Film Preview: Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

Trailers (Due to age, may no longer be available)

Posters (Due to age, may no longer be available)

Poster Rating: B; C; C; C

Review: Because all of the posters are basically the same, I’m not going to take too much time to discuss them individually. The top poster works because it’s not too much like others that have come out. The tilted camera angle gives the film a feeling of unbalance and it’s not difficult to get the feeling of this being an action film. The individual posters are a bit premature as they are hoping that audiences will be familiar enough with Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Belucci that their individual shots will help sell the film. I don’t see that happening. Owen? Maybe. The other two? Not likely.

Trailer Rating: C

Review: Another pseudo-humorous hit man film. As if You Kill Me weren’t enough, now we have Giamatti and Owen together in what looks to be another of the same story. This one looks more serious than
the Ben Kingsley film but doesn’t feel as engaging as it might otherwise have been. Owen’s a talented actor, but more films like this only hurt his career (though perhaps not financially). Giamatti was once good but now has gone the direction many critic darlings go when they hit the mainstream.

Oscar Prospects:

Oscar doesn’t like hit men much and this film isn’t going to encourage the members to honor the genre. It’s too modern and too action-oriented. They need something that has very little comedic element to it and perhaps a bit of a historical perspective attached before taking notice.

Release Date:

September 7, 2007

Page Revisions:

July 7, 2007 – Original
July 28, 2007 – New Posters

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