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Shoot 'Em Up (2008)

Clive Owen , Paul Giamatti  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XA5K48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shoot 'Em Up" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer-director Michael Davis
  • Ballet of Bullets: The making of Shoot 'Em Up
  • Michael Davis' original animatics and more

Editorial Reviews

Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti. It's like Smokin' Aces (2006) but better: the mysterious Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby amidst a shootout, and must protect the newborn from a batch of ruthless criminals after its dark secret. 2007/color/86 min/R.

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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindlessly memorable December 9, 2007
Format:DVD
Whoah! If you're looking for mindless action, THIS is the movie for you.
It's over the top, totally unbelievable, physically impossible, but absolutely brilliant all at the same time.

2 minute version:

Clive Owen eats a lot of carrots, and values his privacy. There are many things that he absolutely hates, and he comes into contact with most of these things when he unwillingly gets involved in a plot to kill a very pregnant young woman. Suddenly faced with a nanny job, he shoots his way out of the frying pan and into the fire, each scenario more draw-dropping-ly impossible than the last. Paul Giamatti plays an unlikely criminal mastermind and Monica Bellucci is under-utilized as the proverbial professional with a heart of gold except she's also got a chest of milk to go with it. Things get political, and hopelessly complicated, and of course there's lots and lots (and lots) of shooting, during any (and I do mean ANY) situation.

Good stuff:

1. Clive Owen
2. Clive Owen's one-liners
3. Clive Owen's stunts
4. The hilariously bad but breathtaking, yet impossible scenarios
5. Paul Giamatti's cell phone calls
6. The body count
7. Clive Owen's nude scene
8. Clive Owen

Bad stuff:

1. Carrots are DEFINITELY not good for some people
2. Not enough Bellucci
3. Plot (nuff said) but then again, we don't need no steenkin' plot

If you can forget that this movie professes to have a plot, you're in for a rollicking good (but extremely violent) time. Definitely a must-see if you're looking for mindless adult entertainment, and don't mind looking at Clive Owen.

Rated: 4.5 stars

Amanda Richards, December 9, 2007
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, this movie is completely over the top. That's the point !!!!!!!!!! The film is a caricature of action films. The action hero is named "Mr. Smith." The hooker has a heart of gold. The body count is enormous! They have a baby in a bulletproof vest!!! I have no idea how anyone could take this movie seriously. You aren't supposed to!!! If you love action movies, and have a good sense of humor, you will enjoy this movie. This movie is great fun. I laughed my *ss off! And Clive Owen is seriously hot!!! (and for the guys.... Monica Bellucci is beautiful.)
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you've got it, Flaunt it! January 4, 2008
Format:DVD
SHOOT 'EM UP is well named: this is a whompingly good action movie that is as much parody of its genre as it is a good story. It never for a moment takes itself seriously and it is played by a strong cast of top-drawer actors having a terrific time. Writer/director Michael Davis has found his niche and let's hope there will be more dark comedies that are as much fun to watch as this one.

The story is negligible: lone man Smith (Clive Owen at his best) observes a pregnant woman in chased distress, delivers her baby, then finishes off the huge gang of bad guys who are in pursuit, taking the newborn boy to transient safety. Smith finds a lactating prostitute Donna (beautiful Monica Bellucci), takes her from her business of kinky sex and makes her the baby's surrogate mother. A smarmy gangster Hertz (Paul Giamatti in another career forming role), connected to an illicit arms manufacturer Hammerson (Stephen McHattie), is in pursuit of both Smith and the baby for reasons that are finally disclosed: the baby is part of a ring of potential bone marrow donors for an important Senator. The ending is, well, an ending. But it is the getting there that is all the fun.

The dialog is peppered with hilarious one-liners that have a real edge and the methods of the endless killings include several using the carrot that Smith keeps at hand as a weapon. The shootings are fast and impossible but actually hilarious in the choreography. Clive Owen plays the role straight, with a real gift for humor as well as action. Paul Giamatti is a sinister delight and able to match Owens one-liner for one-liner. Monica Bellucci makes her impossible role credible and as always is gorgeous to look at! This is a fast paced, finely written and acted parody - definitely deserving of the comic book title! Grady Harp, January 08
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You People Are Missing the Point...... May 25, 2008
By B
Format:DVD
Almost every low review written about "Shoot 'Em UP" is from a person who COMPLETELY missed the point. Anyone who watches this movie needs to understand that this movie is a "S P O O F" !!!!!!

This is one of the funniest spoofs I have ever seen. Hands down.

"Shoot 'Em Up" does not have in depth characters, it IS SUPPOSED TO BE misogynistic, and if you try to take it seriously for one second..... you're going to hate it. Watch this film when you need a good laugh. The dialog is hysterical. Every scene from start to finish is completely "Over the Top", but still executed with big budget precision. The acting is absolutely dead on perfect. I think it was marketed very badly, and THAT'S why it did poorly at the box office.

Watch this movie when you need a good laugh, you won't regret it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's Up, Doc? January 14, 2008
Format:DVD
What should you expect when you have a movie whose stunt crew is about 3 times the size of the cast? One thing's for sure...you should get a lot of action packed sequences. and Shoot 'Em Up delivers.

In fact, it was no surprise to hear that the script was written around a lot of preconceived action [...]. That fact certainly didn't make Shoot 'Em Up a bad movie; it was actually pretty good. But it did come across as a plethora of spectacular stunts that just needed a halfway decent story to get produced as a movie.

The stunts are spectacular. They go nicely with the 100% deliberate hokeyness of the film. A black comedy to some...a kind-of comic book/animation come to life to others. The death defying feats are way over the top, but again, it's all intentional on the part of Writer/Director Michael Davis.

Clive Owen, who's really made a name for himself lately (Sin City, Children of Men, Inside Man), does a fabulous job as leading man in Shoot "Em Up. And Paul Giamatti, in his one billionth role I think, is as fun to watch as ever.

Owen is the carrot-eating good guy and Giamatti is the bad guy. Owen by chance inserts himself a political conspiracy that is run by Giamatti, and the result is a fast-past, surreal, action-packed...well...Shoot 'Em Up.

I was thoroughly entertained, but found myself saying out loud, "oh, yeah, right" over and over throughout the movie. So if you don't mind a little over the top silliness with your action, Shoot 'Em Up is right up your alley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Action packed but no real plot
This movie was so full of action that the plot never came out. Was one side anti gun and the other pro money or was one side nuts and the other side more nuts? Read more
Published 3 days ago by G. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Shoot Em Up is brilliant.
It satirizes itself while being over the top and a lot of fun. Its meant not to be taken seriously and delivers laughs and thrills in equal measure.
Published 27 days ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Action with a lot of fun.
Clive Owen is so incredibly funny in this movie as the ex-C.I.A (special forces, MI-6 or whatever). Trying to buy bullets with food stamps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ray Macmeeken
1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable
A horrible waste of talent. I realize they had a vision of making something akin to Sin City, but the makers seem to think that style can be based purely on the absurd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Ditch
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining movie
Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Bellucci! Great fun and chemistry! Guns and witty banter for comedic violence! Love the boobs too!
Published 1 month ago by Earl Kessinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Lots of Action, Almost non stop. Good story line. Could be a little less Blood in the Picture. All & all a good flick.
Published 1 month ago by Gary H.
5.0 out of 5 stars omg!!!
laughed threw the hole movie, I was in aw the hole time, amazed at how Clive Owen bad a$$ muther
Published 1 month ago by a.m wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
Great movie. I mean come on. The main character kills dudes with a freaking carrot with the catch line "whats up doc"!!
Published 2 months ago by EdH
5.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all
If you are looking for an over-the-top, bang bang shoot em dead action flick, then this is what you want. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Novel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun..Full of Action
Goofy movie with a lot of bullets..and a few carrots. Over the top. Enjoyable flick. Paul Giamatti always plays a good creepy guy.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Ford
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YES! i bought 2 copies from 2 different stores and still cant get Shoot Em Up to play! my dvd player just reads "loading" but never loads the movie and i have to hit the eject button multiple times to get the dvd out. if you have any info, please let me know! this is not an HD BlueRay... Read more
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i think this movie was great lots of action .this was the best action...
I hope your joking...
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