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Shooters Review

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Gilly comes out of prison vowing to go straight, but swiftly gets dragged back into dodgy deals by his best mate, J.

★★★★★

Like a condemned man pleading for his life, the modern British crime flick just refuses to lay down and die. But Shooters, more unassuming than most, deserves a reprieve.

Gritty rather than flashy, it doesn’t tart itself up with smart suits and clever-clever dialogue, but goes for a refreshing, authentic, hard edge instead.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have its flaws. There’s an unavoidable and irritating sense of déjà vu, and the story — Gilly (Dempsey) comes out of prison vowing to go straight, but swiftly gets dragged back into dodgy deals by his best mate, J (Howard) — confuses us with at least one double-cross too many.

Nevertheless, it’s good to see a gangster film that draws from life rather than other movies, and whose take on honour among thieves is about emotional consequences, not just plot contrivances.

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