Shoot on Sight

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A Muslim police officer has to display courage at work during terrorist attacks and deal with family conflict at home.

Cast & Crew

Naseeruddin Shah
Police Commander Tariq Ali
Brian Cox
Daniel Tennant
Stephen Greif
Commander John Shepherd
Sadie Frost
Fiona Monroe
Carl Austin
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Aron Govil
Executive Producer
Vandana Govil
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John Altman
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Critic Reviews for Shoot on Sight

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  • Shoot on Sight has good intentions but winds up a thematically simplistic, dryly plotted and perfunctorily shot melodrama, one of those movies where dialogue is there to categorize people, not parse the complexities of human beings.

    September 26, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A veteran London police in spector who's a devout Mus lim is intriguingly at the center of Jag Mundhra's Shoot on Sight, which starts out as a thriller inspired by that city's 2005 Tube and bus bombings but gets bogged down in a family soap opera.

    September 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Marrying small-screen formula to big-screen actors, Shoot on Sight is an earnest melodrama that struggles to surmount its good intentions.

    September 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • A crude network-TV event of a movie.

    September 24, 2008 | Full Review…
  • We've seen all this before, with much more depth: there's more to multi-culturalism, and the problems of being brown, post 9/11, than these very broad, too familiar brush-strokes.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A tediously earnest, well-intentioned and scrupulously even handed [topical thriller], in the style of made-for-TV problem movies.

    March 1, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shoot on Sight

  • Apr 07, 2010
    "Shoot on Sight" starts with an unarmed Muslim, suspected of being a terrorist, shot and killed by police in the London Underground. Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Tennant(Brian Cox) employs Commander Tariq Ali(Naseeruddin Shah) to not only be the public face of the inquiry, but also to head it which he readily accepts, feeling he is a step closer to a promotion. He in turn brings on board Ruby(Laila Rouass), a trusted colleague, as his assistant. It is a good thing Tariq is a policeman since he has to bail out his teenaged daughter Zara(India Wadsworth) from jail after a rave before promptly grounding her for a month. Things are not always so fractious at home as Tariq and his wife Susan(Greta Scacchi) welcome his cousin Zaheer(Mikaal Zulfikar) from abroad. "Shoot on Sight" is a frustrating movie that desperately wants to have its cake and eat it too in its depiction of a Muslim community under siege in London after 7/7. The movie depicts that community as just wanting to live in peace as fanatics preach violence to a small minority. Of course, nothing good ever came from violence. All of which is good and decent but none of this, despite a good cast, is very involving. In fact, it is heavily contrived and sometimes even lacking in basic logic. Take the opening sequence for example. No matter how high the terror alert may be, would police really go in guns blazing on just an anonymous tip when there are probably so many? Plus, there is no ambiguity to the scene and therefore to the rest of the movie.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2009
    A film that looks and feels like a TV movie. It has a message, but it's a message that is painfully obvious to anybody with the slightest bit of intelligence. It's also handled in a very patronizing and contrived way. The performances range from very bad - Brian Cox (i.e. Excellent). The film does make mention of more interesting political and social elements, but goes for the easiest story to tell. Just in case you were wondering, most Muslims are not terrorists, but some extremists are.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    An interesting take on the London bombings and the Metro Police's investigations, we meet a Commander of Pakistani descent who is placed in charge to investigate the death of a young muslim at the hands of police for suspicion of terrorrism. At home, his nephew has just recently arrived from Pakistan to study engineering... but he has other plans. We explore the culture and tension of Muslims in England, how some live through the constant pressures of life as Muslims as the pressures of the world surround them. Its easy to see how many young men are seduced into wrongly believing Islam is at war with the world by extermists, but it is good to know there are some who defy the extremes and represent the best of human nature and character. whether they are muslim or not. The reason why I watched this is because I am fan of old school Bollywood, and Naseruddin Shah, Om Puri and Gulshan Grover are old school stars who most Indians and Arabs should know, each having made their mark in Britian and Hollywood, Shah you probably know as Captain Nemo from the family favourite, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Om Puri from the Patrick Swayze classic, City of Joy. Anyways, its a modern tale of terrorism and family and divided loyalties, the tension and divisions are all too apparent... who really is responsible for this large division of peoples??? We only really have to blame ourselves, and everyone must share this responsibilty of bias and prejudice against each other, or there will never be real peace, and there will always be extreme figures on both sides who will lead us astray on the path to destruction. I enjoyed this movie, nothing too special but well worth watching.
    Khris N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2008
    after the london bombings a couple of years ago, police had a shoot to kill, on terror/suicidal bombings, and here we see the result and paranoia of this, and a muslim constable brought in to investigate, such a incident, and his young nephew who may or not be involved in similer dealings, this films although i think, a fictionalised story, is based on some fact from a few years ago, and brings up some interesting points, of todays climate, and britains dealings in this area, it does have a tv made feel to it, but gets its points across well, with a good story going on,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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