guy. They are all full of witty lines and the need for a shootout so that is about all there is to say on the characters.
Acting and there is some good acting. Clive Owen is Smith who is as always fantastic and brings such entertainment to this very strange character. He really does make this film along with Paul Giamatti who is so great at Hertz the bad guy. I haven't really seen Giamatti in a crazy role like this before but he really plays it well. Monica Bellucci is fun as Donna but her character is probably the one you want to see on the screen the least. All in all though they are great fun.
In conclusion i am going to give this film five out of five purely for the greatest entertainment value i have seen in a long while and every single one of us enjoyed it. So much fun and as long as you expect nothing from this film you will like every minute of it.
Reccommended to you all.
Thanks for reading.
I just want to start this review by saying that this is a ridiculously over-the-top violent but entertaining crime thriller.
Clive Owen plays Smith, a man who becomes entangled with a violent gang led by Hertz (a manic Paul Giamatti) after delivering the baby of a mother who has just been killed by the gang. Smith saves the baby and vows to protect it from Hertz and his mob. Smith visits a lactating prostitute and asks her to help him care for the baby by breast-feeding it. Things quickly develop with Hertz and his pursuit of the baby and Smith must move quickly to protect himself, the baby and the prostitute Donna (Monica Bellucci).
This was a very entertaining film, some of the stunts and action scenes were choreographed to perfection. This was no mean feat when you consider how long and intricate some of them were. For pure action, this would be tough to beat. Ok, so not many things were blown up but the fight scenes were great entertainment. The story line would become a bit difficult to follow if you were not paying 100% attention so its worth considering that before you sit down to watch it. The motivation behind Hertz' pursuit of the baby and some of the twists and turns provided by his reasons can easily confuse those with short attention spans.
There is alot of black humour in this film too. Paul Giamatti plays the cold-blooded hitman Hertz very well, especially when he is trying to make small talk with his unwitting wife while he is trying to kill Smith. Smith has a peculiar obsession (which I won't go into here) which also provides some really bizzarre moments.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone with a twisted sense of humour or a love of escapism through films.
SHOOT 'EM UP
There is a sequence at the beginning of Shoot 'Em Up that easily sums up the movie in question and answers whether one will enjoy the silly, hollow action-fest that follows. Having already despatched one goon with a carrot though the throat (yes, you read that correctly - a carrot, through the throat) and dropped many more gunmen in the rather spectacular pre-credits shoot out (accompanied by Nirvana's rousing rock-anthem Breed), it is only when Smith (Clive Owen) helps to deliver a child from a pregnant women mid-battle and removes the umbilical cord with a gunshot, spraying blood all over the mothers face, that you finally recognise where you're likely to stand with this movie. The mother's cry of "what the f***?" speaks words. If you're wearing a big wide grin at this point, and are the type of person happy to leave their brain in neutral, accepting contrived plot conveniences at the expense of stupid action scenes, well, you will surely lap up the content of Shoot 'Em Up.
Dragged into a high octane shoot-out in order to protect a pregnant mother, mystery man Smith soon finds himself on the run from a variety of hired gunmen, led by the notorious Hertz (a wonderful scenery chewing Paul Giamatti), charged with the termination of newborn baby Oliver. The problem is they didn't count on this British nobody to become the child's saviour or be so adept with a gun! Locating the help of a lactating prostitute (Monica Belluici) as surrogate mother, a hectic game of cat and mouse and serious gunmanship follows, as Smith attempts to uncover why Hertz wants the child killed, who's paying him to do so, and what's being covered up by sinister government agents, all whilst placating the viewer with as many corpses and different ways to kill a person with a handgun as possible.
Shoot 'Em Up is, in all honesty, a delightfully insane film. Devoid of any compromising morals and sacrificing standards in taste in order to satisfy evermore elaborate and over-the-top action sequences, it revels in the archaic mania of its rather slender plot. From a physics defying parachute jump shoot-out that is indeed bonkers, to a fantastic set-piece where Smith rigs up a number of weapons on a pulley system to create mass carnage, Shoot 'Em Up's sole reason for existing is to put a big smile on any action-junkies face. That the film consolidates this purpose with an action sex scene (yes, you read that correctly as well - an action sex scene) where the fabulously buxom Belluici is glued to Owen mid-orgasm whilst he happens to be blowing away a platoon of masked assassins, is simply the icing on a rather delirious cake.
Clive Owen isn't the type of actor you'd immediately imagine as a dealer of mass destruction, yet his archetypal portrayal of the man with no name is a breath of fresh air from another Jason Statham action-fest. Owen's deadpan delivery of poorly conceived, cheesy one-liners and a natural ruggedness easily convince he is a man thoroughly angry at the world (Smith's road rage at someone for not indicating is hilarious stuff) and he seems to be having way too much fun with the silliness that director Michael Davis throws his way. The same can be said of Giamatti. Shoot 'Em Up is a world away from the likes of the more subtle and serene Sideways, but it gives him the opportunity to play a snarling, intelligent bad-guy with maximum bravado. Even the poor dialogue fails to prove a sufficient hurdle as Giamatti delivers lines such as "Do we really suck or this guy really that good?" with absolute aplomb. He is simply a delight in this change of skin!
With the pace cranked up to eleven for maximum enjoyment, it's a shame that moments of plot and character development that do interject the ridiculous action scenes tend to grate ever so slightly. Indeed, the plot of a baby factory providing a certain blood group as donor to a high-ranking government official is completely daft, and the exposition surrounding it is, frankly, rubbish. Likewise, Smith's questioning of the second amendment and the anti-gun sentiments that are espoused later on seem slightly contradictory to the nature of the film, what with all the glamourisation of stylish action scenes involving lots of running gun battles it endures. Maybe it's a hidden satirical comment, but it seems rather misplaced in its message and ultimately fails. But, as already stated, you're not really here for anything barring on the intelligible.
As long as Owen's delivering more deathblows with carrots, asking "what's up doc" and shooting neon signs so that it spells out rather rude content then all is well in the action fans world. When you add cool, yet ludicrous scenes such as Smith jumping off a bridge, shooting out the sunroof of a car below and landing exquisitely in the driving seat, you have a film that easily out cranks Crank by not suffering from stilted or derivative action scenes. There's plenty of blood and gore from the outset and the number of fatalities must be close to surpassing those from Arnie's sublimely awesome Commando. Indeed, with a rocking soundtrack, some darkly delicious humour (a final gunfight featuring broken fingers is quality) and not the slightest iota of seriousness, Shoot 'Em Up is nigh on perfect Friday night post-pub fodder.
Overall - One purely for the action junkie. If you're not a fan of low-brow, high concept, action daftness you'll be better off avoiding this. However, if you rate the likes of Crank, Drive, Hard Boiled and Ong-Bak very highly on your favourites list, you'll find very little wrong with this over-the-top, anarchic slice of carnage!
Director: Michael Davis
Screenplay: Michael Davis
Clive Owen... Smith
Paul Giamatti... Hertz
Monica Bellucci... Donna Quintano
Stephen McHattie... Hammerson
Greg Bryk... Lone Man
Daniel Pilon... Senator Rutledge
Running Time: 86 minutes
© clownfoot, January 2009.
Am in love with this film! Oh boy, I can't stop watching it. First of all, films are one of my many passions; I love watching films and then deriving my own meaning from it. I think directors that write not only to make a point and entertain, but also to create deep thoughts and imaginations in the audience minds are always the best and greatest directors.
Ok back to the film, "Shoot 'Em Up" is definitely one of the greatest GUY films made, its got excellent actors such as Clive Owen (Mr. Smith) and Paul Giamatti in it and its about a guy who by coincidence (don't believe in coincidence by the way) delivers a woman's baby during a shootout and was then forced to protect this newborn baby from the bad guys (Paul Giamatti and his gunmen's).
What I love most about the film is the different types of characters behavior and life style. First of all you have Clive Owen (Mr. Smith) who is just a random guy sitting down minding his business and then ended up killing everyone and then you have Paul Giamatti (The BAD guy) who has a bag of gunmen's under him but still some how, his disturbing wife phones every minute to see when he will be coming home (NOT SO BAD NOW) lol.
I love the way the director portrays certain things indirectly, for example there were loads of emphasize on carrots (vegetable) and in the film Mr. Smith was always eating some whenever he had the chance to and we all know that carrots are always good for the eye sight, hmm no wonder why Mr. Smith gun aim was so accurate, definitely bull's-eye. So indirectly, the director was justifying the reason why Clive Owen (Mr. Smith) was so good at shooting and why he almost never misses (eating carrots).
I loved every part in the film so I am not even going to bother picking a part and talking about it. I also found the film a bit educating lol. Yea that's right, I said educating, you're probably thinking, it's an action shoot 'em up film, what could be so educative about it right? Well I learnt that when we get angry, it releases an enzyme called "Tryptophan Hydroxylase" which can temporarily reduce the IQ of an individual. Wow, there is an explanation that demonstrates the reason why people act stupid when they are angry (well said Paul Giamatti). So next time we get angry, lets remember that our IQ has dropped down a level or 2 lol!
Every part of the film is linked together correctly, that is what I love about the film as well. Its one of those MUST SEE film, trust me, Mr. Smith done loads of crazy things like shooting gunmen's whilst playing doctor by delivering a woman's baby and also shooting gunmen's whilst having sex lol, I don't even think the girl he had sex with noticed he was in a gun shootout at that moment lol.
The film is just a definite "must see", its exciting and very interesting to see how Mr. Smith went around and delivered his own brand of justice in his own unique way lol. One of those films you can't get bored off, well done to the directors and actors for the film. Definitely both thumbs up!!
Ok i will start off by saying Shoot 'em up is a great, great movie.
However for it to be great bear these points in mind:
The movie is far from realistic.
The movie has no plot.
The movie is not for people who are sophisticated.
This movie is just the perfect MANS movie. Shoot 'em up will teach you that shooting people can be done in so many ways, it will teach you how much fun you can have with a gun instead of just point and shoot.
Like i said there isnt much of a plot in Shoot 'Em Up is just about slick lines, slick action and how you can kill a horde of enemy whilst screwing someone hot :p
I would whole heardly recomend this movie to a group of lads who want to chill out, have a few beers, nachos (i just like nachos) and watch a good action movie. Oh and if you want to have carrots this would be a good time to (you will see why)
There has been a lot said about violence in computer games recently with the success of 'Grand Theft Auto 4' over the summer. In that game you can shoot anyone, drive over them in a car and hire hookers. What they don't tell you is that to an extent you can also choose to follow traffic laws, take women on proper dates and go bowling. Games are only being attacked because they are a new medium and parents fear that children play them. Until recently this wrath has fallen upon music and film, but now these entertainment mediums seem to be getting away with it. Are films less violent than games, the likes of 'Saw' and 'Hostel' would suggest otherwise. I can not stomach these films, but will play violent games any day of the week. This is because most games are tongue and cheek violence. A genre that film can also do well.
'Shoot 'em Up' opens with a down on his luck man sitting on a bench enjoying a carrot. Almost instantly a pregnant women runs past being chased by men with guns. Smith, the bench sitting fellow, is not a man to let this go and he despatches the would be killers with a clinical efficiency, but not before the woman has died. Luckily the baby survived and now Smith has an infant on his hands, it seems that the men were after killing the child and not the woman as Smith is now chased relentlessly by a sociopathic man called Hertz and a seemingly unlimited supply on henchmen. With the help of a lactating prostitute called Donna and some carrots, Smith must uncover why the child is in danger and perhaps we will learn more about Smith ourselves along the way?
It has to be said that I have a thing for mindless entertainment in the form of ultravoilence and that is certainly what I got here. 'Shoot 'em Up' is up there with the likes of 'Crank' as a modern masterpiece of post ironic ultragore! There are many many scenes of people being shot, decapitated and killed with carrots. This is certainly not a film for the light of stomach, but even they must see that it is done mostly in a tongue and cheek manner. The violence is so over the top in this film that it takes an almost cartoon like ambience.
I also loved the breakneck speed that the film took (once again similar to 'Crank'). From the opening set piece there is little down time as you go from overblown thrills to overblown thrills. This certainly makes it a film that will not appeal to everyone's taste as there is little character development and the plot is also paper thin. This is a film that action fans will adore, but everyone else will loathe. It is almost a love note to the art of the gun as there are so many shoot outs that you could fill 10 other normal films if you wanted.
With no plot and no characters the film works because it knows what it is - a stupid action thriller. Clive Owen is great as Smith, he knows what the film is about and he plays it straight. Paul Giamatti as Hertz is also very good as a man surrounded by imbersiles he proves himself to be the worst type of sociopath by using his intelligence to be the most ruthless killer. It is these two men that drive the film forwards and it is integral to the film that they both pull off their characters. They certainly do as both Smith and Hertz are fun to watch and great when playing off one another.
As much as I loved 'Shoot 'em Up' there is no denying that it is a stupid piece of entertainment that is as mindless as it comes. The secret to its success is that it knows it is mindless and it realises in turning everything up to 11. For someone like myself who is a huge fan of insane action films and counts Arnie films amongst his faves 'Shoot 'em Up' has found a place in my list of instant classics. This is not to say that most people will like the film, in fact most won't. There is a gratuitous amount of swearing, nudity and violence in this film and for every person like myself who uses these as a what to watch guide there are another 20 people who will hate them. Like Arnie or 'Crank'? Then why not try 'Shoot 'em Up'?
Director: Michael David
Starring: Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti
Price: Amazon uk £6.98
Can not remember any extras - not a great sign, but the film is still cool!
Shoot 'Em Up is a modern hip update of the many ludicrous action movies that Arnie, Stallone et al made throughout the 80's. It has a storyline that is possibly THE stupidest ever put onto celluloid in recent memory and is chock full of action and action with a little bit of action thrown in.
Clive Owen is the hero, a British 'nanny' with attitude who is sitting on a park bench when a pregnant woman comes rushing by being chased by a thug. Being the nice guy he is he decides to intervene and help her out. Unfortunately for him the thug is not alone and he soon discovers he is caught up in a complicated plot to kill the baby.
Mr. Smith (our hero) finds himself protecting the baby from a uber cool organised hitman (Paul Giamatti) and his seemingly endless supply of flunkies.
With the assistance of a lactating prostitute (Monica Belucci) Mr Smith tries to keep the baby alive, find out what on earth is going on and to kill absolutely everyone else he comes across.
Shoot 'Em Up is stupid. It really is very very stupid and has some of the most insanely impossible action scenes ever set on film. To even mention any of them would ruin the open mouthed look of surprise that will appear on your face as you watch and just cannot believe what you are seeing the hero of the film doing.
This kind of film can only go two ways... it will either be sucked into the well of insanity and drown in its craziness or it can just be so off the wall that all you can do is sit there with a smile on your face, enjoying the spectacle in front of you.
Luckily SEU is situated firmly in the second category. It blasts straight into things from the very opening scenes. It moves from there into unexplained madness, hitmen galore and even a totally ludicrous explanation for everything going on.
Like Transporter 2 SEU works even though every synapse in your brain screams out that it really shouldn't. Sometimes a good no brain action film can satisfy your every need, and this just does that in spades.
It is helped a lot by Clive Owen expanding on his 006 persona from the Steve Martin Pink Panther film and becoming a true carrot crunching British action hero, and yes 'Mr Smith' not only crunches his way through a fair few carrots but also uses them as a deadly weapon! Owen is superb in this, more often than not Owen doesn't deliver the goods in my eyes. Only in Croupier, Sin City and this does he show real star quality.
The big star of this film though is Paul Giamatti, once again stealing a film from its headline star. He is a hugely under rated actor who always excels in supporting actor roles and is even more impressive when given a staring role (Sideways, American Splendor). Here he is just gloriously over the top in almost pantomime fashion. He revels in the freedom the role gives him and is deliciously evil, up to the levels of the last great over the top brilliant villain... Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham from Prince of Thieves.
Shoot 'Em Up is one of the new breed of all out action film that is just so far over the top you don't have to worry about the stupidity of the plot or the inaccuracies within it, all you want is good over the top and implausible action, something it has by the bucket load.