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With: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie
Written by: Michael Davis
Directed by: Michael Davis
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality and some language
Running Time: 93
Date: 07/26/2007

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bang Violence

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ignoring the incredible misogyny and callousness, Michael Davis's Shoot 'Em Up works on a kind of stripped-down, pure, gleeful violence, committed by characters who aren't capable of anything else. A mysterious hero (Clive Owen) rescues a newborn baby from a gunfight and, together with a prostitute (Monica Bellucci), tries to protect it from a sneering, evil mastermind (Paul Giamatti -- who speaks in a kind of snarky murmur) and an endless parade of highly armed and disposable thugs. Davis invents action sequences so heightened and hyper-aware that they're ludicrous: a woman giving birth during a gunfight, a shootout while freefalling out of an airplane, etc. It's exciting, but leaves you burned out, rather than pumped up. Parents should definitely stay away. Shoot 'Em Up

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