In case you were wondering what kind of movie is this, the answers lie in the title. It’s not Shoot Them Up, it’s Shoot ‘Em Up, announcing the bloodshed that’s about to happen. This is one of those guilty pleasure movies with a lot of action and sleek visuals. Michael Davis created a totally over the top movie, filled with really creative action sequences (who knew you could use a carrot as weapon) and humor. Of course, you couldn’t do this without the humor because the whole thing would just look silly. Just imagine the opening scene done like in some super serious movie and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Usually movies like this are low-budget efforts with wobbly plots and anonymous actors, this was not the case here. Clive, Paul, Monica and fucking Stephen McHattie (Pontypool) were all great. Clive probably needed something more relaxed after his last movie that was quite difficult (Children of Men). I just wanted to say that all this effort would be in vain if the actors tried to go solo on this one. We were lucky and all of them knew how to gauge the intensity of their performance to perfectly suit this movie’s zany style.

Shoot 'Em Up [2007] Movie Review Recommendation PosterThere was a drifter that went by the name Smith, a drifter who might not be rich but at least he didn’t try to kill anyone. This was not the case with a strange thug chasing a pregnant woman just meters from our man Smith. He just could not let this slide, so he engages the man, eventually killing him in the most unusual way. Just when he thought that the ordeal is over, more thugs show up and the woman goes into labor. Smith manages to kill them all while simultaneously delivering a baby. What happens after this is up to you to find out.

As you probably guessed from these opening scenes this is one strange and fun movie. So don’t think too much and indulge those dark and deep urges. I mean, for fucks sake, have you ever seen a man delivering a baby during a shootout? The writers were fully aware of the absurdity of the whole situation and they reveled in it. I think that the closest comparison is the Crank series starring Jason Statham, but that movie seems coherent and tame when compared to Shoot ‘Em Up. Another movie you might wanna check after this one is MacGruber, with over-the-top action and a lot of humor. Too bad Micheal Davis kinda fell of the face of the Earth after this movie, it would be interesting to see more of him.

Director: Michael Davis

Cast: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie

Fun Stuff: Body Count: 106, 15 gallons of fake blood were used.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465602/

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