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Shoot or Be Shot (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 January 2002 (USA)
An escaped mental patient holds a film crew hostage and forces them to film his screenplay.



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An escaped mental patient holds a film crew hostage and forces them to film his screenplay.

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Making a movie has never been so crazy!



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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »



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Funny Gimmick movie with Dogma-esque style in-jokes
19 February 2002 | by (Plymouth, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a funny rant that slightly knocks at the Dogma style of film making. This may or may not be intended and other slight jests at films (like Saving Private Ryan) fall flat, but for the most if you buy into the gimmick you should enjoy the ride.

The gimmick is a new film making style where you don't write the movie, it writes itself. Er-go, you stage an event (or location) and let the actors make up the story as events interact with them. There are no special effects and no sets that are not natural. Basically, this is Dogma film making (see Lars von Trier or a film like Idioterne (1998) aka Idiots), or rather a film about a film using the Dogma style, only in this movie its called something different.

The rest of the movie feeds off of the gimmick as Shatner, as an escaped mental patient whom wants to be a screen writer, provides the "event" as the actors and director are held hostage and forced to shoot Shatner's movie, the producer films the events in the style mentioned above.

There are funny lines and bantor (mainly Shatner), but the main part is you must buy into the gimmick.

If you do, it is funny, but granted not specacular. If you miss the gimmick, like Dogma film style is stupid, or don't know what it is, then you movie will most likely be a dud in your eyes.

Rating: 6

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