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Shoot on Sight (2007)

A Lahore-born London Police Commander deals with personal issues and investigates the shooting death of a fellow-Muslim.

Director:

Jag Mundhra

Writers:

Carl Austin (screenplay), Jag Mundhra (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Police Commander Tariq Ali
Greta Scacchi ... Susan Ali
Brian Cox ... Daniel Tennant
Stephen Greif ... Commander John Shepherd
Om Puri ... Junaid
Gulshan Grover ... Yunus
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Police CO19 Officer
Sadie Frost ... Advocate Fiona Monroe
Mikaal Zulfiqar ... Zaheer Khan
Laila Rouass ... Ruby Kaur
India Wadsworth ... Zara Ali
Arrun Harker Arrun Harker ... Imran Ali
Tolga Safer ... Aziz
Clifford Samuel ... Elijah
San Shella ... Abdullah
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Storyline

Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer of Scotland Yard, is asked to hunt-down suspected suicide-bombers against the backdrop of July 7 bombings in London. Tariq's task gets complicated as an innocent Muslim is killed by the commando shooters of Scotland Yard. On the other hand, Tariq - a British citizen is himself a suspect in the eyes of his boss, despite his long service in the Scotland Yard. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Is it a crime to be a Muslim?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Attentat: London See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Amitabh Bachchan was offered the lead role but declined. See more »

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Solid drama with good points
25 August 2008 | by HalfangSee all my reviews

I just came from the cinema from watching "Shoot on Sight".

I have to say that the tag line cached my attention since I first saw it, being interested in the movie itself, and what was it about. Being a Criminology student, it's not hard to find interesting how people react to racism, and how people sometimes overreact to it. Some good points are made on that respect (when Ali learns about the wife of the "racist" cop, for example).

Now, getting into the movie itself, it looks like a TV-drama. It's not a judgement, it's just an opinion that doesn't either make it good or bad. Some of the plot related elements look a bit forced, in order to make the characters more "popular" amongst the public, I guess. The pace is steady, and the movie doesn't refrain from giving some "shock moments", which I particularly love. This makes the whole thing a bit real. However, don't expect great shoot-outs, people jumping on the air whilst firing two guns, or people shooting to the air and shouting "AAAAH" (see Hot Fuzz). It has action, understand me, but in a more steady way.

However, the important thing about the movie (and basically what I went to see it for) is the plot, and what it deals with. Islamic terrorism is something quite present on British society, and even more present in London, and even talking about it might be seen by some as racism. As one of the characters say, not all Muslims are Islamic terrorists, but all the Islamic terrorists are Muslim. Again, not being racist, just realistic. The film manages to stay in a neutral position, and not failing in a pro-Islams/anti-Islams position (which I feared, to be honest). It is neither a terrorist manifesto, nor an auto-criminalisation of all Muslims. Stays well balanced in very unstable grounds.

I gave it a 8/10. Worth watching.


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