Someone is picking off the last remaining occupants of a tower block, using a high powered, silenced rifle. Nobody else has heard the shots, and no help is coming. If the terrified victims can't figure out how to escape, they're all going to be killed, one by one.
Effective low budget Brit thriller
- Tower Block review by RP
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Effective low budget Brit thriller about a group of people trapped in a tower block and coming under sniper attack. Err, that's it.
At only 86 minutes long the idea isn't stretched out too far, the plot and performances aren't stretched out too thin, and there's no time to examine the motivation of the (rather obvious, given the weapon) sniper. It's one of those films where it's over before you spot the cracks.
Having said that, it's not at all bad. The writing from James Moran - he scripted the rather (blackly) humorous 'Severance' and 'Cockneys vs Zombies' - is snappy, and the directing makes good use of the claustrophobic surroundings. The acting from Sheridan Smith and Jack O'Connell in the lead roles is good, and O'Connell gets to reprise his convincing yob roles from 'Harry Brown' and 'Eden Lake'.
A bit too much f-ing and blinding for my taste, but I enjoyed it. 3/5 stars - not quite good enough for 4.
A bunch of sweary charisma-free characters live out their empty lives in a high-rise. An ill-conceived grainy look adds to the ugliness of it all. The pace picks up when a sniper starts taking pot shots at them, and an insistent electro score does its best to rack up tension but, like Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, it’s hard to give a damn. Attack the Block it ain’t.