This could almost become a cult film with its ridiculous gun control plot reveling in the contradictions of the mindlessly bad action genre. I loved Clive Owen in his action star mode completely in on the joke tossing laconic one liners- 100% comedy gold!
The movie certainly delivers what its title promises, but it's never clever or original enough to be as much fun as it could be. Owen is decent as the cliched anti-hero, but Giamatti goes just a few notches too far over the top and Bellucci has trouble with her lines. Solid - if over-edited - action scenes, but the story is dull and repetitive before getting completely ridiculous.
An incredibly fun over the top mess. If you understand the joke there is much to enjoy, but if you're the type to over-analyze things or take something seriously when you clearly are not meant to then give this one a pass.
Ironically, this is a sort of anti-hollywoodian movie. Pushing several and typical symbols and stylemes of Hollywood's great narrative to the edge of the ridiculous, Shoot'Em Up dismantles the apparatus of the mainstream movie. It's like a suicide for a right cause: making us know the vacuity of certain kind of cinema. And it's a quite funny watch, anyway.
Fitting name to this action film as it really is a shoot 'em up game movie with a lot of visual moments and strong sound. Those only there for action kicks and seeing body counts will be happy, but as in all shoot 'em ups this movie lacks a soul and depth to all the mayhem. Characterization is done as a one word description and there is not much time for breathing and processing all that happens. Some fun though.