Shoot on Sight (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>1</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 19 2008

Jag Mundhra’s honestly intentioned and interestingly cast (Brian Cox, Greta Scacchi, Om Puri) but simplistic and crudely directed drama is ‘inspired’ by the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting. Its reconstruction-style opening – depicting the gunning down by police of a British Muslim on a tube platform – seems to suggest the beginnings of one of those lightly fictionalised dramas that offers some sort of new political spin on events.

Even if that was the filmmakers’ intention, it’s swiftly scuppered as the film broadens out into an examination of the professional and domestic crisis surrounding the senior Muslim police commander entrusted with the internal police enquiry, and finally into a conventional  thriller drowning in a morass of contrived plot dynamics, shoe-horned-in speeches and under-powered set-pieces.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Aug 22, 2008

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jag Mundhra

Cinematography:

Madhu Ambat

Producer:

Aron Govil

Cast:

Clemency Burton-Hill, Om Puri, Greta Scacchi, Brian Cox

Screenwriter:

Carl Austin, Pervaiz Alam

Music:

John Altman

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ken

I liked this film. Felt sorry for Tariq Ali. Irritated at the lady cop who got herself killed by carelessness when she knew the danger was real. Tariq should have said the kid was still in the building. Never mind. Can't have everything ;)

Rimi

The film was highly simplistic and contrived. It was a dumbed down product of what could really have been a good film. I feel sorry for Naseeruddin Shah for having to bravely act through that. Jag Mundhra - thanks for jumping on the bandwagon and propagating pseudo-political soundbites in this not-worth-even-its-production-value piece of shite.

Zadie Johnston

Contrary to what Wally Hammond writes, I found film "Shoot On Sight" quite refreshing! The film reflects the ongoing Tarique Ghaffur vs Ian Blair controversy in a very subtle manner. One is able to grasp why so many young minds of Muslim faith get attracted to the rhetoric of some rabid Imams. I found speeches of the Imam (Om Puri) quite chilling. The most compelling aspect of the film is its integrity- it's fair to all. Direction, in certain respects, leaves much to be desired. It's not certainly a great film but it does deal with some very complex issues of our time such as racism in police, Islamophobia and why young Muslims get exploited by some self-serving preachers.

Christina

I really enjoyed this movie. It examined both sides in an impartial way. One of the best intelligent films for a long time.

Christina

I really enjoyed this movie. It examined both sides in an impartial way. One of the best intelligent films for a long time.

mine

really good movie you should get down to the cinema and watch it because itz fabagacitic

mine

really good movie you should get down to the cinema and watch it because itz fabagacitic

Adam

Great movie, reviews were some how mixed...but the movie was actaully really good...definitely something to see

Adam

Great movie, reviews were some how mixed...but the movie was actaully really good...definitely something to see