Movie Review: Shoot 'Em Up

Not for fans of realism


Ray Baxter, senior reviewer

While "Shoot 'Em Up" is not likely to garner any motion picture award nominations this year, it could very well win a prize for having a title that so aptly describes what you are about to see.

The main characters go just by one name and beginning with the opening scene, you quickly get the feeling that Director Michael Davis must be a graduate of the Quentin Tarantino School of Mayhem.

In the opening scene, our Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) is calmly eating a carrot (as he does throughout the movie) while waiting for a bus, when a very pregnant woman runs past him, pursued by a bad guy with a gun.

Reluctantly he allows his sense of decency to overrule his initial reaction not to get involved, and he decides to help her.

Before you realize it, the bad guy has about 50 of his closest friends join him with all types of guns blazing against Smith. But they are no match for our hero, as he simultaneously takes them out, while delivering the woman's baby (employing a rather unique method of cutting the umbilical cord).

During the gunfight, the mother is killed. Smith now realizes the bad guys, headed by Mr. Hertz (Paul Giamatti), are actually out to kill the baby.

Again his good instincts take over and he accepts that it is now his responsibility to save the life of this newborn he has named Oliver.

Fortunately for Smith, he knows a prostitute named DQ (Monica Bellucci) that just happens at this point in time to be lactating, so they join forces to protect and feed the little one.

Each ensuing chapter in this movie has even more bad guys coming after Smith, but he is always able to survive the situation, while at the same time increasing the body count exponentially. There is never a situation where Smith is not able to fire away with guns in each hand, while also completing the task at hand, e.g. a lovemaking scene with DQ.

Perhaps the most incredible scenes include Smith and the bad guys in a free-fall shootout at 10,000 feet.

If you prefer realism in your movies, then this is not the one to see. But if your take is being entertained for 90 minutes by complete impracticality, with a heavy metal soundtrack in the background, and by a movie that employed more than 80 stuntmen, then this is the one to see.

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