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

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Tower Block
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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

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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

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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

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