Shoot ‘Em Up

Theatrical Release: September 7, 2007
Shoot ‘Em Up


A gritty, fast-paced action thriller, “Shoot ‘Em Up” kicks into high gear with a memorable opening scene and never relents. Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city. “Shoot ‘Em Up” is written and directed by Michael Davis (“Monster Man”).

Dove Review

“Shoot ‘Em Up” is a film that delivers exactly what the title promises. The film exhibits lots of guns, lots of blood, lots of language, and some sex. Clive Owen strikes a great balance as the good guy dealing with a bad past and Paul Giamatti is delicious as the villain. When a newborn’s life is in danger, Mr. Smith finds himself as caretaker and detective in discovering why someone would want to kill a baby.

This film was not awarded our Dove Seal due to violent action from start to finish. Most scenes are not gory, but a few are exceptionally so. Throughout the film, there is much language and many women dressed very provocatively in addition to the sex scene between unmarried persons. Due to the coarse nature of this film, The Dove Foundation cannot recommend it for families.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Graphic scene in a brothel; man grabs dead woman’s breast; five instances of sexual innuendo; oral sex is obviously happening; sex between unmarried couple; two instances of heavy petting.
Language: B-6; F-12; H-8; S-2; A-8; D-1; GD-3; OMG-2; Slang for female genitalia-10; slang for male genitalia-1; Hooker-1; B*st*rd-2; Suck-2
Violence: Two men killed with carrots; car accident; several incidents of gun fights; three men shot in the head; woman shot in head; man kicks man; man shoots man in butt; gun/knife fight; woman shot; multiple shots of dead woman; woman dumps hot coffee on man’s crotch; man burns woman multiple times; multiple dead men; hand of dead man; woman grabs man’s crotch; dead women; man spanks woman; man punches man; car chase/gun fight; man holds man hostage; man killed by helicopter blades; two instances of man breaking other man’s fingers; gory fight involving knife; mutilation by gun.
Drugs: Nightclub scene with drinking and smoking.
Nudity: Female upper nudity; females dressed provocatively throughout; man dressed in woman’s undergarment; two instances of breastfeeding.
Other: Man delivers baby during gunfight; man’s face forced into dirty diaper; baby poop; two instances of man flipping the bird.


Company: New Line Cinema
Director: Michael Davis
Producer: Rick Benattar
Genre: Action
Reviewer: Carrie Clark