By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema.
Shoot 'Em Up
Though we still have to wait until the end of the month, the first official review has appeared online for Shoot 'Em Up. Is the film everything action fans have hoped for, or just a gun-toting mess?
Official Review: Shoot 'Em Up
The first official review for Shoot 'Em Up comes in from Variety and it goes a little something like this:
Director Michael Davis makes the transition from straight-to-DVD stinkers to the bigscreen in conspicuous fashion, with an action movie that is violent and vile in equal measure. When hitman Paul Giamatti is dispatched to assassinate a pregnant woman, not-so-innocent bystander Clive Owen intervenes on the baby's behalf, unleashing a firefight of epic proportions. Good taste is the first fatality in this gonzo thrill-seeker, sure to offend mainstream dispositions, yet too stylistically audacious to dismiss outright. Like "Running Scared" and "Boondock Saints" before it, shamelessly sordid pic, which opens Sept. 7, will likely fall short theatrically but find its audience on DVD.
Though it belongs to the same questionable new category of exploitation film as "Smokin' Aces" and "Domino," there's nothing to say Davis' audacious style wouldn't function equally well with less offensive material.
I have read the review twice and am still confused on whether they found the film to be good or not.