Shoot 'Em Up (18)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 11 2007

Michael Davis’ audacious John Woo-style actioner opens with Clive Owen sitting on a bench munching a carrot as a pregnant woman stumbles by, clutching her stomach. Seconds later, a car comes crashing out of nowhere and this angry geezer gets out and threatens to kill the woman. So Owen strolls over and shoves his carrot through the guy’s mouth, and then, get this, delivers the woman’s child by shooting the umbilical cord. Then all hell breaks loose with as many as a dozen gunmen appearing from nowhere. Owen kills them all. In the first two minutes.

What follows is a relentless barrage of improbable shootouts so plentiful it’s like watching someone play ‘Halo’ on Xbox. It transpires that mind-reading hitman Mr Hertz (Paul Giamatti) and his platoon of thugs have been hired to kill the child because of a bone-marrow racket being perpetrated by an unknown authority figure. This is seedy, morally defunct, low-IQ cinema for airheads: it’s toe-curlingly violent and mostly plain nasty, but quite fun in a debauched kind of way. It deserves a couple of stars, but only for Giamatti, who stands out as an effective badman.

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Release details

Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Sep 14, 2007

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Michael Davis

Production Designer:

Gary Frutkoff

Editor:

Peter Amundson

Cast:

Daniel Pilon, Stephen McHattie, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti, Clive Owen

Cinematography:

Peter Pau

Music:

Paul Haslinger

Screenwriter:

Michael Davis

Art Director:

Patrick Banister

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Jack the Bear

Ludicrous and sleazy. Cheesy one-liners, an absurd carrot motif, and a relentless succession of mainly unimaginative action sequences - although the scene in which a naked Clive Owen kills a series of villains while simultaneously bringing Monica Bellucci to ecstasy has a certain verve. But mostly it is like the fantasy of an indulged teenager who fancies himself as a bit of an auteur. It may be a pastiche, although I doubt that it has that intelligence, but if so it is a very inferior example.

Nicky

Brilliant film. Funny from start to finish. How anybody could watch this without a smile on their face i'll never know. Great actions sequences. Suspend belief and you'll enjoy.

Nicky

Brilliant film. Funny from start to finish. How anybody could watch this without a smile on their face i'll never know. Great actions sequences. Suspend belief and you'll enjoy.

Twinkerz2

I'm in agreement with Ethanrunt, and I think most reviewers -- professional or otherwise -- appear to have missed the point that it is a brilliant satire on the action genre. I found it hysterically funny, and I enjoyed both Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen playing off each other. It appeared they were having great fun with it. The violence, whilst almost non-stop, was highly stylised and not remotely intended to seem 'realistic'. What came to mind for me was a "Kill Bill" with guns.

Twinkerz2

I'm in agreement with Ethanrunt, and I think most reviewers -- professional or otherwise -- appear to have missed the point that it is a brilliant satire on the action genre. I found it hysterically funny, and I enjoyed both Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen playing off each other. It appeared they were having great fun with it. The violence, whilst almost non-stop, was highly stylised and not remotely intended to seem 'realistic'. What came to mind for me was a "Kill Bill" with guns.

holden mcneal

perfect example of "does what it says on the tin" wall to wall action ,money shot after money shot great action film. go see it

holden mcneal

perfect example of "does what it says on the tin" wall to wall action ,money shot after money shot great action film. go see it

jose

one of the dumbest but at the same time entertaining movie of all time

jamie

i can just say this totaly awsome movie hot lead and guns amazing to watch

jamie

i can just say this totaly awsome movie hot lead and guns amazing to watch

Ben

Great film. Action from start to finish - most boring bit- first 2 seconds. Top banana

Ben

Great film. Action from start to finish - most boring bit- first 2 seconds. Top banana

John

Worst film i've ever seen, do not for one second recommend this movie.

EthanRunt

After the 2 year wait since hearing about it, this film delivered and then some. Giamatti is always brilliant, and even though he is evil, it's so funny to see him at work, Owen deadpanly quips with guns and words throughout, half the film is a trailer, and it's a perfect satire of action films in general, pitch black perfection at it's very best, and will be a cult classic for years to come too.

EthanRunt

After the 2 year wait since hearing about it, this film delivered and then some. Giamatti is always brilliant, and even though he is evil, it's so funny to see him at work, Owen deadpanly quips with guns and words throughout, half the film is a trailer, and it's a perfect satire of action films in general, pitch black perfection at it's very best, and will be a cult classic for years to come too.