Movie Review – Shoot ‘Em Up – Insanely…INSANE

Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen

Mr. Smith, the angriest, most hardboiled man in the world, finds himself entrusted to protect the most innocent thing of all–a newborn child. When Smith delivers the baby in the middle of a gunfight, he soon discovers that the infant is the target of a shadowy force that has sent a team of mysterious and endless assailants, led by Hertz..

This is a movie I heard a lot about and it was something I was definitely interested in, a bit weird, loads of action and a great lead man (Clive Owen!) plus a hot lactating prostitute (Monica Bellucci) – how can you beat that!

It didn’t go down to well with the critics, but then it wouldn’t…it’s not arty or pretentious, it’s not deep or meaningful, it’s crazy, fun and entertaining. Not an Oscar or Grammy winner, but definitely capable of becoming a cult favourite for many people. It does pretty well on IMDB though with a 7.1.

There’s not much of a plot so I won’t bother going into that..but Clive Owen is one of my favourite male actors and he’s just suited perfectly to this hard-edged, quirky, kick-ass kind of character.

Monica is scorching hot of course, a little weird too and very seductive.

Monica Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up

The bad guy is creepy and weird with a soft side, which suits the odd nature of the film. He’s played well by Paul Giamatti.

Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'Em Up

All in all it’s a thouroughly entertaining film, it’s not thought provoking (although it does take a few stabs at society and human nature) and it’s not deep. It’s a movie you can watch over and over easily without getting tired.

Do be warned though, it’s a movie that may make your neighbors complain about loud noises (Yes it happened to me). It has some incredibly unique action sequence…and it makes carrots cool.

It’s no masterpiece, but it’s definitely worth a watch – forget what the critics say!

I give it a ‘most bullets fired in 5 minutes’ 8/10.




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8 Responses to Movie Review – Shoot ‘Em Up – Insanely…INSANE

  1. Mark February 25, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    After watching this show, I really think twice about not eating carrots anymore, LOL!

  2. Boss Stewie February 25, 2008 at 10:58 am #


  3. Gabriel February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    I did not see the movie, nor I will.

    Despite the fact Monica Bellucci is one of the most beautiful women in the world, she’s a disgrace as an actor (and well – I don’t think you’ve ever heard one of her interviews in Italian… lucky you!).

    She made a couple of good movies for the Italian market that probably were not even distributed in the international circuit; besides that, well… let’s put it like this: maybe the best movies she ever made were “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (she played the role of one of Count’s wives) and “the Dobermann”. In none of those movies she spoke a word…

  4. ShaolinTiger February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Mark: Carrots are cool again!

    Boss Stewie: At least you have some good taste..haha.

    Gabriel: I have to strong disagree with you that point, have you watched Malena? Or Irréversible? She blew me away in those movies. Anyway this is not a movie that requires good acting 🙂

  5. Gabriel February 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    Actually I referred to Malena as one of the movies I thought that weren’t distributed outside Italy… My fault, I should check more often the imdb! Irreversible is nice, but Monica has not a primary role…

  6. earl-ku February 26, 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    dude, just watched this yesterday!

    he could have killed Hertz(Paul Giamati) anytime in the movie, but somehow he let him go on almost every encounter, only killing his cronies …

    the part where his fingers was broked, and he held the bullets and placed his hand on the fireplace and shot Hertz, and the Hertz still able to get back up and shot again …


    seriously its kinda nice with all the shootings and MILF MILF MILF … hahha lactating milf!

  7. v0ices February 29, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    WTF… carrots are dangerous weapons…

  8. ShaolinTiger February 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    Gabriel: Ah ok – no it had limited release outside of Italy too.

    earl-ku: Yah that was pretty cool eh? MILF-tastic! If you notice more often that not he didn’t kill the cronies too – just injured them. Very ‘A-team’.

    v0ices: Carrots rock!