Earlier this month, Scott Weinberg threw up a link to the Shoot 'Em Up trailer, which he so perfectly described as "maniacally kinetic." (Before I go on, please head over to the post and watch it, if you haven't yet.) It's got Paul Giamatti as the bad guy, Clive Owen as the sharp-shooting good guy and Monica Bellucci as the woman whose baby he is trying to protect. It's kind of like the old days of Tarantino -- a macho film that knows just what to say and what to do to make you beyond-excited in that fanboy/fangirl sort of way. Now, I start with this, because the whole thing sounds a lot different (not in a bad way) once you learn what Michael Davis' inspiration was.

In an interview with VH1, the writer/director says that it is like a live-action Looney Toons: "It is a kind of violent cartoon. Clive has this Bugs Bunny quality because he's always getting out of these crazy situations and [at the same time] screwing over Paul Giamatti. We even enhanced that later on in the story: Paul's ringtone is the Wagner [opera parody] 'Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit.' It really does have a Looney Toons quality." In fact, VH1 says it's pervasive throughout, having seen 20 minutes of the film: "Owen shoots an oil can, then uses the dripping grease to slide across an entire warehouse floor, shooting bad guys; throws a rope down a stairwell and acrobatically twirls 10 stories, shooting bad guys; breaks his windshield, hits an enemy's truck, flies through both windshields, spins and, yes, shoots bad guys. And oh yeah, he does all of this while holding the baby." It's obvious in the trailer (and this news) that they don't take themselves so seriously, and what could be better than some Toons for the adult set, that ties into our cartoon youth with guns, machismo and kick-ass action?
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