Nightshooters (UK, 2021)

A film crew are in for the night of their lives in this action-packed film from writer/director Marc Price.

In an abandoned building on the outskirts of the city, a film crew are making a horror-action film. Director Marshall is in charge of the shoot while the crew consists of demolitions expert Ellie, lead star Harper, who is an arrogant pompous star; and his stunt double Donnie. Marshall informs the crew that they will have to get as much shooting done as possible because as part of the deal of nailing the location for a low price, the building itself will be demolished.

Meanwhile, in another part of the building, Tarker, a notorious mob boss has kidnapped two unsuspecting people. He has them both killed, and soon learns the film crew have witnessed the hits. Tarker orders his crew to take out the film crew. The film crew soon become targets, but they soon learn Donnie is an ace martial artist who is able to dispatch some of his men. The film crew decides they must find a way out with Donnie as the blocker. Can the film crew escape from Tarker or will it be too late?

Now this makes for a very interesting concept. A guerilla film crew basically have to become their own brand of guerillas when they fall prey to a notorious mob boss and his goons within a building that is set to be demolished the next morning. When it comes to movies within movies or films about film crews shooting, there are going to be the stereotypes in terms of characters. Like the arrogant actor or the unscrupulous director who couldn’t give a damn about their crew as long as they get the movie finished.

Of course, Adam McNab’s Marshall is the director who shocks the crew, ticking them off all in the process when they learn the building they are filming is set to be demolished. Then there’s Doug Allen’s Harper, who thinks because he’s the lead he can attempt to woo the females on the set. However, they rebuff him numerous times with Rosanna Hoult’s Ellie being headstrong to the point where she would deal some damage to him. However, the crew member who deals damage is the one who is quiet, stuntman Donnie, played by the excellent Jean-Paul Ly. As they say, “it’s always the quiet ones” and Donnie is just that. He takes everything all calm and collected but only when he needs to do it, will he unleash his martial arts skills.

Richard Sandling has one heck of an impact as mob boss Tarker. Sure, he unleashes some of the action when necessary, but mainly leaves it to his crew. His number one henchman, Nicholas Aaron’s O’Hara, is a riot as he can be described as a “Jason Statham”-type on ADHD and steroids with his over the top performance. The bad guys also provide the comic relief of the film, with one henchman getting outed because of his Asian heritage, coinciding with martial arts. And ironically, Ly has one of his best fight scenes against Welsh martial artist Marcus Shakesheff along with some great two on one battles where Ly does a nice little Jackie Chan-style riff. Some of the action does get graphically violent and even manages to pull off some nice twists within the story.

Nightshooters is fun, action-packed, at times graphic, and is an all-out wild adventure with the calm shylike Jean-Paul Ly unleashing his skills with the film crew making the most of an attempt to escape or in some cases, be heroes.

WFG RATING: A

Indiecan Entertainment presents an Ascendant Films production in association with Dead Pixel Productions and White Hot Productions. Director: Marc Price. Producer: Michelle Parkyn. Writer: Marc Price. Cinematography: Tom Barker. Editing: Marc Price.

Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Rosanna Hoult, Adam McNab, Doug Allan, Richard Sandling, Nicholas Aaron, Kaitlyn Riordan, Ben Shafik, Marcus Shakesheff, Karanja Yorke.

The film will be available On Demand and Digital on November 2.

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