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New Town Killers

New Town Killers (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 11

A poorly-made Scottish thriller that suffers from bad cinematography, let-down performances and a distinct lack of thrills.

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Critic Reviews: 1
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A poorly-made Scottish thriller that suffers from bad cinematography, let-down performances and a distinct lack of thrills.

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With a premise that suggests an early 21st century variation on David Fincher's paranoia classic The Game (1997), New Town Killers stars Dougray Scott as Alistair, a slimy, ice water-veined financier who gets his kicks and thrills by targeting human prey. His modus operandi involves bringing in an innocent young candidate for a new job, Jamie Stewart (Alastair Mackenzie), and demanding as a prerequisite that the two play a mysterious game together. They must find a down-and-outer and challenge

May 25, 2010

Eagle Entertainment

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (11)

A seemingly self-mocking jumble of sour literary, cinematic, class and genre affectations.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film has great visual flair, but the story is a heavy-handed slice of modern melodrama that would have made Dickens blush.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A series of illogical twists derails a chase movie that ends in the unfortunate metaphor of an empty box.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is tightly constructed and successfully portrays the underlying tension between Edinburgh's newly prosperous and those who never had anything and never will.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Energetic direction and a promising central performance counteract the modest budget and some less-than-convincing plot elements.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Genuinely thrilling urban chase. The tension just keeps ratcheting up.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A film featuring free-running that makes this most bizarre of extreme pursuits appear positively pedestrian.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The look of the film is unpolished and several of the supporting performances are poor.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Given that it's basically one big chase, there's something awfully snoozy about this latest from Richard Jobson - a sort of cut-price, Scottish-set Hostel (a mountain bothy, maybe?).

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This is shocking, it suggests David Fincher's The Game shot by crackheads running around with cheap DV cameras.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Social commentary with a video game mentality. Intriguing, if not entirely successful.

June 12, 2009
Little White Lies

Tension and mystery are both constants throughout this very decent indie movie, which could have easily become a cult classic in future years if Sean's two pursuers were better handled by the script.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Caught between wanting to make a bold statement and deliver edge of the seat thrills, New Town Killers is a curious mix.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Racing from lawless tenement to loveless townhouse, it's grittier and gutsier than the cut-price Running Man clone it threatens to become, a spiky little speedball of caustic social commentary and guerrilla thrills.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

So depressing, life-sapping and unrelentingly nihilistic, words have yet to be invented to convey the sheer awfulness of this so-called thriller. A contender for worst film of 2009.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The gloomy back streets and alleyways of Edinburgh are the perfect setting for this heart-in-mouth thriller. The plot is frantic and taut and keeps you gripped until the final credits.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A watchable and well acted, if frequently ridiculous thriller.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Brutal and contrived, this Scottish thriller just makes too little sense to hold our attention. It may be filmed with a lot of style, but it's also pretentious, full of cliches and nearly deafening.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This is more ambitious than the majority of dreary low-budget Brit flicks.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

If its deadly game of cat-and-mouse is styled like a fancifully violent video game, the social divisions it exposes are real enough.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for New Town Killers

Caught between wanting to make a bold statement and deliver edge of the seat thrills, New Town Killers is a curious mix.
February 25, 2010
roygutteridge

Super Reviewer

A pretty decent low budget Scottish film. The idea is similar to Hard target, but minus the martial arts and this time given an urban setting. Two young rich men hunt down the lower classes desperate for money in a game of hide and seek. The plot can be a bit odd at times but it's a entertaining watch.
November 18, 2009
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