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Several months after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sheridan Smith ... Becky

Ralph Brown ... Neville

Russell Tovey ... Paul

Jack O'Connell ... Kurtis

Jill Baker ... Violet
Julie Graham ... Carol

Christopher Fulford ... Kevin (as Chris Fulford)
Kane Robinson ... Mark
Nabil Elouahabi ... Gary
Harry McEntire ... Daniel

Montserrat Lombard ... Jenny
Ralph Laurila ... Jimmy
Tony Jayawardena ... Eddie

Michael Legge ... Jeff

Jamie Thomas King ... Ryan

Steven Cree ... DC Devlin
Loui Batley ... Amy (as Loui Anne Batley)

James Weber Brown ... Brian
Jordan Long ... Ormond
Ceyda Mustafa ... Little girl
Edward Baker ... Little boy
Vinny Banton ... Police officer
Lee Carroll ... Police officer
John Benton ... Paramedic
Sophie Nunn ... Paramedic
Caroline Artiss ... Liz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Nunn ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
James Nunn 
Ronnie Thompson 
Writing credits
James Moran (written by)

Produced by
Simon Crowe .... executive producer
Suki Dulai .... producer
Patrick Fischer .... co-producer
Kate Glover .... line producer
James Harris .... producer
Matthias Hoene .... co-producer
Alex Joseph .... associate producer
Richard Kondal .... associate producer
Mark Lane .... producer
James Moran .... co-producer
Ronnie Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Owen Morris 
Cinematography by
Ben Moulden 
Film Editing by
Kate Coggins 
Casting by
Colin Jones 
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
Kajsa Soderlund 
Art Direction by
Dave Tincombe 
Set Decoration by
Chloe James 
Costume Design by
Matthew Price 
Makeup Department
Elle Baird .... makeup designer
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics artist
Lynn Doron .... makeup artist
Robbie Drake .... prosthetic artist
Cecilia Herlin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clare Finnegan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brashna Agha .... third assistant director
Louise Caruana Galizia .... second assistant director
Alexander Holt .... first assistant director
Dylan Fox Kearney .... additional assistant director
Art Department
Nick Ashby .... carpenter
Peter Bennett .... carpenter
Sam Chafer .... art department runner
James Hamilton .... carpenter
Ashley Murray-Fowler .... head carpenter
Kate O'Sullivan .... art department assistant
Luke Reece .... art department runner
Kate E. Sullivan .... art department assistant
Ollie Tiong .... set designer
Simon Walker .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Frank Barlow .... sound trainee
Merlin Bonning .... sound maintenance engineer
Merlin Bonning .... sound maintenance
Louise Brown .... foley editor
Ed Coltman .... dialogue editor
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Joseph .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Joseph .... supervising sound designer
Richard Kondal .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kondal .... supervising dialogue editor
Ashok Kumar Kumar .... sound recordist
Akash Kumar .... sound runner
John MacDonald .... sound trainee
Xan Márquez Caneda .... sound trainee (dailies)
Daniel Tudor Owen .... boom operator (dailies)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Julian Willson .... sound mixer: dailies
Special Effects by
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics artist
Robbie Drake .... prosthetics artist
Paul Hyett .... prosthetics
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Rodrigo Echevarría .... digital compositor
Richard Frazer .... visual effects supervisor
Sascha Fromeyer .... visual effects producer
Caroline Pires .... digital compositor
Andrew Savchenko .... compositor: lenscarefx
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicholas Britt .... electrician: dailies
Liam Butler .... camera trainee dailies
Dan Cloake .... electrician: dailies
Marc Covington .... a camera operator
Marc Covington .... steadicam
Jason Cuddy .... second assistant camera
Craig Davis .... gaffer
Andy Dorwart .... grip
Salvador Gomez-Lopez .... electrician
Scott Heapy .... best boy
Trevor Henen .... first assistant camera
Raz Kahmesefhi .... electrician
Theo Milford .... additional gaffer
Ian Ogden .... grip trainee
Simon Olney .... electrician: dailies
Jonathan Spencer .... gaffer
Scott Sullivan .... camera trainee
Iain Thomson .... second assistant camera: dailies
Sophie Wilson .... first assistant camera: dailies
Casting Department
Darren Baba .... extras casting assistant
Johnny Lynch .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toria Hunt .... costume assistant
Eloise Park .... standby costume
Hannah Wood .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Riccardo Bacigalupo .... assistant editor
Pat Wintersgill .... colorist
Other crew
Monique Brown .... production assistant
Sean Connolly .... runner
Mark Corden .... runner
Roxanne Cuenca .... script supervisor
George French .... runner
Daniel Len Frost .... medic
Ben Galster .... epk director
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Christopher Hutchins .... location manager
Tom Kissock .... floor runner: dailies
Adán Latonda .... dubbing director: spanish version (2014)
Kasia Malipan .... production coordinator
Geoffrey Morgan .... floor runner
Matthew Riley .... epk cameraman
Daisy Rooke .... runner
Mark Rowan .... health & safety advisor recce
Joe Sharp .... edit trainee
Lloyd Stonard .... runner
Derek Warman .... fire officer
Russell Webber .... international sales & distribution: SC Films International
Mark Yeshin .... dit
Joe Bowman .... special thanks
Richard George .... thanks
James Player .... thanks

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90 min
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The opening credits originally unfolded over a long unbroken crane shot of Sheridan Smith.See more »
Continuity: When the killer gets his gun back Sheridans bra strap moves from halfway down her arm to her shoulder.See more »
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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Exciting, gritty, funny! Think twice before you thrown open the curtains..., 24 September 2012
Author: TheSquiss

Tower Block is a lesson in how to make fine films in single locations with tiny budgets that are character driven, effects-light and based on sharply written simple premises, which are blackly funny but still suspenseful. That Tower Block marks the feature directorial debuts for James Nunn & Ronnie Thompson, is astounding. What a way to start! 1950's Britain saw the birth of high-rise blocks as a solution to the post-war population boom. For a while they were popular for their views and originality. Then we grew up, realized how bad they were for morale, how quickly they became havens for crime and we started demolishing them.

Fast forward to preset day London. The residents on the top floor of one such tower block have stubbornly remained in their flats until the council can rehouse them, despite threats from the developer who has acquired the land and to being victims of extortion by number one grunt of the block, Kurtis. When a resident is beaten to death in a vicious attack, all but one of the other tenants bolt their doors and hope the trouble will go away. But Becky's heroics count for nothing and her bruises cause her to withdraw, too. Then, one morning several months later, a sniper starts executing them.

The stylized title sequence sets the tone of the film with muted colours, camera angles that make heads tilt and an intensity that puts the viewer on edge from the outset. We know there'll be a shot fired sooner or later, but it's still a jolt when the initial shot happens. It certainly makes an impact… We're given only the briefest introductions to the characters before the dying commences in style. It's ruthless when it happens and the 90-minute running time ensures the pace is tightened for maximum impact. But, though the journey is swift, Tower Block is far from being only about action and brutality. Each character who survives the initial onslaught is given (some) time to breathe and relationships are hastily forged where previously there has been barely a glance shared on the top floor.

The closest Tower Block comes to a star is Sheridan Smith, an actress who made her name in TV (Eyes Down, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and has earned plaudits and gongs on the stage in Legally Blonde and Hedda Gabler. In Tower Block, Smith states her intention to conquer the big screen, too, with a strong performance as a determined woman forced to lead a clutch of neighbours fighting for survival despite dwindling options and rising tempers.

Excellent as she is, Smith shares ownership of the limelight with Jack O'Connell (Eden Lake, Harry Brown) as Kurtis. Though Kurtis is utterly detestable from the moment we meet him, O'Connell subtly unravels him to reveal insecurities and fears that have been shrouded in a flapping cloak of aggression for years. Deep within this morally corrupt monster lies a code of conduct and a pragmatism that one can't help, well, if not liking then at least enjoying. And screenwriter James Moran has gifted him some of the funnies quips of the film.

The supporting cast forms a who's who of council estate characters and there's a certain amount of pleasure to be gained from guessing who's destined to become the next splatter of pulp across the wall. And when it inevitably arrives, each demise brings its own cocktail of wince and smile.

Moran, who is given a moment of glory with the presence of his Cockneys Versus Zombies poster, writes from within each character with the same tone he set in 2006's Severance. There are no pointless monologues of exposition, just beautiful, jagged and bitterly funny snatches of conversation that reflect each character's evolution from their reticence to reveal too much, to the spewing of emotion when their mortality is callously close. If this is anything to go by, next year's Silent Night of the Living Dead could be stunning.

Though last night's audience was woefully small, it was a preview screening and the buzz with which the viewers left was palpable and Tower Block is likely to be a film that steadily builds an audience via word of mouth. And so it should. It's an exciting, gritty, funny film and, in the current batch of 'films in towers', though it falls short of the virtually flawless The Raid, I suspect it ranks higher than Dredd and positively towers above Man on Ledge and Tower Heist.

Tower Block misses perfection for some silly mistakes it is impossible to point out here without giving away plot lines other than to say the final act of violence was three inches the wrong side of cheesy and when a certain character improvises with 'armour', only in the worst moments of Hollywood would it be adequate. But these are but silly errors of judgment in an otherwise riveting film that'll have you thinking twice before you thrown open the curtains.

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