3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Well, well, well, this is a fine mess!",
This review is from: Shoot 'Em Up (DVD)
A down-and-out ex-assassin, Smith, tries to save a heavily pregnant woman from other assassins. During an early, farcical gun battle, ex-assassin Smith helps this mother to give birth, while fending off the "bad guys" with an array of killer carrots. The mother is killed, but the baby survives. Then, Smith proceeds to protect this orphaned child at all costs. Smith takes the child to a prostitute/wet nurse, and thus begins many more farcical gun battles.
To say that I did not enjoy this movie is a gross understatement. To say that I loathed, detested, even abhorred, this film would be a little closer to the mark. I am usually a reasonably good judge of what movies I will and will not like, by viewing the trailer. So, after watching the film, I was pretty disgusted with the way it was being advertised. The screen promotion for this film gives you fleeting glances of some high-octane, action sequences. You will also see, in the film's advertisement, Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, and Paul Giamatti looking ultra-chi-chi and uttering snappy one-liners. Therefore I was eagerly anticipating the film's release, as I enjoy watching the occasional movie that is completely unpretentious. Movies, whose sole purpose is to entertain the viewer, can be a worthwhile antidote for a miserable day. However, Shoot `Em Up's content is not what it says on the tin. In fact, from the outset, Shoot `Em Up stretches the boundaries of bad taste. The vile content includes breast-feeding fetishists, as well as a corrupt senator who is harvesting babies, in order to receive a bone marrow transplant. At no point did I find any of the action sequences even remotely amusing. In fact, I sat through the movie in a permanent and inexorable state of disgust.
Now, some would say that I should have known what the movie was like, and because I do not like this sort of film, I should not have bothered watching it. But, I would argue that the advertisement gave no indication of the baseness of the movie's theme. Others may argue still, that this movie is based on the Garth Ennis comic books, and that I should have known what I was in for. But, for those of you who have matured past adolescence, and no longer see the humour in a cheesy and salacious graphic novel, be aware that the trailer for this movie is essentially misleading.
I feel that I have been slightly preachy in this review, so I am going to soften up a bit and give this film a few tiny bits of praise (probably a lot more than it deserves). If you like your movies to have nonstop action sequences, then Shoot `Em Up supplies these in abundance. Whether or not you appreciate the humour of these set pieces is entirely up to your discretion. The film also pays homage/rips-off some of the truly action flicks. Michael Davis, the director, lets us glimpse the quirky humour of Raising Arizona, and takes the cheesiness of action movie one-liners to another level.
I have no doubt that there are some of you out there who will revel in Shoot 'Em Up's licentious and absurd premise. But, unfortunately for me, the film was not my cup of tea. So, if some guy "feeling up" a recently deceased woman is your idea of a laugh, then this is the movie for you. But, if not, then avoid this film at all costs!