YMMV / Shoot 'em Up

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Mr. Hertz's final question (I am dead on about you right?) brings up an interesting question. Did the origin that Hertz gave out really belong to Mr. Smith? Or was he actually wrong about his theory? Sure it fits with Smith's character and all but there is some doubt raised. He never confirms nor does he deny Hertz's guess. There's also a subtle moment during the torture scene where after Hertz tells Smith about how he (supposedly) sold the shotguns that killed his family, Mr. Smith merely tells Hertz that he won't reveal where DQ and Oliver are, not even remotely reacting to what should have been a hot button that Hertz pressed.
  • Crazy Awesome: The whole film. Its jaw-droppingly insane 99 percent of the time and completely brilliant for it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Something that Roger Ebert liked about the movie. To quote him: "I may disapprove of a movie for going too far, and yet have a sneaky regard for a movie that goes much, much farther than merely too far."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Fetish Fuel: According to the DVD Commentary, the actress spanked by Clive Owen was quite looking forward to it.
  • Memetic Mutation: The sex scene is by far the most well-known scene in the movie. Many viewers who watch the scene on video hosting sites have no idea what movie it's from. They just know that it's an absurd[ly awesome] sex scene with Monica Bellucci in it.
  • MST3K Mantra: If you value your cranium, just turn off your brain and enjoy. Seriously.
  • Squick:
    • Hertz fondling the dead mother. Justified in that it causes him to realize that Smith will need to find the baby a nursemaid. The director laughingly said he hoped that scene won "Best Romantic Moment" at the MTV Movie Awards.
    • Also, when DQ gets the Marilyn Manson wannabe to cooperate with her by ripping his cock-ring out.
    • The fight after the torture scene is made by this trope.
  • Special Effects Failure: Is the sky-diving shootout awesome? Yes? Is the greenscreen amazingly cheap? Even more yes.