Shoot Em Up

Year: 2007
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Michael Davis
Writer: Michael Davis
Cast: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci
The casting was the most interesting thing about this movie. How two actors as A list (and good) like Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti would end up in an over the top, cartoon violence action movie from the school that gave us Vertical Limit, Torque and Crank is a mystery.

The 'plot' is explained - and thrown - away in a 60 second sequence about two thirds of the way in. Other than that, just strap yourself in and watch everything you love from James Bond, Die Hard et al without all the fiddly add ons like character, story and especially believability. That's in no way what writer/director Davis was all about, and it's amazing that more Americans didn't realise that, staying away in droves to the extent the film barely scraped back a tenth of its budget.

It's wall to wall blood, bullets and mayhem as Owen helps a woman on the run from armed goons deliver her baby. He's some sort of crack special forces gunman, apparently - we never find out what sort - but before you can say 'Exposition? Pfft!' he's on the run with the baby, a hooker he knows in passing (Bellucci) and an army of scary thugs in tow, led by a gleefully sinister Giamatti having as much fun as you are.

Turn your brain off as you turn it on and if nothing else you should enjoy the choreography of the fight scenes. If you don't find anything to like about it how can you call yourself a movie fan?

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