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Tower Block Review

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Preparing to move out of their condemned tower block, the inhabitants find themselves terrorised by a rogue sniper. All the escape routes have been blocked off and the anonymous killer is unrelenting.

★★★★★

Imagine Ken Loach's Assault On Precinct 13 and you’ve got this sniper attack drama that works its genre jolts into a social realist setting. The film’s strength is in its brute simplicity: a psychotic marksman is targeting the last residents of a high-rise marked for demolition. Where it gets its edge is in its bleak, oppressive location and a visual chill cold as asbestos. And if the sniper’s identity proves too Scooby-Doo to swallow, you’ll probably be too pummelled by Jack O’Connell’s performance to notice. His pit-bullish thug is the highlight here, and is solely responsible for Tower Block’s feral kick.

An unusual, scuzzy setting for a thriller that delivers with brutal simplicity.

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