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Shoot 'Em Up Movie Review Summary

Actors: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci

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When a drifter saves a pregnant woman long enough to deliver her baby, he must keep the baby safe from the forces that are hunting him down. Smith is a quiet and mysterious drifter, keeping to himself when he sees a pregnant woman running from a man with a gun. Despite initial hesitation to get involved, he follows them, kills the gunman, and saves the woman. When she gives birth to her child during a subsequent gunfight, she is tragically killed, leaving Smith to take care of the baby himself. Meanwhile, the head of the killers, Karl Hertz, is furious at his gunmen for failing to get the job done. Smith goes to a brothel, trying to find a prostitute to take care of the child for him-- in particular, he finds Donna, a lactating hooker with whom he has history, and tries to leave the child with her. Yet when Hertz shows up and starts burning Donna with the end of his smoking gun in order to get information, Smith is forced to save Donna and bring her along with him. They begin trying to solve the mystery of why this woman was killed, and they determine that she was one of multiple women impregnated to create a bone marrow donor with matching DNA. After another gunfight, which takes place during Smith and Donna having sex, Smith uses a bad guy's weapons to lead him to the man in charge of this plot, an arms dealer named Hammerson. The bone marrow donor babies were created for a powerful senator, planning on running for President, but in need of a donation in order to be well enough to take office. The senator is hugely anti-gun, leading the arms dealer to need to take the babies out so that the senator will die. Smith sends Donna and the baby to safety, and then walks headfirst into the bad guy's domain, with the hopes of ending their scheme, killing them all, and protecting the child for good.
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Best part of story, including ending: This is an awesome action movie, with its Bugs Bunny-like action hero and its Elmer Fudd-esque villain (they reference Looney Tunes often), and the action scenes are appropriately and hilariously over the top.

Best scene in story: The first time Smith kills a man, he does so by taking the carrot that he was eating and jamming it deep into the bad guy's skill. This sets the tone beautifully for the silly and awesome action to come.

Opinion about the main character: We know very little about Smith, but we know that he'll do what it takes to protect this baby, which makes him good enough. Plus, Clive Owen is suited for the mysterious action hero role.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar

Script Analysis of Shoot 'Em Up

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of mystery?    -   skilled citizen investigator

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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