Shottas

2006

Shottas

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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.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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.

    Nov 14, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • 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.

    Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 0/4
  • Stars from reggae and other musical worlds give acting a try in Shottas, a witless, misogynistic, gratuitously violent, drug-culture-worshiping film.

    Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
  • Writer-director Cess Silvera delivers an empty, bullet-riddled exploitation combo of attitude and poses.

    Nov 8, 2006
  • Unless you love senseless violence and gratuitous shots of fake breasts, you might want to listen with your eyes closed.

    Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Shottas

  • Dec 28, 2010
    You've seen 1 gangsta flick, You've seen them all but for some reason this is 1 of the very few I actually liked.Maybe because it was set in Jamaica & had Louie Rankin in it?
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2008
    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 F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2008
    this is one incredible film and very intense, a film that intrigues you, a film that could easily ring the truth on some areas of Jamaica a country where being the top playa or gangster is the main deal. A film with that dialect of theirs that's very dope and interesting, with the culture but mainly typical gangster bullshit, respect, money, hookers, bla bla bla. If u've liked City of God (Cidade de Deus) u're gonna love this one!!!
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2006
    low budget rude bwoy masterpiece. some scenes weren't fleshed out but this is brilliant modern jamaican cinema. excellent acting all around except for wyclef.. mad max is top shotta #1.
    steve c Super Reviewer

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