Feb 28 2008
I watched the steel box edition of Shoot ‘em up today. 83 minutes of pure action, running at 105% and only slowing down to 100% during the last few minutes of the movie. The body count is almost as high as the bullet count. I’ve never seen something like this before. It was unbelievable.
Except for the slow-down to mere full speed near the end, which feels oddly slow in this otherwise ultra fast movie, they did everything right. That is, when you’re the target audience, which could be described as a shooter-loving, heterosexual male who’s into Heavy Metal and everything that goes with it. I’m positive that I fit into that target audience, so I can only recommend Shoot ‘em up. However, when you usually only watch what I call ‘flower movies’, don’t touch this DVD. You’ll get nightmares and your stomach will turn around. But when you want to know what the ultimate action shooter looks like and you’re confident enough that you can handle what you see, this is your pick.
Shoot ‘em up raised the bar for this genre and is having films like Desperado or Pulp Fiction for breakfast.