Tonight I had the dubious honor of seeing Shoot 'Em Up. I do like action movies, as long as there's somewhat of an interesting story to go with it. I also like satires most of the time.
Shoot ‘Em Up is a about a man named Mr. Smith (Clive Own) who witnesses men with guns chasing after a very pregnant woman who’s giving birth. While trying to rescue her and simultaneously delivering the baby, he fails to protect the woman and she dies. He then tries to figure out who the men were and why they wanted the baby. He teams up with a prostitute to save the baby from Mr. Herz (Paul Giamatti) in an action-packed movie that puts bizarre to a new level.
Shoot ‘Em Up bills itself as an action movie, and that’s all it was. There was no great story, there wasn’t character development, or even a sub plot. If you view it solely as an action movie, and nothing else, then it’s probably pretty good. Unfortunately, I didn’t go in thinking just an action movie. I knew it was supposed to be farcical, but it wasn’t funny.
It went quickly from farce to redonkulous. It’s pretty bad when you get bored halfway though a 90 minute movie. It’s not that it was bad so much as it was repetitive. Clive Owen did a good job (or maybe he didn’t, who can tell? I just like to look at him) but there’s only so much you can do with a carrot eating vigilante who says things like “Eat your vegetables” after stabbing someone with a carrot. Paul Giamatti, who I normally like, was overacting and annoying. He had a weird accent that I couldn't place, I think it was just self important actor.
Bottom line, if you like strictly action, it’s probably a good movie for you. As long as unbelievable plots, bad acting, not funny comedy, and repetitive jokes about shooting your load don’t bother you.
My favorite part was the Motley Crue song they played at the end.
***Sidenote: Anyone else excited that Jon Stewart's hosting the Oscars? I love Ellen but I LOVE Jon Stewart.***