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 »
Hertz drives around with the corpse of the baby's mother the next morning, at least several hours after she was shot to death, yet there are no signs of rigor mortis (stiffness) or livor mortis (skin paleness). See more »
Wow. Shoot 'Em Up is exactly what it claims to be. An action movie. Balls to the wall, no holds barred, but nothing more. And that's exactly what you get. Don't go expecting high art...SEU doesn't take itself seriously enough for that. But that's exactly what makes it work. It KNOWS it's over the top, and doesn't try to hide it. Clive Owen's Smith character is the Bugs Bunny to Paul Giamatti's Hurtz Elmer Fudd. The film takes the best cartoon elements, makes them flesh, and still kicks in that over the top craziness. Bad puns that are so bad they're good, action sequences that there just for the sake of having an action sequence, and the wildest sex scene ever...it's amazing. It's the funniest, coolest, most amazing mix of stunts, bad one liners and paper think plot lines.
You get everything you expect from Shoot 'Em Up...and it's all great.
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