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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Shoot 'Em Up

Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Shoot 'Em Up
Studio: New Line
Rated: R
Cast: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci
WorkNameSort: Shoot 'Em Up
Our Rating: 3.00
Shoot 'Em Up is a wildly stylized B-film that draws heavily upon influences like the spaghetti Western, Hong Kong cinema and even Frank Miller's comic-book series Sin City. But never once does it take itself seriously, nor does it attempt to convince you that this cartoon world populated by unstoppable gunmen, FBI-profilers-turned-hitmen and lactating hookers should be taken seriously, either. Clive Owen is Mr. Smith, a man who can kill with a carrot (which he does, twice); after helping a woman give birth while gunning down assassins trying to kill her and the newborn, he finds himself compelled to protect the baby. To help him out, he picks up DQ, a hooker with a heart of gold; in the role, Monica Bellucci is an Italian-spewing goddess who, in order to buy a bulletproof jacket for the baby, will sell a blow job to a random guy on the street. Rounding out the cast of this ode to extravagant violence is Paul Giamatti as the balding Mr. Hertz; delightfully evil, he's the most unconventional (and satisfying) villain Hollywood has produced this year. This isn't what most people would call Shakespeare, but, for this kind of movie, it's goddamn Hamlet.


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