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     “Shoot ’Em Up” is one of those films in which director Michael Davis recognizes the boundaries of logical filmmaking, and then completely surpasses them. His bizarre directing style, coupled with exceptional acting culminate to create the most interesting, unique, and violent action movie I have ever seen. Unfortunately, many action movies come with weak plots, and “Shoot ’Em Up” is no exception. However, Davis has an interesting way of handling this - by making the action so far-fetched that the chaotic plot almost seems reasonable.

The true genius behind a movie like this lies with the director. Davis’s unique and mystifying ideas give the movie its spectacular action and shock value - including childbirth in the heat of a gun battle, and using carrots to jam triggers. Similar to movies like “Sin City” and “Grindhouse,” this movie uses the technique

of excessive violence or action to complement or compensate for a bizarre plot.

Although the plot may not be the selling point of “Shoot ’Em Up,” it is definitely important. In this film, a man helps a pregnant woman deliver a baby who is the target of a group of men. Then he defends the child with the help of his friend, a prostitute, and his astounding shooting ability. All the while he is gathering clues as to why these men wish the child dead. The plot is mediocre at best, and

is more or less squeezed in between the amazing action scenes.

Clive Owen puts on a good show with his calm, serious demeanor. He is the gun-slinging protagonist. Paul Giamatti plays the antagonist who is

wise and ruthless with many resources at his disposal.

All and all, “Shoot ’Em Up” is the ideal movie for those seeking intense, exaggerated action. A decent plot and story line drive a movie that is packed with violent yet enjoyable madness; and the director and actors connect to make a brilliant work. The film’s creative concepts ultimately leave the viewer astonished and pleased

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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