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Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

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A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

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Michael Davis

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Michael Davis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Smith
Paul Giamatti ... Hertz
Monica Bellucci ... Donna Quintano
Stephen McHattie ... Hammerson
Greg Bryk ... Lone Man
Daniel Pilon ... Senator Rutledge
Sidney Mende-Gibson Sidney Mende-Gibson ... Baby Oliver
Lucas Mende-Gibson Lucas Mende-Gibson ... Baby Oliver
Kaylyn Yellowlees Kaylyn Yellowlees ... Baby Oliver
Ramona Pringle ... Baby's Mother
Julian Richings ... Hertz's Driver
Tony Munch ... Man Who Rides Shotgun
Scott McCord ... Killer Shot in Behind
Wiley M. Pickett ... 1st Killer (as Wiley Pickett)
Stephen R. Hart ... Club Bouncer
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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gun | nudity | baby | night | shootout | See All (294) »

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I'm a British nanny and I'm dangerous. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feu à volonté See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,716,554, 9 September 2007

Gross USA:

$12,807,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,096,824
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the show Mythbusters they tested whether shooting a merry-go-round would cause it to spin like in the film. It proved impossible to spin it with a handgun. Only a much more powerful rifle could cause it to spin, and then only very slowly and with repeated shots rather than quickly with only 1-2 shots as in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene between Smith and the Lone Man, Smith has dropped his SemiAuto in the toilet bowl and Disassembles it on the changing table to clean and dry the weapon for some reason. The gun would have functioned fine if he had buried it in sand, swam under the water or frozen and then thawed it. After having performed the cleaning and drying, there was no reason that the weapon wouldn't function, and drying the Firing Pin / Transfer Bar area under the hand dryer made no real sense other than Hollywood cool. Yeah, yeah, I know it was just one of many goofs related to firearms in the movie, but as an instructor, this one just stood out. I enjoyed the romp for what it was though, just FUN... See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
1st Killer: You're dead, bitch!
[walks past Smith]
1st Killer: What the hell you looking at?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature animations, followed by a trickle of blood that wends its way through the cast list and finally pools on the word 'Stunts.' See more »

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References Pale Rider (1985) See more »

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Written and Performed by Jesca Hoop
Courtesy of Stage Three Music and Curuja Songs
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Sometimes more is more.
22 September 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Given the choice, I prefer my action films to be as brutally realistic as possible, but if film-makers are insistent about going down the cartoonish violence route, they might as well go the whole nine yards, as in Shoot 'Em Up, a relentlessly OTT slam-bang actioner that starts out all guns blazing and doesn't call it quits until writer/director Michael Davis has thrown every possible crazy idea he can come up with onto the screen.

This wild, anything goes approach could be compared to the previous year's Crank, but unlike that film, which was crippled by unlikeable characters, unnecessary vulgarity and a glut of irritatingly showy editing tricks, Shoot 'Em' up remains a classy and often clever piece of film-making despite its highly preposterous plot: Davis's effective direction is cool and slick without resorting to migraine inducing visual gimmickry; stars Owen and Bellucci effortlessly ooze sex appeal and charisma, whilst Paul Giamatti, as ultra-vicious killer Hertz, is utterly loathsome; there are some inspired visual gags for the eagle-eyed; and the never-ending gun-play is both brilliantly inventive and absolutely blistering. Hell, the film even manages to deliver an ironic anti-gun message whilst all the bullets are flying and people are dying.

In short this film is everything Crank would dearly have loved to have been, and then some.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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