Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review 

Shoot 'Em Up & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & S & lt;/span & hoot 'Em Up is a straightforward action movie about a misanthropic, semi-homeless gunfighter who only likes dogs and hookers and accidentally becomes entangled with infanticidal intrigue when a knife-wielding punk chases a pregnant woman past a bus stop he's sitting at. Our hero Mr. Smith won't stand for this, and before long he's acquired a gun, killed some people, and has a baby boy he doesn't know what to do with. Meanwhile Paul Giamatti and other bad, perverted men try to kill the baby with guns, knives, or just by running it over.





It's been decades since John Woo directed the great maternity-ward finale in Hard Boiled, yet in all that time no one has had the common sense to exploit the inherent drama of babies in peril. OK, there are plenty of babies in peril -- I've just never seen one in the scope of a sniper rifle before.





Shoot 'Em Up breaks unwritten rules besides the ones barring hilarious depictions of child endangerment. For instance, the bad guys' motivations are related to politicians and gun control, as opposed to every other action movie where the bad guys are motivated by drugs or nukes or something else not at all related to the substance of the movie. Shoot 'Em Up is unapologetically about guns and how much they rock, without so much as a sideways glance at America's "culture of violence" or any other concepts that high-minded filmmakers like to bounce off unsuspecting audiences to make themselves feel better for taking part in lowest-common-denominator fare.





Clive Owen's Mr. Smith is virtually identical to the character he played in Sin City. Monica Bellucci's hooker with a heart of gold isn't too far from her character in The Passion of the Christ. It's downright precious watching the two of them plus the baby start forming a happy family. If I never get a sequel to True Lies, I at least want a sequel to this.





The Shoot 'Em Up DVD has the standard special features: writer/director commentary, deleted scenes, making---of docs and animatics.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Game Changer
  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • In Contempt
  • In Contempt

    A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Never Again
  • Never Again

    Washington state lawmakers push reforms after last July's murder-suicide; plus, Spokane's police ombudsman is leaving
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Yule Sing Your Eye Out!

Yule Sing Your Eye Out! @ Garland Theater

Sat., Dec. 20, 5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Let Us Breathe

    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • Screw Big Cities

    A mid-sized manifesto
    • Dec 3, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation