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The casting is genius as well, beginning with Clive Owen, who's dead-on here, with his ever-present carrot in hand, rescuing the (adorable) baby, getting the girl, killing the bad guys (who just keep coming like deranged vampire replicants), even solving The Mystery from the most obscure of clues, all while complaining about everything he hates.
And speaking of the great Paul Giamatti, he's in monumentally fine form here as Hertz, the self-described brilliant leader of the gunmen. Squallid and seedy beyond all comprehension, you just know he's having a blast (pun intended) with this part. After proving in his last few outings that he can carry a film and play anything, he gets to bask hardily in full venal mode, sneering, scowling and torturing his way into our hearts as only Giamatti can.
The film is shot in stark, sharp tones, making it look like a comic book come to life more than any film I've ever seen, while still using real actors. And there are sequences here that you have NOT witnessed before, speaking of that originality I mentioned earlier. The one which stood out most to me is the one where Clive Owen and Monica Bellucci (also perfect) are making love and the baddies bust in. In most films, this would pre-empt the love-making. In Shoot 'Em Up, they continue the act, which actually culminates while the bullets are flying. Worked for me.
This is an action movie that manages to both make fun of the action genre hyperboles and, at the same time, deliver a string of explosive action sequences. Sure, the plot is not the most deep but it far from paper-thin and, anyway, these are 86min of your life you will be glad you spent having fun.
The Academy gave ...THE HURT LOCKER an Oscar and they passed over this movie!!? SHOOT 'EM UP deserves an Oscar for just two unforgettable scenes: the packaging-line shootout in Mr Smith's lair and the unique shootout/sex ballet. Now, throw in Paul Giammati's smartass one-liners and you have yourself a movie which is great fun to watch.
Giammati may try his hardest to be the usual scene-stealer yet Clive Owen is the one who really delivers this movie. I am sure when they watched this, the producers of the James Bond franchise were kicking themselves for going with Daniel Craig.
As bullets fly in scenes that trump each previous one for fiendishly clever outrageousness, one can only imagine the film makers' glee as they produced this brainless yet exceedingly clever piece of entertainment. Put this one next to "Bloodsport" on your guilty pleasure shelf.
Not big as in "$100 million budget", but big in its ambitions and it does deliver on that front (big action from beginning to end).
Not loud as in "Michael Bay flicks" but loud as in intense gunplay, intense action, intense humor, intense movie.
Not funny as in "dumb" but funny as in dialogs are funny, the humor is very important even though it's pretty dark.
Not weird as in "David Lynch weird" but weird for some of the characters' attitudes and acts, which sometimes make it even funnier.
You owe it to yourself to buy or at least give this movie a try... it's one of my very big surprises of 2007 :D
Most recent customer reviews
A good movie. Totally over the top but fun action.
This is a violent movie in which you can actually relax through it because it is so ridiculous. Read more
Very vunny, my wife doesn't like it, she says ot is for teens. Well, probably I am one. LOL. MartinPublished on May 2 2014 by Martin Pitchon
That's right. This movie is a very loose live action interpretation of the never ending chase between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2010 by RobCons
THIS FILM IS WAY UNDER RATED. THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL. SHOOT EM UP ACTION FROM START TO FINISH. GREAT ACTION SPECIAL EFECTS. ALL THE ACTORS ARE GOOD TO. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2009 by got jesus?
this movie is so good it rivals Kill Bill in terms of inventiveness and slick execution. I hate heavy metal music, but i love heavy metal in this movie. Great acting also. Read morePublished on May 28 2009 by chris1
But what I hate most is wasting time watching these stupid movies! This movie is so far fetch that it's absurd... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2008 by D. Landry