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Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 September 2007 (USA)
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A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

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Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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I'm a British nanny and I'm dangerous. See more »


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Rated R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,716,554 (USA) (7 September 2007)

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$12,796,824 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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The first gun Smith uses is a Walther PPK, the usual gun of James Bond. The gun jams on him, and he calls it a "piece of crap." This is an in-joke to the fact that Clive Owen was once considered for the role of James Bond (the role eventually went to Daniel Craig). See more »

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When Smith is busy shooting the bad guys in the warehouse, the last two shots he attempts to fire are met with the sound of dry-firing - a hammer falling on an empty breech. It is then shown to the audience that the slide is locked back, which occurs when the weapon runs out of bullets. In this condition the hammer cannot move, and the gun would not make any sound whatsoever if the trigger was pulled. See more »

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[first lines]
1st Killer: You're dead, bitch!
[walks past Smith]
1st Killer: What the hell you looking at?
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The closing credits feature animations, followed by a trickle of blood that wends its way through the cast list and finally pools on the word 'Stunts.' See more »

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Private Hell
Written by Iggy Pop and Billie Joe Armstrong (as Billy Joe Armstrong)
Performed by Iggy Pop & Green Day
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music and
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By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Shoot 'Em Up: The most fun I have had in a movie theater since Grindhouse
7 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to this movie for months, so walking in, I had somewhat high expectations. Walking out, I felt very satisfied and that I had gotten more than my money's worth.

You are going to be hard-pressed to find a movie more over the top than Shoot 'Em Up. What Michael Davis does here is take every action movie cliché (i.e. firing two guns while jumping through the air, shooting guns out of speeding cars, etc.) and takes it to a whole new level entirely. It works namely because the violence here is just so creative. Sure, it defies all logic most of the time, but I was laughing and having a rip-roaring time throughout.

Clive Owen is perfectly cast as the carrot-chomping, gun-toting smart aleck hero and has no shortage of cheesy puns (that score big laughs). The rest of the cast does well, but really, it's Clive's show.

The "plot" is pretty much non-existent other than about a half dozen scenes of slightly forced dialogue. The purpose behind these scenes is more to give the audience a couple of minutes to catch it's collective breath between action scenes than it is to develop an actual story. And really, if you went to this movie expecting an in-depth character drama, you picked the wrong film.

At a little under an hour and a half, Shoot 'Em Up successfully delivers a perfect dosage of action, guns and puns without overstaying it's welcome. I'll be sure to see it at least a couple more times while it is still in theaters.

Plus, it has Mötley Crüe's, "Kickstart my Heart". What more could you ask for?


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