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‘Nightshooters’ review: Funny & action packed genre mash up

Fast paced and fun.

Nightshooters is a black comedy that combines a few different genres. An indie film crew is shooting their zombie flick at an abandoned building. While in the process of shooting their movie, they inadvertently capture a gangland execution. They now have to do everything they can to escape and survive the criminals who are determined to leave no witnesses.

The fight choreography is outstanding. Jean-Paul Ly (who also stars as Donnie) also worked on the action sequences in Nightshooters. Each one is fast paced and fun and will delight audiences. There is obviously a lot of work put into the scenes, but they flow on the screen with an effortless quality. Each one does a great job of bringing something new to the film.

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Nighshooters does not strictly rely on these moments, however. It is filled with strong characters. The film takes time to introduce the audience to each one. This elevates the crew as more than just background pieces in an action movie. They have personalities and will garner interest. This also succeeds in raising the stakes.

The script is also very funny. It is easy to compare every curse word filled British crime movie to a Guy Ritchie release, but there is more to Nightshooters. The humor manages to be self-deprecating and referential without being too inside that those watching will not be able to enjoy it. There are quips and barbs tossed around that are genuinely funny and add another layer.

The plot brings together a lot of different elements. Along with using comedy, crime, and action, Nightshooters also crosses into horror and even revenge flick territory. This is a movie that wears a lot of hats. This combined with a fairly large number of characters can make things a bit hectic. This does not prevent it from being fun, but it can be a lot to process.

That ends up being part of the charm, however. One of the underlying themes of Nightshooters is its underdog quality. This can be seen in the fictional crew trying to complete their movie despite having all the odds stacked against them and in the actual cast that sometimes seem over their heads. And it makes the whole thing that much easier to cheer for.

Nightshooters comes to VOD November 2

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