Shoot Em Up (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Michael Davis Starring: Clive Owen Paul Giamatti

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A gritty, fast-paced action thriller, Shoot 'Em Up kicks into high gear with a memorable opening scene and never relents. Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city. Shoot 'Em Up was written and directed by Michael Davis (Monster Man).


Studio New Line
SKU 206148264
UPC 794043112492
UPC 14 00794043112492
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/17/2015
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note For an action film, boasting a body count higher than its IQ isn't always a bad thing. In director and screenwriter Michael Davis's stylish SHOOT ?EM UP, inventive set pieces, and tongue-in-cheek humor make for fun, fast entertainment. Clive Owen (CHILDREN OF MEN) plays Smith, a man who is minding his own business and chomping on carrots when he is forced to try to save a pregnant woman in trouble. After she is killed, he takes charge, keeping her newborn child safe from a snarling villain (Paul Giamatti, THE ILLUSIONIST). Aided by a prostitute (Monica Belluci, THE BROTHERS GRIMM), Smith shoots his way through the big city as he cradles the baby in his arms.^Davis hails from the same school of thought as fellow directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Like those filmmakers, Davis doesn't take the medium too seriously, as he pays homage to action classics and peppers the film with playful dialogue and set pieces. This film might not be the standard choice for an Oscar-nominated actor such as Giamatti, but he's clearly enjoying his role as the bad guy, and it's just as much fun for the audience. With SHOOT ?EM UP, Davis has crafted a movie full of jaw-dropping action sequences sure to please fans of high-energy films from directors such as John Woo.
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "A bold, brash blast of a movie....Davis' script has a wicked glint in its eye..." 10/01/2007 p.62
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "See SHOOT 'EM UP for the affectionate sendup it is, and you won't be able to wipe the grin off your face." 09/20/2007 p.101
Entertainment Weekly "Paul Giamatti, as the villain, has just the right feral sadistic sweatiness, and he does great..." -- Grade: B 09/14/2007 p.128
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]howcasing genuine invention and pitch-black wit, as well as two eye-catching leads..." 10/01/2007 p.45
Sight and Sound "[T]he best thing about the fast-edited, grittily designed SHOOT 'EM UP is probably Paul Giammati as bad guy Hertz....His lipsmacking, beard-stroking, spectacle-winking, indomitable mania is one of the great pleasures of the film..." 11/01/2007 p.75
Michael Davis
Clive Owen
Paul Giamatti
Cast & Crew
Clive Owen - Actor
Don Murphy - Producer
Jeff Katz - Executive Producer
Michael Davis - Director
Michael Davis - Writer
Monica Bellucci - Actor
Patrick Banister - Art Director
Paul Giamatti - Actor
Paul Haslinger - Original Music By
Peter Amundson - Editor
Peter Pau - Cinematographer
Stephen McHattie - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1000035484
UPC 00794043112492
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review When it comes to truth in advertising, Shoot 'Em Up delivers. You want gunfights, you get gunfights - big, wild, and crazy. The problem with the film is that it's a one joke concept. Even at a slim 85 minutes, it wears out its welcome. The first half hour is great fun. The second half-hour is okay. Past the hour mark, however, exhaustion - the stepchild of repetition - sets in. Plus, there are a couple of graphic torture sequences that cast a pall over the proceedings rather than adding to the general sense of gleeful havoc...Hard-core action fans will enjoy what the film has to offer, even if it runs 50% longer than it needs to. There isn't a credible moment in the entire enterprise, and that's intentional. Any review that uses the terms "preposterous" or "unrealistic" in a pejorative sense has missed the point. I like Shoot 'Em Up's audacity and its willingness to push the envelope beyond the limits of good taste. In the end, it's a little too long and uneven to recommend outright, but I won't deny having enjoyed aspects of what Davis is offering. Drinking the full adrenaline-with-a-wink cocktail might be too much, but there's nothing wrong with sampling it.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Shoot 'em Up," written and directed by the gung-ho Michael Davis, is the most audacious, implausible, cheerfully offensive, hyperactive action picture I've seen since, oh, "Sin City," which in comparison was a chamber drama. That I liked "Shoot 'em Up" is a consequence of a critical quirk I sometimes notice: I may disapprove of a movie for going too far, and yet have a sneaky regard for a movie that goes much, much farther than merely too far. This one goes so far, if you even want to get that far, you have to start half-way there, which means you have to be a connoisseur of the hard-boiled action genre and its serio-comic subdivision..."Shoot 'em Up" will become, I suspect, some kind of legend in the murky depths of extreme action. What elevates it from the depraved to the deserving is a sense of style, a sense of warped humor and the acting. Clive Owen brings what credibility there could possibly be to his character, and makes us believe it as much as we possibly can (not much, in both cases, but points for effort). Paul Giamatti, Hollywood's favorite nerd, is surprisingly, teeth-gnashingly evil. And Monica Bellucci is DQ, the hooker with the heart of gold, who becomes Mr. Smith's partner and the baby's surrogate mother.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Owen,Clive
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Pete Hammond, Maxim A trigger happy full frontal assault.
Peter Debruge, Variety ...belongs to the same questionable new category of exploitation film as "Smokin' Aces" and "Domino"...
Rolling Stone See Shoot 'Em Up for the affectionate sendup it is, and you won't be able to wipe the grin off your face.
Tim Knight, ...a deliriously over-the-top exercise in pulp filmmaking...the most satisfying, ultra-stylized action flick since Sin City...
Total Film A bold, brash blast of a movie...Davis' script has a wicked glint in its eye...

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