In the middle of the night, while waiting for a bus in a bus station, a lonely stranger called Mr. Smith sees a pregnant woman being chased by a man with a gun. He follows the couple, kills the man and helps the delivery of the baby in the middle of a shootout while a gang of hit-man tries to shoot them up. The woman is killed but Smith saves the baby, escaping from Hertz, the leader of the killers. Then he meets the prostitute Donna Quintano, who has just lost her baby, and asks her to breastfeed the newborn. They are chased by Hertz and Smith discovers the reason why the bad guy wants to kill the baby.
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Guns, bigger guns, good gun fight sequences, sex and even more guns...That basically sums up Shoot 'Em Up. The movie takes away most plot,most dialogue and most character developments (the key ingredients fora good movie, as some "experts" say) and all is left is an gun actionmovie in its purest form: a lot of shooting and even more shooting,plus a little bit of sex and a lot of one liners to save screen timefor more shooting. For most guys and action movie fans, this is whatthey have been praying for. Indeed, even without most the keyingredients (plot, dialogue and character development), this is a veryentertaining movie. It is fast pace and the gun sequences are amazingdone. To top it all off, it has one of the most memorable sex scene(every guys' dream!) It will keep the audience at the edge of theirseat, and they would want want.Kudos to Paul Giamatti. He has done it again and prove once again he isone of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He has manage to beboth the menacing villain and the comic relieve at the same time, whichis very difficult. Well done.Clive Owens is good in his role, but it feels like he is just anextension of his character from Sin City. He is somewhere around a B toa C. Good, but not great.Monica Bellucci. Beautiful. Just beautiful. She takes kinky roles.Pretty sure no one would complain.If I have to pick a flaw, I will start with a question, and this goesfor all action films. Why does the main character, like all actionheroes, never gets hit but all his shots hit the mark? Mr. Smith getsshot millions of times and he is hit maybe just twice in the wholefilm. That is illogical.Still, who cares? Good guy win, bad guys die. It is the Hollywoodwinning formula most viewers enjoy.For guys (probably most of them are action film fans), it is a ten andmaybe more. It is an action film in its purest form. What more can youask for? So, it will be a 12 out of 10.For gals, the violence might be too much. It is raw macho energy andthus, it might be a 4 out of 10 to them.In the end, to balance both sides, I give an 8 out of 10. Now you can'tcall me a sexist.
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interesting plot? check. what other movie combines a trained ex-gunman,a loving prostitute, a gun&hardcore metal liking newborn, and carrots?full developed plot? somewhat.. there's a pretty good twist to thestory but who needs a real story when you can feast your eyes on thebest action movie ever!! the tricks and stunts pulled in this movie arewild beyond your imagination and the moves Smith pulls will leave youmouthing "wow wtf?!" in awe. Action lovers or anyone looking for highquality entertainment: stop looking cause this movie is a perfect wayto spend 2 free hours;; i realize this review sounds pretty cheesy butin all honesty it's an awesome action movie that deserves to be seen
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning** Sunday Night * Monday Morning Hot tempered, carrot chomping tough guy Mr Smith (Clive Owen)intervenes when he sees a woman being chased by a goon down a darkstreet. The woman is pregnant, and he ends up delivering her baby, onlyfor her to die on him. Now the same goons, lead by the callous,introspective Hertz (Paul Giamatti) are after him, as he goes aroundthe city with the baby. He takes it to Donna (Monica Bellucci) alactating prostitute who reluctantly goes along with him. As they arechased by the goons, they go on the trail trying to figure out why,leading them down a preposterous path of heavy metal music, governmentoperations, gun control lobbyists and twisted politicians.When Owen kills a goon early on in the film with a carrot, it's clearlogic isn't going to be the order of the day here and this is a traitthe film keeps up all the way to the end. In fact, from the title tothe increasingly nonsensical scenes the film continually relays on us,it becomes clear this is a film that simply wasn't meant to be takenseriously. It would appear to serve as a pastiche of daft action films,full of unbelievable scenes and a crazy plot. But what better genre totake the p out of than this one, which I'm sure the fans of such filmswould be able to appreciate and enjoy? Needless to say, Shoot 'Em Up is loaded with action packed shoot outscenes, played to the background of blaring rock anthems (includingMotorhead's classic The Ace of Spades!) full of knowing winks to howpreposterous they get each time. There's a low budget look to it all,but this doesn't seriously derail from the enjoyment of it.Performances wise, in the lead Owen, usually a very wooden actor, playsthe grumpy, cynical, wise-cracking action hero role with aplomb, andGiamatti makes an equally cool villain, smart, hot tempered and edgy.Bellucci, as the love interest, isn't a great actress but she has agreat body and she's bloody sexy when she's talking Italian.Don't even try to use your brain or comprehend things here, just sitback, switch your brain off and enjoy the crazy, wild ride. ****
Waste of time, the Smith guy in this movie can defeat an army alone.The actions are totally absurd. I enjoy action movie but this one is soimprobable that it becomes annoying. Nothing to mention about the plot,it is so thin, there is nothing worth of comments.Compared to this, Die Hard 4 looks like kids movie. Even an animatedaction movie cannot compete with the non-sense of Shoot em Up. Save youtime and money, don't watch this movie. In case you do, I hope you willagree with me. The genre of this movie should be "SciFi" rather thanAction / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Thriller. Probably nobody willread this comment as it is so far in the list. However, I have to addthe lowest vote to rebalance somehow the true rating.
Liking this film depends on how you look at it. This is a cartoon from beginning to end and anyone looking for realism, should look elsewhere. This is a fast paced and violent action film that doesn't take itself seriously, but does give the viewer a wild and adrenaline filled ride. Clive Owen is well suited as the carrot eating, unstoppable killing machine who inadvertently becomes the protector of an infant who's mother is killed by dirt bags and want this baby! Paul Giamatti gives a equally colorful and humorous performance as the head dirt bag. A intense and supercharged film with very little down time that should keep action fans eyes wide open from start to finish.
If John Woo had directed a Bugs Bunny cartoon written by the creators of South Park, the result might be something like Shoot `Em Up, but with a crucial difference: Bugs Bunny cartoons were always less than 10 minutes long.
It might be tough for me to explain why I so loved this film, but I'llgive it a go anyway.After recently watching and reviewing THE KINGDOM, I explained that Iwasn't one of those movie critics who enjoyed action over plot (with afew exceptions, of course). And this is why I fell head-over-heels forSHOOT 'EM UP. It is precisely an action over plot film. But wait! Letme explain! It's that and quite a bit more.What Shoot 'em up does is take that style of action and put it intoabsolutely ludicrous proportions. And in doing so it makes great fun ofitself and all those action films that've come before. From thegun-loving and reluctant dark hero, to the hooker with a heart of gold,Shoot 'em up takes these themes to far out extremes and makes for someof the funniest scenes you'll ever see.Let me give you an example: In one scene Mr. Smith (Clive Owen,CHILDREN OF ME), our dark hero, escapes with a newborn baby from somebad guys and runs into a very filthy bathroom. He promptly jumps into astall and up onto the toilet so that anyone entering won't be able tosee his feet below the stall door. But, while juggling the baby and hismost beloved handgun, he drops the pistol into the toilet. Thinkingquickly, he puts the baby down on the disgusting floor, fishes his gunfrom the toilet bowl, heads over to the baby changing station on thewall, and begins lovingly cleaning his weapon while the baby gurgleshappily from the heavily soiled floor.If you don't like this kind of humor then, please, stay away from thismovie.This is quite a departure from previous Clive Owen films that I'veseen. Being more of the "serious" actor, it was nice to see him insomething so ridiculously funny and out of (what I thought to be)character for him.The other surprise was the estimable Paul Giamatti (LADY IN THE WATER)as a hit-man out to kill the mother of the baby that Owen's characterinitially saves. Not only does Hertz (Giamatti) want the woman dead,but also her child. But when an unsuspecting tough guy named Mr. Smith(Owens) inadvertently gets involved in his "business", Giamatti'scharacter gets much more than he bargained for. This was quite a changeof pace for Giamatti who tends to play quieter characters. Here inShoot 'em up he's a loud sociopath with a penchant for killing. He'salso hysterically funny as he tries to kill the baby and now Mr. Smithall while juggling a demanding wife who continually calls him on thephone at the most inopportune times ("Honey. I'm busy right now. I'llhave to call you back.") Donna Quintano (Monica Bellucci) plays thehooker with a heart of gold role after Mr. Smith (Owens) comes to herfor assistance with the baby. Donna recently lost her own child and Mr.Smith knows that having a new baby around will help her ...as well ashimself. But her morales aren't very well grounded. When they run outof money to buy bullets, Donna tries to help by utilizing herprostitute skills near a dumpster ...much to the chagrin of Mr. Smith.Plot-wise, it doesn't make much sense. There's a series of scenesdevoted to why Giamatti's character is trying to kill the baby(politics, advanced medicine, presidential candidates, etc.) but itdoesn't make much difference. It is the outlandish antics of Mr. Smithand his over-the-top James Bond-ish shooting abilities that make thisfilm what it is. And you'll howl with laughter as the bullets fly, thetargets get hit with impossible accuracy, the prostitute and the toughguy fall for each other, all while this newborn takes a wild ride.
Don't get me wrong. Shoot 'Em Up will tell you everything you need toknow from the title. It's about shooting guns at just about everythingthat moves, and plenty of things that don't too. And as far as a plot,its about a British man who takes care of a baby for it's now deadmother.It's nothing you would not expect, really. So why am I rating it somiddle-of-the-line? Because, frankly, it's pretty soulless. Now I amnot going to try and say that John Woo's flicks are going to win Oscarsfor plot or character development. But the characters in his films--byand large--still manage to make you care even if only slightly fortheir well being. And either the setting (Hard Boiled) or the plot (TheMatrix) are so compelling that your interest will be held.Shoot 'Em Up, however, fails to do this. Perhaps it is the anonymity ofthe setting and characters, or perhaps it is because of it'spredictability, but I found myself failing to care even slightly forthe fates of any one character. Clive Owen's character seems to be achildish interpretation of a sort of Man With No Name-style character,and Giamatti's villain tries hard to come off as some sort offamily-man on the side, displaying depths of depravity make thatdownright unbelievable. Everyone else you either hate or do not careabout (though at least the people you hate--by and large--are those youare supposed to hate, which is not all that difficult frankly). The movie at its face seems to want to be a sort of Woo-styled gun-playmovie, but it can't seem to stick to it. It tries to be part Westerntoo with it's mysterious lead and ruthless bounty hunter antagonist, afew bits of 70's Grindhouse Cinema levels of sexual perversion and evenpart "science gone mad!" and political statement towards the end of it.This all makes the impression that the director wants to take it pastthe sort of "face value" action movie that many people take it to be.This might be fine were it not so ineptly done to the point ofpretentiousness.The only reason that Shoot 'Em Up is not truly awful is the actionsequences. Some of these are unique and impressive (such as CliveOwen's character using a playground merry-go-round to deflectGiamatti's aim at a baby in the center), whereas others are CGI-feststhat seem to try just a little too hard to squeeze a "wow" out of you.The movie can't even afford the use of squibs, substituting the classicsquirts of arterial spray for CGI-generated red blots. Now that is justcutting corners!In the end, it fails to be engaging in it's plot, largely fails to beinnovative in it's action sequences and just barely avoids being socookie-cutter as to be truly despicable (Max Payne, anyone?). For fansof the genre, there are far superior titles to enjoy. But if you areaiming for a stupid afternoon killing movie you will forget by the endof the day, Shoot 'Em Up will sufficie.
Love this movie. Action. Action. Action. Comedy. Comedy. Comedy. Thinka hero can take a day off when he's homeless? This flick answers no.Featuring gunfights that warp the mind with brilliantly funny violence(thats funny as in HA HA folks). Over the top and unapologetic. Think"James Bond" with food stamps. The story hits you on the back of thehead constantly like your grandpa used to. If you can't laugh at thisflick you need medication. Kickin music + Guns + Clive Owen +Mysterious Baby + Monica Bellucci + Tank + Carrots + Paul Giamotti xEndless Suply of "Hench-Men" = Good friggin movie to watch. You don'thave to check my math. Just check the show. Enjoy.
This film to me was an action comedy that was based around getting muchaction as possible in the film with a minimum plot.The film is surreal and can't be taken seriously, as it starts withOwen, just so happening to be in the right place at the right time whena baron mother is under threat, the fact Owen is chewing a carrot makesit even more surreal. Suddenly the screen is filled with some amazinggun battling with Giamatti making himself noticed. With Owen remarkablyable to deliver a baby as well.The whole basis of the film is a joke such as the lady interest,Belluci, playing a hooker who is of use to supply the baby breast milk.While Giamatti being bad ass, while at the same time talking on thephone to his wife at regular intervals.You can't hold anything against the action sequences no matter how OTTthey are, just reflect on the films title. There were a few comicmoments due to Owen's anger, particularly with a security guard and himdrinking coffee, as well as many subtle jokes with his love forcarrots.There was, however, no need for a plot, as it was so weak. Why would arunner for president do such a thing? Overall, very enjoyable, but itsa film you would only be able to watch once.
This review is from: Shoot 'Em Up (DVD) This movie was awesome. Constant nonstop action. Very good!! Rented it, loved it and had to have it for my collection. Could watch it over and over again.
are these people with their 1 and 2 star reviews for real? reviewing this movie like it is supposed to be realistic and believable. it's a friggin' movie! it's called 'shoot em up'! it delivers! it's not up for best picture. it's over the top...and it works! and for everybody comparing it to bond and what not, get a life. it's a parody of those films. get it?
It might be tough for me to explain why I so loved this film, but I'll give it a go anyway. After recently watching and reviewing The Kingdom, I explained that I wasn't one of those movie critics who enjoyed action over plot (with a few exceptions, of course). And this is why I fell head-over-heels for SHOOT `EM UP. It is precisely an action over plot film. But wait! Let me explain! It's that and quite a bit more. What Shoot `em up does is take that style of action and put it into absolutely ludicrous proportions. And in doing so it makes great fun of itself and all those action films that've come before. From the gun-loving and reluctant dark hero, to the hooker with a heart of gold, Shoot `em up takes these themes to far out extremes and makes for some of the funniest scenes you'll ever see. Let me give you an example: In one scene Mr. Smith (Clive Owen, Children of Men), our dark hero, escapes with a newborn baby from some bad guys and runs into a very filthy bathroom. He promptly jumps into a stall and up onto the toilet so that anyone entering won't be able to see his feet below the stall door. But, while juggling the baby and his most beloved handgun, he drops the pistol into the toilet. Thinking quickly, he puts the baby down on the disgusting floor, fishes his gun from the toilet bowl, heads over to the baby changing station on the wall, and begins lovingly cleaning his weapon while the baby gurgles happily from the heavily soiled floor. If you don't like this kind of humor then, please, stay away from this movie.This is quite a departure from previous Clive Owen films that I've seen. Being more of the "serious" actor, it was nice to see him in something so ridiculously funny and out of (what I thought to be) character for him.The other surprise was the estimable Paul Giamatti (Lady in the Water) as a hitman out to kill the mother of the baby that Owen's character initially saves. Not only does Hertz (Giamatti) want the woman dead, but also her child. But when an unsuspecting tough guy named Mr. Smith (Owens) inadvertently gets involved in his "business", Giamatti's character gets much more than he bargained for. This was quite a change of pace for Giamatti who tends to play quieter characters. Here in Shoot `em up he's a loud sociopath with a penchant for killing. He's also hysterically funny as he tries to kill the baby and now Mr. Smith all while juggling a demanding wife who continually calls him on the phone at the most inopportune times ("Honey. I'm busy right now. I'll have to call you back.")Donna Quintano (Monica Bellucci) plays the hooker with a heart of gold role after Mr. Smith (Owens) comes to her for assistance with the baby. Donna recently lost her own child and Mr. Smith knows that having a new baby around will help her ...as well as himself. But her morales aren't very well grounded. When they run out of money to buy bullets, Donna tries to help by utilizing her prostitute skills near a dumpster ...much to the chagrin of Mr. Smith. Plot-wise, it doesn't make much sense. There's a series of scenes devoted to why Giamatti's character is trying to kill the baby (politics, advanced medicine, presidential candidates, etc.) but it doesn't make much difference. It is the outlandish antics of Mr. Smith and his over-the-top James Bond-ish shooting abilities that make this film what it is. And you'll howl with laughter as the bullets fly, the targets get hit with impossible accuracy, the prostitute and the tough guy fall for each other, all while this newborn takes a wild ride.
The title is certainly appropriate here, as there are any number ofshootouts featured in this Michael Davis (Monster Man, Girl Fever) jetblack comedy starring Clive Owen ("Derailed," "Children of Men") andPaul Giamatti ("Lady in the Water," "Cinderella Man").Yes, there are gun battles in warehouses, in the streets, in officebuildings, restrooms, on highways, on a jet airliner and in midair.There's even a gunfight in a gun manufacturing plant. Hoo boy.It's a hybrid of "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill," "The Shooter" and MelGibson's "Payback," with a little bit of "The Island" thrown in; butit's ultimately a violent, muddled mess with a confusing plot andlittle or no character development. For instance, we know nothing ofthe motivation of either lead, and the premise meanders like a rat in alaboratory maze.Part James Bond and part "Sin City" rogue antihero, Owen playscarrot-munching lone wolf, Mr. Smith, who rescues a baby from the handsof an evil, unnamed gang led by Hertz (Giamatti). He saves the childduring Â you guessed it Â a gunfight.Don't ask me to get too deep here (as the movie doesn't), but theinfant is part of a baby farm operation used to harvest blood for anill and aging Democratic presidential candidate. Yeah, I really didn'tget it, either.Smith then hands the kid off to a lactating prostitute, DQ (MonicaBellucci, "Passion of the Christ," "Brothers Grimm"), and puts up aspirited defense that leaves hundreds of bad guys dead and the audiencebewitched, bothered and bewildered.Owen, with his suave British manner and cocky deadpan delivery (hemakes bad jokes after almost every killing) is fine here; as is themaniacal villain, with appropriate facial ticks and exasperation at hisincompetent henchman. Giamatti also looks like he took several blows tothe cheeks with a lead pipe, as well.Bellucci, however, is awful, constantly being out-acted by athree-month old child and its puppet stand-in. It's okay, though, asshe spends much of the film hiding inside a World War II era Shermantank.Of course, thespian talents are not really necessary here, with whatlittle dialog there is being used only to connect the many shootoutstogether.This isn't to say the film is not worth seeing. It's Tarrantino-likedark humor (with a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone and John Woo) willcertainly attract a following (mostly a male college-age crowd), and itdoes have it's moments.But, like a fellow reviewer commented during the credits, "It's likewatching a video game." I added, "No, it's like watching someone elseplay a video game." And, if I've learned anything, the only thing worsethan playing a video game, it's watching someone else play a videogame.
There's the action movie where they try to make it awesome, but throughfailed attempts, ends up corny.Then there's attempts like this where they try making it corny, andends up awesome.The corny humor was put in there on purpose which makes it even thatmuch funnier cause they KNOW it's corny. I give a round of applause tothe directors/writers for this movie, it was a lot of fun.*Puts sock on a babies head*The action was plentiful, but to keep it with the movies style, theymade it so humanly impossible and corny it was just plain fun.
This movie is the perfect boys' night out flick. Very light on the plotside, this movie let's you put your thoughts on hold for a non-stopaction roller-coaster ride. And what a fun ride it is! It's violentaction, packed with one-liner jokes, stunning visuals, a bit of sex andplenty of carrots. Yes, you'd be surprised what you can do withcarrots.Granted, the plot is so thin and nonsensical - it may as well have beenleft out of the movie. But you won't miss the plot for a moment,because this movie never drops its pace. It starts with a bang, andconstantly goes higher from there. The action is so imaginative, you'llbe saying: "This - I've never seen before!" one scene after the other.You've never seen so many ways to kill with a carrot, and that's justone weapon used in this film.Some might think you need to check your brain at the door to enjoy thismovie, but even if you don't, you'll find a huge stupid grin of joy onyour face from start to finish.
Mr. Smith is sitting on a park bench, eating a carrot and drinking a coffee. A pregnant woman runs by him. A mean dude in a leather coat soon follows. There's a shootout in an abandoned train station; the woman gives birth; a wicked, intelligent killer named Mr. Hertz shows up. Smith escapes with the child, and decides to take it to a lactating prostitute. The three of them go on the run from Hertz, discovering along the way a scandal of tremendous proportions that could forever change the rest of their lives--if it doesn't kill them first.Are you laughing at the implausibility of it all yet? You should be. "Shoot 'Em Up" is what action fans such as myself have been dreaming of for years--a guilty pleasure without any guilt. It doesn't take itself seriously, and you shouldn't, either. As stated in the behind the scenes featurette: there are probably more bullets than words, and that's just how we like it.Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti, as Smith and Hertz respectively, bounce off each other like pingpong balls; both men are a delight to watch, Giamatti especially taking an immense thrill in the role of a sadistic genius. Monica Bellucci adds some feminine wise-cracking allure to the film (which all action movies must have). The movie--both the dialogue and action--is witty and intense; you'll laugh yourself off the edge of your seat, and yet shiver in suspense at the same time. Never have I seen something so funny be so cool. The action is as quick, the timing is impeccable, and "Shoot 'Em Up" is going down as one of the greatest action movies you've seen. Not quite a farce--it's intentionally funny, but not to the point of parody--it's more a warm-hearted, warts-and-all homage to the great action flicks of our time. Making it more than the sum of its parts, in many ways. So watch it with popcorn in hand, and be prepared to be blown away.
I'm very jaded when it comes to movies and television, and action filmslike this tend to be a dime a dozen, but what sets this one above therest is some genuinely unique scenes, most of which involve carrots.Yes, carrots.My only quibble are scenes where it is too obvious they are trying tonot show the female lead's nipples when she is topless. The overtnessof camera angles, positioning of the actors, and abrupt edits are a bittoo jarring during breastfeeding scenes and a gunfight scene -while-the two leads have sex, whereas there is full frontal nudity of otheractresses, making me wonder why they would hire an actress opposed tonudity for a script that requires it.Other than that, I'd like to thank the people who made this movie forsurprising me at least a half dozen times and showing me things I'venever seen before.
SHOOT 'EM UP (2007) ***1/2 Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci,Stephen McHattie, Ramona Pringle, Greg Byrk. Over-the-top,tongue-thru-cheek action-packed piece of pulp fiction that has noqualms about going the extra yard for ludicrous content with thisoverstylized, hyperkinetic homage to the genre with laconicevery(anti-)hero Smith (Owen at his uber cool best gleefully enjoyingevery silly, macho moment) getting neck deep in a heinous plotinvolving the hit assigned to a newborn infant for the nefarious dealsof a corrupt politician and the evil Hertz (Giamatti relishing hisscuzz-ball villain to the hilt) out to do the dirty deed. Along for theride is zaftig Amazonian, lactating hooker-with-a-heart- of-gold DonnaQuintano (sex goddess Bellucci at her most luscious) in league with herparamour to save the baby at any cost. Relative newcomer filmmakerMichael Davis pulls out all the stops and gets the heart pumping withnew fervor even while you're thinking how ridiculous it all seems.Think a Tarantino film meeting a Bugs Bunny Looney Toons cartoon(replete with Smith's carrot munching and original usage as weapons!) Atrue guilty pleasure for the popcorn crowd.