Saturday, September 3, 2011

365 Movies Day #159 "Shooters"

Trailer provided by Video Detective

In the same vein as "PUSHER", this film deals with the gritty underbelly of society. Louis Dempsey ("Troy", "Revolver") plays Gilly, a small time thug who just got out of prison for taking the fall for his best mate J, played by Andrew Howard ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", "Revolver", "Limitless", "I Spit on Your Grave"). J is getting into some pretty heavy stuff dealing with the likes of big name crooks like Max Bell (Adrian Dunbar of "The Crying Game"), Jackie Junior (Gerard Butler of "300", "RockNRolla" and "Gamer") and Freddy Guns (Ioan Gruffud of "Fantastic Four", "King Arthur" and "Blackhawk Down"). Will he bury both of them beneath the weight of his expansion?

Howard is just phenomenal in this as the nearly schizophrenic J. Coked up and on the edge, he plays it to the edge and back. Really the most impressive performance of the film. Dunbar is menacing and Dempsey is stoic, but Howard steals the film. "Two and a Half Men" fans will also recognize Melanie Lynskey from the show as J's wife, who is trying to hold it together in all the chaos.

It's not as wonderful as "Pusher", but it's definitely worth the watch and if you love crime drama, this is a winner.


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