Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Director: Michael Davis
If nonstop, insane, absurd, silly, and ridiculously awesome action is your thing, "Shoot 'Em Up" will more than likely be your kind of movie. The film opens with a man, who goes by Mr. Smith(Clive Owen), sitting on a bench waiting for a bus. He sees a pregnant woman running away from some bad guys, so Mr. Smith decides to help her out. As he gets into a shoot out, he delivers the baby from the away amidst the gunfire. With no knowledge of anything involving this baby, he must protect the baby along with a woman named D.Q.(Monica Bellucci), as they both try to unravel the importance of the baby. From the beginning, it's a frantic and hectic movie. The characters feel rushed because the story is constantly moving and enclosing on the characters. Clive Owen is great as this mysterious man. He was slick, cool, and was really likable. Who really steals the show is Paul Giamatti as the villain, who gives an amazing over the top and awesome performance, in which every line he said was pure gold. His motivation was really compelling and I bought it. The action scenes are exceptionally well done, and despite the fact they can get incredibly silly, it's handled with such care and effort that you really feel the pressure the characters feel. To explain how absurd the action gets, someone gets impaled by a vegetable. The comedy is also well done. There's a great running gag where Mr. Smith eats a carrot, as well as a really funny scene involving a diversion. The film is absurd, but there was never a moment that the film was supposed to be just dumb fun. The setup is interesting, and its dramatic presence and storyline was actually interesting to even out the action scenes. There was one CGI sequence that took me out of the movie for a second, but in the end this movie is plain fun. The characters are enjoyable and the action is over the top. Now go eat your vegetables.
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