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Shottas (2006)



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Kingston, Jamaica is a breeding ground for great music, great food, great style and great shottas--young, homegrown Jamaican gangsters. Biggs and Wayne grew up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston. Hoping for a better life, with limited possibilities on the horizon, they rob a soda truck and manage to grab enough money to purchase visas to take them to a better life in the United States. Their dream doesn't go as planned. After hustling in the drug world of Miami gets them into trouble, the young men are deported--sent back to Jamaica with empty pockets and dashed hopes. But shottas can always find a way. Back home, with the complicity of local politicians and the export money from local businesses, they start building their way back to the lifestyle they had made for themselves in Miami. All goes well until the crime rate surges as rivals in Kingston's underworld resent their new homegrown success. The heat is on to put an end to the cycle of crime and violence, and a local politician, in exchange for his life, arranges to buy visas back to the States so Biggs and his crew can re-establish themselves in Miami. The growing body count from warfare instigated by their powerful return to the Miami scene carries a heavy burden, a burden that only a shottas can bear.more
Rating: R (strong violence, sexuality/nudity, language and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Cess Silvera
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 2, 2007
Sony Pictures


Louie Rankin
as Teddy Bruck Shut
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Critic Reviews for Shottas

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

It's tough to imagine how someone could make a movie about Jamaican gangsterism that's so devoid of political content, but that's hardly Silvestra's biggest problem.

Full Review… | November 14, 2006
Top Critic

Shottas has everything a bad music video should have -- close-ups of foreign sports cars, women with painful-looking implants stepping in and out of hot tubs, ugly men with gold teeth waving around automatics.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Stars from reggae and other musical worlds give acting a try in Shottas, a witless, misogynistic, gratuitously violent, drug-culture-worshiping film.

November 10, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Writer-director Cess Silvera delivers an empty, bullet-riddled exploitation combo of attitude and poses.

November 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Unless you love senseless violence and gratuitous shots of fake breasts, you might want to listen with your eyes closed.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Who says they don't write good women's roles anymore? The females on view fall into two prototypes: Hot Tub Chippie No. 2 or Plastic Surgery Fire Sale Victim No. 3.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shottas


An incredible gangsta tale of two friends that grow up together in the mean streets of Kingston Jamaica and migrates over to the US. See this it is a treasure.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer


A true classic gangster movie. The Italians have Godfather and Good Fellas. African Americans have Belly and Menace To Society. Jamaicans now have Shottas!

Robert Ford

A few good songs in it, but even the volume is all bungled up, making it not worthwhile unless you are a delinquent juvenile with visions of taiwanese-blinged grandeur

John McMonagle

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