Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shoot 'Em Up

Shoot 'Em Up is such an over the top bullet-ridden action flick that I had to post a blurb about it. You may have heard about this great flick when it first came out. Likely from the controversy created by Politically Correct, ultra-conservative, gun banning wankers who took this movie waaaaaaaaaay too seriously.

Shoot 'Em Up is simultaneously a spoof of the guns blazing action genre while also paying homage to the "ballet of bullets" first created by the legendary John Woo. In fact, the inspiration for this movie came from Woo's cult classic, Hard Boiled. If you've ever seen a Woo movie you know EXACTLY what bullets and ballet have to do with each other.

Michael Davis' flick staring the insanely talented cast of Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Bellucci is fresh, dark, funny and rains bullets. To me it felt like an amalgamation of Woo's ballet, Robert Rodriquez's over the top "real" action sequences (i.e., the fantastic Desperado movies starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek), and the legendary bloodbaths of the incomparable Quentin Tarantino (i.e., the Kill Bill movies, etc.). It even had some "rawness" from Mel Gibson's Payback.

If you like action with your action flicks, still have a sense of humor, don't take life too seriously, don't think guns kill people (people kill people)... then this movie absolutely will not disappoint!

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