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Shoot ‘Em Up. (2007). Dir Michael Davis. Hull CineWorld

 Whilst waiting for a bus in a seedy part of town, Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) is called upon to deliver a baby in the midst of the mother of all shoot outs. His troubles are only just beginning….

This is a total no brainer of a film in the style of Death Sentence but, and this is the crucial bit, it a rip roaring comedy of high intensity and non stop shooting.

A riot of a film in every sense, so the jokes and “lame” dialogue which is frequently groan worthy, are entirely intentional and makes for a brilliant hour and a half of fun complete with a heavy metal sound track which will earn Lemmy a few extra Special Brew tokens in his dotage for the usage of Motorhead’s piece de resistance, The Ace of Spades.

Presidential hopeful, and vehement gun opponent Senator Rutledge has a terminal condition that can only be overcome by special blood from “farmed” babies, and as it happens Smith is the protector of the last of these infants. The only slight problem is that goons galore led by the psychotic Hertz (Paul Giamatti) who is in the pay of the arms lobby (or is he?) will go to any lengths to eliminate Baby Oliver.

Cue mind boggling stunts, superbly choreographed shoot sequences, mad car chases and you have the perfect action comedy, and Shoot ’em Up is a fresh and original take on this genre.

Our old friend Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian said; “it’s ultimately wearyingly crude and calculating.” Writer/ director Michael Davis HAS done a good job then, as Bradshaw, once again, proves that he is a po faced killjoy who more often than not, just doesn’t get it regarding films like this.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “Shoot ‘Em Up. (2007). Dir Michael Davis. Hull CineWorld

  1. Why was Paul Giamatti wearing a masonic emblem on his lapel in the movie "Shoot Em Up"?
    In the middle of the picture, you can see on his left lapel of his coat a square and compass with the letter G

    Posted by Michael | August 17, 2008, 3:03 am

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