“Shoot ‘Em Up”

shootemup.jpgClive Owen
Paul Giamatti
Monica Bellucci
Stephen McHattie
Greg Bryk
Daniel Pilon



R           86min           2007

When the man known only as Smith (Clive Owen), a gorgeous streetwalker (Monica Bellucci) and a maniacal hit man (Paul Giamatti) get swept up in a deadly game of cat- and mouse. It sets off an explosion of armed thugs, flying bullets and nonstop action so big; it will blow you away! – from back cover

“Shoot ‘Em Up” is an action film someone wrote while they were high. Everything is a little over the top and slanted on a curve. However, this all works for this film. It is worth giving it a look.

Everything in this film is over the top. The action is full stylized over the top. They do things that look cool on the screen but are humanly impossible. Stuff never tried by experts just to see if it could be done.

The characters are all over the top. Clive Owen is the nanny from heaven or hell depending on your perspective. Monica Bellucci plays a specialized hooker. Paul Giamatti plays one of the most unlikely hitman on screen and even with that said he works as hitman in “Shoot ‘Em Up”.

The best thing besides the stars they have to act in this film is the action. It is so over the top that you can wait to see what they do next. The craziness of it all leads to moment of pure hilarity. I liked because it was over the top, which works in the context of this film.

“Shoot ‘Em Up” has more movie previews than special features. There are the standard deleted and extended scenes. It has an audio commentary with the writer/director Mark Davis. There is an making of featurette and animanics of the action in the film. There movie previews for “Be Kind Rewind”, “Harold and Kumar 2”, “Number 23”, “Rush Hour 3”, “Mr. Woodcock”, “The Invasion”, “The Brave One”, “The Hard Easy”, and “M:I 5”.

I give it 4/5 Gs.

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