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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘Nightshooters’ is an Action-Packed Siege Thriller that Hits Its Mark

October 16, 2021Ben MK

From Die Hard to The Raid, the list of action movies set in skyscrapers and apartment buildings may be relatively short, but there's no shortage of bareknuckle brawls and high-caliber gunfights to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Now you can add the suspense thriller Nightshooters to that list. And as writer-director Marc Price shows, you don't have to have a big budget to deliver big thrills.

Set over the course of one night, the film follows a small group of independent filmmakers as they shoot scenes for a low-budget zombie horror movie in an abandoned downtown office tower. Before they know it, however, they become entangled in a scenario even more dangerous than any screenwriter could imagine. For when they unwittingly capture a gangland-style execution committed by a group of ruthless thugs in the building next door with their camera, they inadvertently find themselves the murderers' next target. Forced to defend themselves any way they can, these seven reluctant witnesses must use everything from their wits to the tools of their trade to try and outsmart their would-be killers. There's just one catch — the entire complex is scheduled to be demolished come morning, so if they don't manage to escape by then, they'll all be trapped in the rubble.

Part siege thriller, part race against time, the result may not surpass the films that inspired it, but it still makes for a welcome entry in a sub-genre that remains ripe for the creative picking. After all, it's not often that a movie comes along that's as much about the filmmaker's struggle as it is about the struggle to survive a gang of vicious criminals. And when it comes to straddling that line, Nightshooters certainly hits the mark.

Nightshooters makes its Canadian premiere at the 2021 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 40 min.

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