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Tower Block

Tower Block (2012)


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When Jimmy is brutally murdered by two hooded figures, Becky, Kurtis, Neville and the other residents of the Serenity House tower block are witnesses to the killing but, fearing retribution, are too scared to give detectives any information and the police investigation is going nowhere. One year later, someone has decided to take justice into their own hands. Picked off one by one, the tenants of Serenity House are under threat from a mystery sniper who has set deadly traps throughout the


Mystery & Suspense


James Moran

Jul 2, 2013

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All Critics (16) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (8)

Though suspension of disbelief is a pre-requisite, [this] is a rather gripping thriller...

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It is an expertly crafted thriller with a mastery of tension-building techniques.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Thanks to the muddled plot motivations Tower Block really struggles in the final third.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Gritty and claustrophobic, this British horror-thriller holds our interest with well-played characters rather than the wobbly plotting.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

Contains some effective jolts and engaging characters. But after setting up the premise, it doesn't really have anywhere to go. Kind of like the characters themselves

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film is efficiently made and more realist than some of its ilk, in that the desperate inhabitants seem credible. What it lacks is directorial flair.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The ending is a letdown but this is still a very promising debut from directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Tower Block doesn't rise high enough to match its ambitions.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's not a bad idea for a movie, but what we get is undercooked, with poor logic and even poorer pacing conspiring to prevent any much-needed tension to build.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

"Guilty pleasure" is pushing it, but you might develop a certain guilty appreciation for the way this slab of breezeblock Brit-schlock goes about its ludicrously contrived business.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

There are plenty of clichés, like lifts that don't work and a mysteriously disappearing phone signal. It's badly lit and rather grim, with far too many extreme close-ups.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Entertaining, well written thriller enlivened by strong performances from a superb cast and a decent amount of shocks, though it's slightly let down by a disappointing finale.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

An unusual, scuzzy setting for a thriller that delivers with brutal simplicity.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The action and anxiety are believable, the violence sudden and the performances - especially those of Sheridan Smith as an East End Sarah Connor and Jack O'Connell as a thug-come-good - are strong.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

a tense siege thriller that uses its genre trappings to expose a blighted, beleaguered underclass of the here and now... Tower Block, however, is eventually undone by its own gravity, coming back down to ground level with a decidedly tepid ending.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The interesting premise is undermined at every turn by idiotic characters and overwhelming contrivance.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Audience Reviews for Tower Block

A decent very low budget UK film, featuring a few well known faces to UK TV audiences. The story is very basic with a group of residents held captive in a Tower block by a sniper. It has a few neat touches and surprises but is rather too predictable and some of the acting isn't great. Catch it on TV if you fancy a change from the normal run of the mill stuff.
June 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

The biggest influence on the current crop of low budget film-makers, particularly those from Britain and France, seems to be John Carpenter. This should be a positive but what few of them realize is that it takes more than a synth score and a few bad-ass characters to emulate the thrills of his movies. "Tower Block" is a riff on "Assault on Precinct 13" but where Carpenter's film had a police station about to be shut down which found itself under siege from an L.A gang, here it's a London tower block which is on the verge of being demolished. The last remaining residents, conveniently for the plot, are those residing on the top floor.
The film kicks off with a teenage boy beaten to death by two thugs in the hallway of the top floor. Smith tries to help but receives a beating for her troubles and when the police ask for witnesses she, along with the other residents, deny any knowledge to keep themselves safe. We then cut to three months later and the residents wake to find a sniper has them pinned down from an adjacent building. From here the limits of credibility are stretched. Somehow the sniper has found the time, in just a few hours, to rig the building with booby traps and, of course, knock out cell-phone coverage.
The tenants come up with various plans to escape their predicament but never think of the more obvious ideas like writing a message on a bedsheet and hanging it from a window. They consistently talk about how nobody will ever find them as though they were on a remote island in the Pacific rather than in the middle of the largest city in Europe.
Along the way we get several twists and turns resulting in an awkwardly handled final reveal of the sniper's identity. Like most British films, the movie's strongest point is it's performances. O'Connell is particularly enjoyable as a chav version of Precinct 13's Napoleon Wilson. The central idea had potential but it seems co-directors Nunn and Thompson lack the ingenuity to pull it off. If Carpenter's film is a smooth ride in an elevator, this is a tough slog up the stairs. Take the lift.
September 25, 2012
The Movie Waffler

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A decent premise is let down by a terrible script, dour colour scheme and some shockingly bad acting (even the usually fantastic Sheridan Smith is a little clunky). Think Attack The Block without the humour, pathos, technical skill and well chosen soundtrack.
August 17, 2013

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