Tower Block

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Tower Block

The day-to-day problems of a handful of tenants trapped on the top floor of Serenity House, a moribund London tower block, recede into the background when a sniper armed with a military-grade rifle starts picking them off. Is the killer a motiveless psycho or an avenger with a grudge?

Co-directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson stage the group’s suspenseful escape attempts with ruthless efficiency and milk extra tension from fraught internal dynamics. Hard-working Becky (Sheridan Smith) strips down to her vest, under-confident alcoholic Paul (Russell Tovey) sobers up, ex-soldier Neville (Ralph Brown) gets organised and selfish drug dealer Kurtis (Jack O’Connell) realises his fate is tied to that of the other besieged tenants. Like ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ on a London council estate, ‘Tower Block’ boasts a high-concept script from James Moran (‘Severance’) that’s strong on set-up, action and character. Sadly, the killer’s motive is sign-posted from the outset, and any self-respecting thriller fan will see the final ‘reveal’ coming from a mile off – even without the benefit of a telescopic sight.

By: Nigel Floyd

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 21 2012
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Nunn, Ronnie Thompson
Screenwriter: James Moran
Cast: Sheridan Smith
Jack O'Connell
Russell Tovey

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3.5 / 5

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This is a no nonsense, horror/thriller movie. It is set on the top floor of an about to be demolished tower block. It is a British film and has an excellent British cast. It owes along exactly as you would expect, but the action is taut and interaction between characters manage to keep good tension going throughout he film. Sheridan Smith, Russell Tovey, Ralph Brown and Jack O'Connell are all very good as the resourceful tower block inhabitants attempting to escape their situation, while quarrelling amongst themselves. There aren't many surprises here, but it is very good at what it does. Recommended.


Entertaining Brit thriller. Look out for Jack O`Connell`s bristlingly swaggering turn as a violent lowlife. Three and a half stars.