Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

X-Ray Cat Can't Get Enough SHOOT 'EM UP!!

Merrick again...
My man X-Ray Cat sent in this look at SHOOT ‘EM UP, the forthcoming project from Michael Davis. He LOVES this movie, which will undoubtedly make some folks scream “plant!”. He’s no a plant…not even vaguely vegetative as far as I can tell. Many of his past reviews have been harsh to say the least. Which means, simply, he really loved this movie – maybe enough to marry it. Which doesn’t surprise me. Since this screening, we’ve had a gaggle of giddy SHOOT ‘EM UP reviews, and only one that wasn’t so enthusiastic (if I recall correctly). Please note that this is a test screening, and the movie may change between now and its release next year. Hopefully not too much, though. It sounds like an orgasm of kickassity just like it is. Here’s Cat…
Hey, it's X-Ray Cat. I got to see an early test print of SHOOT 'EM UP. There's a part of me that wants to review this movie just by saying "holy fucking shit," and that wouldn't be wrong, but I doubt it would be published. Just know that if you were excited by the concept and the trailer, then the movie delivers exactly what you were hoping, ten fold. It's like when you go to a mediocre action movie, and in the theater bathroom afterwards, there's some redneck, frat boy, or other idiot telling his friends, "Man, that was okay, but why can't they make the action movie I really want to see? Like a movie that opens on a guy delivering a baby with one hand and shooting bad guys with the other, and then it only goes up from there." And you sort of laugh it off, but on the drive home, you're thinking "Shit, I WOULD like to see that movie." Well someone finally made it. An action movie that checks reality at the door and doesn't so much put balls to the wall as push them all the way through, creating a glory hole of badassery. Clive Owen's nameless hero throws an orphaned baby over his shoulder and just goes to town on everything in his way, going through action sequences in the same way as stage actors go through numbers in a Broadway musical, and the audience acted appropriately, spontaneously applauding after each segment, which I've never seen happen before. But the key element to SHOOT 'EM UP, the part that makes it one of my absolute favorite recent films, is the way writer/director Michael Davis colors the movie in with ridiculously clever dialogue, fantastic cinematography, and an endless barrage of unique and well-developed characters, fronted by a pair of performances by Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti that are really too much fun for words. It may even be my favorite Giamatti performance yet, and definitely one of my all-time favorite movie villains. He and Owen play off each other within the confines of a hilarious Looney Tunes motif, literally like a Bugs and Elmer cartoon written by Shane Black. If it was just a big fast action movie, it would just be an entertaining and mindless diversion, but it's really pushed into a new level with its confident sense of style and its expertly flourished details, as well as its light, un-preachy political metaphors. The music and effects weren't quite perfect yet, because it's still an early cut, but once it comes together, I'll be really surprised if it doesn't find both box office success and serious love from the film geek crowd. With movies like THE INCREDIBLES and SNAKES ON A PLANE, it's clear that the studios are specifically tailoring films to the needs of the Ain't it Cool audience, and this is one of the best examples. It's as batshit as batshit can be, and easily the funniest action film since Bruce Willis in his heyday. It's also the first movie in a while where if I had the power, I'd tell the projector to string it up again and rewatch the whole thing right away. It is a damn good time.


Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Nov. 7, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    First and this movie sounds like shit.

    by Doc_McCoy

    I'll wait for DVD.

  • Nov. 7, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Sounds great

    by SebastianHaff

    I have this theory that all you need to make a good, no, a GREAT movie is what I refer to as the four B's: Blood, booze, bullets, and babes. Throw in trash talk for bonus points and you've got yourself a classic that beats the hell out of Citizen Kane. Sounds like the people behind Shoot 'Em Up are of the same belief.

  • Nov. 7, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    The scenes I saw in the storyboards were ridiculous

    by Bean_

    If they were able to film that shit, this film will be the most badass film ever!

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    A glory hole of badassery?

    by TheSplinter


  • Nov. 8, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    by Nairb The Movie

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 2:34 a.m. CST


    by Razorback

    Veggie heaven.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 3:19 a.m. CST

    I hope Clive doesn't go the way of Law and Farrell

    by Bazka Berzerker

    Like Clive Owen, Jude Law and Colin Farrell were highly talented, exceptionally handsome actors with strong screen presence, destined to travel to greatness. And those two have gone a long way of diminishing their potential by doing way too many mediocre movies in too short time. Be more picky, guys! You don't have to do every piece of shit script that comes on your way. I appreciate the apparently hard working UK acting ethic, but these guys could be doing sooooo much better than they are. I'm kinda afraid that Clive might be going their way, since he also has shown tendency to do 2-5 films a year, but thankfully he seems smarter in his choices. He already has 3 movies coming out next year, and probably has time to do a 4th one. Too much is too much.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The AICN crowd

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    They haven't made movies for the AICN crowd for about four years. Round about the time we ceased to be at all relevant to anyone in Hollywood. Bravo to the underground !

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST

    And also....

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    A batshit action movie which doesn't let reality get in its way has already been done, twice ! Transporter 1 and Transporter 2.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Goodbye logic

    by superman5150

    Watched the Youtube trailer. So he's got a baby strapped to him the whole time he's doing these shootouts? Obviously the baby can't die in the movie, but are they cool with saving a deaf kid now?

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Hadn't heard of this looks awesome

    by filmcoyote

    And I don't even like Clive Owen! Love the sarcastic way the trailer starts up with the "academy award nominee" precursors for Owen and Giamatti. I love irreverance. If this is half as good as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Sin City I'll be in hogheaven. Between this and Smokin' Aces it's looking like 2007's going to be a fun movie year.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    I'll be annoyed if this makes more money than Kiss Kiss

    by Lovecraftfan

    I'm still annoyed that the action comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang( which I'm feeling some similarities to this movie) was a massive flop.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Squashua

    Dear Uwe Boll, <br><br> stop making movies under false names.<br><br> -The Public

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Delivering baby during shootout has been done

    by samuraisix

    in Tsui Hark's "Time and Tide," however briefly. Still, I'd like to catch this one...if only a decent trailer would come out.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Where's the vern story???

    by Jonesey1111

    just get a blank page when I try to load it.

  • Nov. 8, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Apparently Chris Jericho will be in this

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    Good for him finding work after "But Can They Sing?"