Nightshooters – Toronto After Dark 2021

Nightshooters – Toronto After Dark 2021

An action thriller about a group of filmmakers who find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals after witnessing a brutal gangland execution. Unable to flee the derelict building they have been shooting in, the hapless film crew must use their technical skill and cinematic knowledge to defend themselves. The stunt man is a martial arts master, the special effects guru disregards safety and sets lethal traps, and the sound department strategically lay radio mics to detect when the hoodlums are on their way. Cue lots of thrills in a cat and mouse game of survival.

A guerrilla film crew has to fight for their survival when they witness a mob murder in . Marshall Keane () is the director of a no-budget zombie film, shooting in an abandoned building with a ragtag crew that includes cinematographer Jenn (), sound recordist Oddbod (), special effects expert Ellie (), and stuntman Donnie (). However, right across the way, mob boss Tarker () is in the middle of performing a double execution. When the murders are caught by the crew, they must fend for their lives, as they become the mob's next target.

Nightshooters is an action/thriller by writer/director Marc Price about a film crew who find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time when they accidentally witness a gangland execution. To make matters worse, director Marshall decided to cut corners and not to get a permit for the soon-to-be-demolished building they are shooting in, meaning nobody knows they are there. Lucky for them, stuntman Donnie happens to be a martial arts expert and might actually be the crew's best hope for survival.

I have to admit that Nightshooters comes across as many film ideas meshed in one. This includes the so bad, it's good zombie film within the film Dawn of the Deadly, which kicks the action off, a cockney British crime thriller, and finally a high-octane martial arts action film. It is the latter that actually makes Nightshooters stand out since Jean-Paul Ly's martial arts in the film is quite well done, including a very impressive kill. However, those scenes do feel somewhat out of place with the rest of Nightshooters, which overall is merely an OK action/thriller.

Nightshooters is streaming beginning on October 15th, 2021 as part of the virtual 2021 Toronto After Dark Film Festival

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.