Tower Block ★★★★
From the fertile mind of screenwriter James Moran (Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies) comes a thriller at the economic sharp end that nobody could mistake for Ben Stiller’s slick, expensive Tower Heist. Resourcefully and effectively staged by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson in their co-directorial feature debut, we focus on the last remaining tenants of a condemned London block when an unseen sniper starts to pick them off from a vantage point. Familiar TV faces Sheridan Smith, Julie Graham and Russell Tovey join the seasoned Ralph Brown (Withnail & I) and the mighty Jack O’Connell in a risky escape, with internal conflict a constant disuniting force. There is something of the classic disaster movie about this motley gang in a fight for survival but leavened by social realism and a near-total lack of glamour. Amid the laser sights and sudden death, there is a backstory here, too. It forms a pair with another low-budget Brit tower-block thriller, Containment.
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