Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
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
Terminator Genisys
2 Star Empire Rating
Magic Mike XXL
2 Star Empire Rating
Dear White People
4 Star Empire Rating
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Hot Pursuit
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Salt Of The Earth, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Song Of The Sea
5 Star Empire Rating
Look Of Silence, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mad Max: Fury Road
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



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
100 Greatest Movie Characters
Week 2 of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

10 Things To Look Out For At Comic-Con
Empire's look ahead to this week's big panels

Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)