Shoot ‘Em Up

2 03 2008

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Release Date: September 7, 2007

Running Time: 86 Minutes

The best way to describe Shoot ‘Em Up, in all seriousness, is like one super long Bugs Bunny cartoon, shot in live action with real people. So if you are expecting seriousness and realism, this is not the movie for you. If however, you are able to suspend your disbelief for 86 minutes, you will be treated to an awesome movie with a total body count of 130.

Be warned, however, that the incredible kill rate of 1.5 bodies per minute does not come for free. To achieve this much action in such a short space of time, the film sacrifices much of it’s plot, and the little bit of plot that remains is little more than a thin string, trying desperately to hold the action scenes together. The plot is not really important, in my opinion, as you won’t be watching this movie for the plot, but rather for the beautifully done gunfight scenes.

However, I feel that a brief rundown of the plot is in order, just so that you can see what I am talking about. Ok, try and follow me on this: So this man, named Smith (Clive Owen), rescues this pregnant woman from a hitman trying to kill her. This causes another man to come after Smith and the baby, who was born just after his mother died. So now Smith is being chased by literally hordes of seemingly never ending hitmen, trying to kill him and the baby. To keep the baby quiet, he enlists the help of a lactating prostitute, brilliantly portrayed by Monica Bellucci, and thus they go on a quest to try to find out who this baby is and why so many people want him dead.

Plot is not the only thing that is short in this movie, however. Maybe as a result of the thin plotline, the character development is minimal. We learn very little of anybody’s past, beyond small snippets of information that could be easily missed if you were not paying attention. A recurring gag throughout the movie is the antagonist’s wife phoning him at inopportune moments, and the lies he tells her (E.G. that he is on a business trip and that there are complications that will require him to stay a few days longer).

As I said, there is little chance of winning an Oscar for best writing in Shoot ‘Em Up. The gunfights, however, are beautifully choreographed, and you find yourself really rooting for Smith, as he lands in impossible situation after impossible situation – and somehow managing to shoot his way out each time too. The best example is when he delivers the aforementioned baby from the aforementioned women while simultaneously keeping tens of hitmen at bay, with just a single pistol.

Bugs Bunny cartoons are mentioned in some way, shape or form quite often in the movie actually, from Smith’s love of carrots (he somehow manages to keep pulling fresh carrots out his trenchcoat), to some lines exchanged between Smith and the antagonist, due to Smith’s carrot eating.

There is not much more to be said about this movie. If you’re a fan of movies like Equilibrium or The Matrix, and you especially liked the gunfight scenes, then I recommend that you give Shoot ‘Em Up a chance as well.

This movie gets 4 out of 5 stars, by virtue of the awesome action scenes and the hotness of Monica Bellucci (ha ha jokes), and the fact that I refuse to allow half stars, otherwise this would have gotten three and a half.

Related Websites: Wikipedia, Movie Body Count.

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