Shoot 'Em Up

Shoot 'Em Up

Michael Davis (3) (2007)

82min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hollywood has often plagiarised John Woo's highly stylised gunfight choreography, but this audacious effort may be the first film to try and teach the master some new tricks. Inspired by Woo's Hard-Boiled - in particular its climactic maternity-ward shoot-out - writer/director Michael Davis's gun-obsessed thriller opens with a pregnant woman giving birth during a firefight and never lets up. Clive Owen heads the cast as mysterious, carrot-munching hero Smith, who's roped into saving the newborn child from an army of assassins, led by Paul Giamatti's preening bad guy. Cartoonish dialogue and ugly production values detract from the film's ballistic set pieces, all choreographed with chutzpah: a skydiving gun battle; a sex scene during a shoot-out; and an ingenious moment as Smith becomes a marksman puppeteer, slaying dozens of bad guys using guns on strings. It's fun but terminally adolescent, and unfortunately runs out of ideas long before it runs out of bullets.

Summary

A gun-toting mysterious stranger delivers a baby, which he is forced to protect from a horde of heavily armed assassins. Enlisting the aid of a prostitute, he sets out to discover why the child has been marked for death - and if he cannot manage that, he will just kill everyone who gets in his way. Action adventure, starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci.

Cast & Crew

Smith Clive Owen
Donna "DQ" Quintano Monica Bellucci
Hertz Paul Giamatti
Hammerson Stephen McHattie
Lone man Greg Bryk
Senator Rutledge Daniel Pilon
Baby Oliver Sidney Mende-Gibson
Baby Oliver Lucas Mende-Gibson
Baby's mother Ramona Pringle
Hertz's driver Julian Richings
Director Michael Davis (3)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists Ltd Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scene, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 14 Sep 2007

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