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Shoot on Sight (2007)




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A man is torn between his faith, his family, and his profession in this taut thriller. Tariq Ali (Naseeruddin Shah) was born in Pakistan and raised in a Muslim household by parents who later emigrated to London, but he's been willing to set a certain amount of his cultural identity aside in order to advance his career in law enforcement. Tariq is married to Susan (Greta Scacchi), who is both British and Christian, and they're raising two children, Zara (India Wadsworth) and Imran (Arrun Harker). Tariq's intelligence and professionalism have helped him become a top detective at Scotland Yard, but when a suspected Muslim terrorist is shot and killed by police, Tariq is assigned to investigate in hopes of defusing public anger over the incident. As Tariq looks into the victim's background as well as the actions of the police, the media uncovers evidence of Tariq's friendship with Junaid (Om Puri), an outspoken Islamic leader who is believed to be linked to several terrorist groups. Shoot on Sight also stars Brian Cox, Sadie Frost, and Laila Rouass.


Naseeruddin Shah
as Commander Tariq Ali
Brian Cox
as Daniel Tennant
Ralph Ineson
as Detective Inspector Harry Marber
Stephen Greif
as Commander John Shepherd
Om Puri
as Junaid
Mikaal Zulfikar
as Zaheer Khan
Laila Rouass
as Ruby Kaur
Sadie Frost
as Fiona Monroe
Arrun Harker
as Imran Ali
San Shella
as Abdullah
Julian Glover
as Susan's Father
Josie Kidd
as Susan's Mother
Alex McSweeney
as PC Brian Andrews
Clemency Burton-Hill
as Pamala Davies
Sylvester Williams
as Reporter No.1
James Harrington
as Reporter No.2
Felicity Dean
as Tennant's Wife
Neelam Bakshi
as Yunus' Wife
Faye Peters
as Hannah Marber
Tim Chipping
as Undercover Officer
Max Digby
as MI5 Agent
James Howard
as Tech Officer
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Critic Reviews for Shoot on Sight

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

A crude network-TV event of a movie.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

A tediously earnest, well-intentioned and scrupulously even handed [topical thriller], in the style of made-for-TV problem movies.

Full Review… | March 1, 2009
Miss FlickChick

Earnest problem-drama about a Muslim police inspector in London investigating fellow cops' killing of a suspected terrorist.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Shoot on Sight

Shah's performance is really good, but the rest of the cast lags behind. Looks and feels like a made for TV event at times and the dramatic feel made me struggle to make it to the end of this one. add comment

Dimitris Ladas
Dimitris Ladas

"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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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 Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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