Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Sheridan Smith
Jack O'Connell
Russell Tovey.
Directors
James Nunn
Ronnie Thompson.
Screenwriters
James Moran.
Running Time
90 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Attila Marcel
3 Star Empire Rating
They Came Together
3 Star Empire Rating
Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar
3 Star Empire Rating
Life Of Crime
3 Star Empire Rating
Internet's Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz, The
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Boyhood
5 Star Empire Rating

Tower Block
Assault on Tower Block 31


submit to reddit


Plot
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.


Review
Tower Block
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.


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


Reviewed by Simon Crook

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Tower Block
Empire Star Rating

SOLID ENTERTAINMENT.....

Get through the first 15 odd minutes of Eastenders style social commentary drivel and you might be pleasantly surprised if you watch this. Jack O' Connell is the real standout in the cast - a throughly dislikeable moronic thug who - thanks to an excellent script and powerhouse delivery - you ACTUALLY find yourself rooting for toward the end. The violence is short , sharp and electric which actually works in the film's favour as you're never quite sure who's going to cop it next. I'd probably wat... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by ROTGUT at 09:00, 21 March 2013 | Report This Post


Good not Great!

I liked Tower Block but it left me with a few niggling thoughts. Successfully it mines Jon Carpenter territory for its look and atmosphere and the performances (aside from a Scottish copper who over-earnestly hams with intent) are uniformly convincing. The score is also terrific: A simple sombre theme that feels as bleak as its setting. However, the final payoff is flat, deserving a better climax considering the taut and entertaining build-up, ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Sambot at 16:26, 23 February 2013 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Many Deaths Of Sean Bean
The actor talks us through his on-screen offings

Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)