Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Shoot 'em Up (2007)
Director: Michael Davis
Cast: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Belluci
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 86 min.
Score: 8 out of 10
Loud, frenetic, and utterly ridiculous... I LOVED IT!
I am someone who is of the opinion that you could take Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti and have them switch off reading the phone book on film for two hours and I would probably pay money to see it. But, throw them into a fast paced ultra-violent action movie and you've got cinema gold.
The story is thin and really only exists to tie the action set pieces together. The body count is amazingly high as I think they were going for the record. Inspired by the violent cinematic ballets of John Woo's Hong Kong films, Shoot 'em Up goes WAY over the top in both style and pure mayhem.
I can solidly recommend this one to any fan of real hardcore action films.