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“Shoot ‘Em Up”

September 10, 2007

shoot em upBetween “Exiled” and the new action film “Shoot ’em Up” my weekend was a hyper realistic blood bath. But while in “Exiled” the characters stuck to guns for their killin’. The characters in “Shoot ’em Up” rely on everything from helicopter blades to oil slicks to, well, thousands and thousands of bullets! It was really quite a zany, sugar induced treat.

One thing I always wonder in a film like this, or even the old samurai films, which this bears comparisons to some of the better ones like “Kill!”, is that once the hero, played with grizzled mysterious samurai baditude by Clive Owen, has mowed down 50 henchmen, what is that next henchman to run into the room thinking? Does he honestly believe he has more of a chance of getting off a fatal wound than the last fifty, before being sent spiraling across the nearest hard surface in gooey chunks of red. Maybe that’s because no one could possibly believe that they would run across someone so amazingly efficient in the accidental way that they do. (more…)


September 10, 2007


After the disappointing no show of Johnnie To’s “Triad Election” in Los Angeles I was very worried that his (what others have called) companion piece to his hit “The Mission” was going to come as far as San Francisco and continue to live in NYC for the remainder of its theatrical life. Alas, To’s “Exiled” has arrived!

Johnnie To is one of the foremost Hong Kong directors of the now. He’s swings from one genre to the other leaving his quirky stamp on everything he does. From hardcore action with a message like “Breaking News” and hardcore action like “Fulltime Killer” to whimsical romantic comedies like “Needing You” and clever crime capers like “Running Out of Time” he bounces gleefully around like no American director can, and each of his films for me has been pleasurably (if not always perfectly) imbibed.