Reviewed by: Steven Warburton
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|Featuring:||Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie|
|Director:||Michael Davis (“Monster Man”)|
|Producer:||Michael Davis, Douglas Curtis, Don Murphy|
|Distributor:||New Line Cinema|
“Just another family man making a living.”
“Shoot ‘Em Up” is a gorgeous movie to look at. It’s so slickly produced that the adrenaline highs were probably just as heavy in the editing suite as they were on the set. There are some brilliant action sequences, and the color contrast has been turned up to 10, giving the whole picture a surreal kind of quality that surpasses cool.
Right. That’s everything that’s good about “Shoot ‘Em Up.” Otherwise, it’s trash (in other words, a typical Hollywood film.)
Clive Own plays Mr. Smith, a dude who’s just sitting there, minding his own business, when a pregnant woman runs past him. Some guy with a gun chases her, running past Clive, and follows the lady into a warehouse. Clive, a little reluctantly, follows her inside, where he winds up shooting lots of bad guys, delivering the baby, and then severing the umbilical cord with a bullet. Seconds later, mommy gets killed. Baby is an orphan.
At this point, all I cared about was the baby. The baby is innocent. That’s the only thing redeeming in this film noir tale which, so far, is just an excuse to put lots of stylized violence on the screen because audiences have indicated that they will pay for it.
It gets even worse when Mr. Smith goes to a brothel, which is disguised as a church, so he can get a slut played by Monica Bellucci, to look after the child. Later, Monica will perform a sex act on a stranger in a back alley. Why? Because it gives the audience something to laugh at. Ho ho ho. (Those three syllables can be read as a sarcastic laugh or as an adjective describing almost every character in this movie.)
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy