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
This film has several similarities to "Crank" in that 1.) both main protagonists are experts at killing played by British actors who constantly handle guns throughout the separate movies they're in; 2.) both films belong to the action/black comedy genre as well as crime; 3.) almost no explosions whatsoever occur in either movies even though there's nearly non-stop action in both of them; 4.) Jason Statham and Clive Owen both fall from aerial vehicles toward the end of their respective movies (Statham from a helicopter and Owen from a plane); 5.) the directors of both movies also completely self-wrote them; 6.) someone named Michael Davis played a high role in the crew for both films (one of "Crank's" producers and "Shoot 'em Up's" writer/director), even though neither are actually related in real life; 7.) Paul Haslinger composed both films and even has a track titled "Warehouse Shootout" in both soundtracks when the main protagonists get into a gunfight with several enemies at a warehouse; 8.) the separate running times for both films are only two minutes apart from each other ("Crank" at 88 minutes and "Shoot 'em Up" at 86 minutes); and 9.) "Crank" and "Shoot 'em Up" were released nearly one year to the day of each other (the former on Sep. 1, 2006 and the latter on Sep. 7, 2007). See more »
After Mr. Smith's spectacular slide (on his back) through the used motor oil during the warehouse shootout, his clothes are pristine as soon as he is on his feet again. See more »
As I stated above, this movie is a fun ride. The script was probably written by a 13 year old kid who plays a lot of video games, but that's why it's great. You can just kick back, turn your brain off for 80 minutes, and enjoy. It is the ultimate guy movie. And for the one liners: as cheesy and lame as you could ask for. Shoot Em Up was made to entertain the 20 something action junkie, so if you aren't one, you will no doubt hate this flick. But for the rest of us, who all have that 13 year old immature video gamer still inside, you gotta see it. I think Clive Owen might be the first true action star Hollywood has had in a long time. One other enjoyable feature: great soundtrack. Shootout scene with Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" in the background: you can't ask for anything better. I give Shoot Em Up 8 out of 10.
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