Shoot 'Em Up

September 7th, 2007


Shoot 'Em Up

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A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (82,629 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Michael Davis

Stars: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti

Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance.

Clive Owen - Smith
Paul Giamatti - Hertz
Monica Bellucci - Donna Quintano
Stephen McHattie - Hammerson
Greg Bryk - Lone Man
Daniel Pilon - Senator Rutledge
Sidney Mende-Gibson - Baby Oliver
Lucas Mende-Gibson - Baby Oliver
Kaylyn Yellowlees - Baby Oliver
Ramona Pringle - Baby's Mother
Julian Richings - Hertz's Driver
Tony Munch - Man Who Rides Shotgun
Scott McCord - Killer Shot in Behind
Wiley M. Pickett - 1st Killer (as Wiley Pickett)
Stephen R. Hart - Club Bouncer

Taglines: I'm a British nanny and I'm dangerous.


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] | New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 7 September 2007

Filming Locations: Toronto Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,716,554 (USA) (9 September 2007) (2108 Screens)

Gross: $24,096,824 (Worldwide) (December 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Hertz's joke ("Why is a gun better than a wife? Because you can put a silencer on a gun.") was lifted by Michael Davis from an NRA website with a jokes section.

Continuity: In the first scene, when Smith is sitting on the bench and sees a pregnant woman, he bites in his carrot. Later, when Smith kills the first villain, he pushes the carrot in the villain's mouth. The carrot comes out the other side of the neck and is intact, without any bite in it.

[first lines]
1st Killer: You're dead, bitch!
[walks past Smith]
1st Killer: What the hell you looking at?

User Review

Take it for what it is

Rating: 9/10

Wow. Shoot 'Em Up is exactly what it claims to be. An action movie. Balls to the wall, no holds barred, but nothing more. And that's exactly what you get. Don't go expecting high art...SEU doesn't take itself seriously enough for that. But that's exactly what makes it work. It KNOWS it's over the top, and doesn't try to hide it. Clive Owen's Smith character is the Bugs Bunny to Paul Giamatti's Hurtz Elmer Fudd. The film takes the best cartoon elements, makes them flesh, and still kicks in that over the top craziness. Bad puns that are so bad they're good, action sequences that there just for the sake of having an action sequence, and the wildest sex scene's amazing. It's the funniest, coolest, most amazing mix of stunts, bad one liners and paper think plot lines.

You get everything you expect from Shoot 'Em Up...and it's all great.


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