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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Shoot 'Em Up on DVD

Okay, I don't usually write about the DVD release of a film but I have to highlight a film that I loved from last year but which failed to generate much interest at the box office. It's not a high and lofty work of art but it is easily the most fun you'll have at an American action movie. Shoot 'Em Up (coming out on DVD January 1) delivers breathtakingly choreographed action sequences that play out like wildly elaborate Rube Goldberg devices. Clive Owen stars as a man who knows how to handle guns and women (and sometime both at the same time). He comes to the aid of an infant whose mother was killed by mobsters. Paul Giamatti is a bean counting hit man and Monica Bellucci is a luscious prostitute. Plus the film wins the award for the most innovative weapon -- a carrot. I bet Bugs didn't realize the veggie he was chewing on could be lethal but first time director Michael Davis shows that in the proper hands it can be an instrument of death.

If you are an action junkie like I am, this is the high octane fix you've been waiting for. The DVD includes the following bonus features:

Audio Commentary

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Ballet of Bullets: The Making of Shoot 'Em Up

Michael Davis' Original Animatics with Optional Commentary

Deleted Scenes

Theatrical Trailer

Addictive Re-mix Trailer

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Red Band (R-rated) Trailer

Here's my original review of the film, including interviews with actor Clive Owen and director Michael Davis . This film kicks ass!

Max
January 17, 2008 at 10:09 PM
Sorry, Beth. It's not Hot Fuzz. It's a fun movie and it's not as terrible as Snakes On A Plane. -----

Beth Accomando
January 18, 2008 at 05:02 PM
Ah, but so few things are as good as Hot Fuzz.

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