When a man, only known as Smith (Owen), stumbles into a gunfight in which an innocent, pregnant woman is delivering her baby amongst the bullets, he steps in to help her. The woman dies in childbirth, leaving Smith to care for the orphaned child. He assumes the killers are after the woman, but soon discovers it is the newborn baby they want. Smith turns to a stunning prostitute (Bellucci), to foster the baby while he tries to discover why the child is a target by the gun-toting bad guys. If Smith can't uncover the truth to protect the baby, he is content to Shoot 'Em Up until all the thugs are dead. (Stacey Pendry)
The stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits a generally pleasing picture, with a gritty, hot appearance that matches the storytelling well. Black levels are deep and consistent, and shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Contrast is slightly overblown to give the picture an even edgier appearance. Colors are generally nicely saturated, but the palette is dominated by greens, browns, and golds. A fine film grain can be recognized throughout, but it isn
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