Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
I think Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti joined this project thinking they were going to have themselves a good time. And I have no doubt that they had. Michael Davis is the British writer/director who looks up to Quentin and Guy Ritchie and desperately wants to outdo them both with this part ironic, part ultra-stupid action flick. In many ways, there is no doubt that he succeeds. Shoot 'Em Up is more excessive and perpetual than most of its peer, and for good or worse, it is absolutely possible to enjoy a fair chunk of it all. Clive Owen is so relentlessly one-note in the lead that he could have kept going for another two hours without blinking. Fortunately for us, however, Davis is wise enough to relieve us after 86 minutes. That is long enough considering the logical insults and painful one-liners we have to sit through here. The former I can live with; the latter is a disappointment in this sub-genre, and is definitely one aspect where Shoot 'Em Up doesn't come close to emulating anything by Tarantino.