You’re not safe in your own home in the punchy horror-thriller Tower Block, co- directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson. The residents on the top floor of the soon to be demolished Tower Block 31 are the last to be rehoused. This predicament makes them the sole witnesses to a violent murder, but instead of revealing what they saw to the police, the residents keep quiet allowing the perpetrators to walk away scott free.
One year on and karma finally catches up with the tenants when a mysterious sniper starts efficiently picking them off in a number of grim ways. The sharpshooter booby traps all escape roots making fleeing nigh on impossible, forcing fractured neighbour relationships to be cast aside as the residents collectively try to outwit the marks man.
Written by James Morgon (the writer of 2006’s Severance), Tower Block fails to live up to its initial gruesome ambitions. The script is underdeveloped, empathy for any one of the characters is never really built up, meaning at no time is there any willingness for their safe escape from the situation. Rookie directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson do well with constricting setting creating some imaginative montages and gruesome action sequences.
Full of familiar faces including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’ Sheridan Smith as the feisty Becky, Being Human’s Russel Tovey as the timid Paul and the screen stealing Jack O’Connell providing some much needed comic relief as the cheeky east end thug Kurtis.
Director of Photography Ben Moulden deserves a special mention for some great Cinematography, capturing that gritty look of a destitute tower block in inner London. Although this film does have its plus points, it falls foul of repetition, becoming a victim of its own restricted narrative. It merely scratches the surface of what is an interDirectoresting concept and in turn provides the audience with not much fat in which to chew on.
Tower Block opens at Cinemas on 21 September.
Directors: James Nunn, Ronnie Thompson
Cast: Ralph Brown, Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell, Russell Tovey
Runtime: 90 mins