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New Town Killers [Blu-ray] [2008]

Liz White , Dougray Scott , Richard Jobson    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liz White, Dougray Scott, Charles Mnene, James Pearson, Neil McNulty
  • Directors: Richard Jobson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Cat & mouse thriller tells the story of two bankers who offer Sean the chance to clear his sister s debt on the condition that he can hide from them for 12 hours on the streets of Edinburgh. Sean accepts the offer and soon realises it s a tragic game of life and death that the bankers will stop at nothing to win.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
This film's Edinburgh set crime thriller, which dips into murky chase torture at times has a sense that 'Lola' (the modern-ish German classic) is going to be parodied.

Obviously pitched at being outside of actual reality, where wealthy landlords, pimps or drug dealers (known in the film as 'private bankers') not only extort their penniless customers but also bait and taunt them, as in some cruel, sadistic game.

Unfortunately, this is no The Third Man (shadowy sinister characters lurking on dark corners), Lola (the 'chase' seems to be mainly driving about in a Jaguar saloon) whilst The Trainspotting vibes resonate most. Except, there simply aren't the oddly likable, charismatic characters in that, for a start. There's quite a few Hitchcockian twists with a silent, weaving camera teasing us, though.

It seems that the whole thing passed me by without making much of an impression. Not sure exactly where it fell down, maybe a bit in each. I daresay I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow. There have been US equivalents that have worked better, maybe for being more villainous, or better written, or better everything. It's not a bad effort, though; it won't sink the indie Brit film scene but very definitely, unlike Trainspotting, won't set it alight either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too many Scotish accents. 21 Jan 2014
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This is another very gritty British drama/thriller set in Edinburgh,and fortunately for me there are very few charactors in it with strong local accents as this copy of the film has no English subtitles.

Much of the film is set at night and although the city can look beautiful even then Richard Jobson has chosen dour,dark locations to fit the theme of his story.

Apart from the terrific Dougray Scott the actors are largely unknown(to me)but all are exceptional and believable despite one or two plot holes in the story.

It's an entertaining watch,realistic and homely but probably wont please Edinburgh councillers for showing the under-belly of their great city.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the deadliest game 27 Sep 2009
The idea of people being hunted for the sport of others is one that has been a staple of the printed page and the moving picture for a very long time. In fact it is so much of a staple that it seems to have pretty much run its course, but suddenly, along comes New Town Killers and makes everything that is old feel very very new.
Directed by Richard Jobson (yes the Richard Jobson who used to be in the Skids), the film centres around a riveting performance from Dougray Scot as Alistair, a cold and dangerously psychotic financier who gets his kicks from hunting human prey. Alistair has his eye on a new employee for his firm, Jamie (Alastair Mackenzie), and decides to use his game as a way to prove that Jamie has what it takes. The pair decide to target a young lad named Sean (a fantastic performance from James Anthony Pearson), who is down on his luck and desperate to make some money so he can bail his waster sister out of the trouble she has gotten herself into with a couple of loan sharks. Sean agrees to the offer, aware that to win he must simply stay one step ahead of the duo over the period of one night, after which he gets enough cash to solve all his problems. Unfortunately, what he and does not know is that loosing doesn't just involve loosing the money, it involves losing his life.
What we have is basically a cat and mouse game played out across the backstreets and clubs of a brilliantly realised Edinburgh. Jobson is obviously very familiar with the spaces of the city, and uses this knowledge to his advantage in portraying Edinburgh after dark as both beautiful and threatening in equal measures helped along in no small way by the films various action set pieces, and there are any number to choose from.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Ride. 31 Aug 2009
I rented this out and watched it last night, on the edge of my seat and gasping at what happened on screen. It's about a young man named Sean who discovers that his sister Alice is in debt and needs to find a way to pay it off. When he meets two strange men that offer him a large ammount of money and the catch is that he must avoid them throughout the night, if he can then he gets the money at 9am in the morning. But what Sean dosen't know is that he's on a cat and mouse chase as he can't trust no-one and must run to stay alive to win this horriying game. When the real action starts, it never stops and leaves your jaw dropped to the floor. It feels like a horror movie instead of a thriller, seeing Dougray Scott as a terrifying pschyo made me scream at times but he played his part really well with a chilling laugh and a evil grin. Liz White of Life On Mars fame was very good as Alice as did the man who played Sean though I forgot his name. I highly recommend this film if you love tense thrillers with added horror and a good twist at the end, worth seeing for a rental or buy it's a must see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept, Flawed Execution 1 Oct 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I must say that when I first saw this writer/director Richard Jobson creation at the London Film Festival in 2008 I had very high hopes for it - after all the only other Jobson film I had seen was his excellent portrayal of alcoholism in 16 Years Of Alcohol, made five years earlier. However, whilst with the earlier film Jobson had taken a familiar subject and lent it quite an inventive (poetic realism, maybe) take, with New Town Killers, he takes a (for its time, 2007/8) relatively embryonic subject - the all-consuming power of bankers - but (largely) fails to convince with this depiction.

As with 16 Years Of Alcohol, Jobson sets his film in Edinburgh and, via the gritty (mainly night-time) and fast-moving cinematography by Simon Dennis and the impressively eclectic soundtrack (featuring original music by Stephen Hilton and songs from indie bands such as Isa & The Filthy Tongues, The Enemy, Turbo Negro and FlyKKiler), manages to evocatively depict the darker side of Scotland's capital city. However, it is in the film's plotting where, for me, it rather flounders. Although the motivation of bankers Alastair Raskolnikov (hmm) (Dougray Scott) and Jamie Stewart (Alastair Mackenzie) - working for Ethical Finance (geddit?) - in their sadistic game of pursuit with James Anthony Pearson's street-wise Sean Macdonald (who is looking to make some easy cash to settle his sister Alice's (Liz White) drug-related debts) is gradually revealed to us viewers, its underlying nihilistic hedonism ('I did it because I could'), whilst understandably never likely to win the audience sympathy vote, is never really convincing and is also portrayed with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer (far too many dark street chases and an excess of gratuitous violence).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars tense and effective
The Edinburgh New Town is the area to the north of Edinburgh full of stately Georgian streets, with some of the most expensive homes in Scotland. Read more
Published 6 months ago by tallmanbaby
1.0 out of 5 stars What happens when students get to make a film
A truly awful effort that tries oh so hard to be atmospheric and cool, but falls flat on its face.

A typical student movie- one dimensional characters and a ridiculous... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Sedgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns in this,fast paced scotish thriller
What a great little film this is too,clever story, about a boy whos sister is in debt to some bad people. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. T. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Play The Game
And what a game it is too. This dark, chilling and gritty British thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. In my opinion, this is Richard Jobson's best film so far. Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. Boyle
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
really enjoyed this film,plenty of action and keeps your attention throughout,would watch it again at some point,really good photography in this film.
Published 14 months ago by adrian watkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific thriller set in Edinburgh
I have just watched this film for the first time and was delighted when I realised that it was set in Scotland's beautiful capital city of Edinburgh. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. E. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars New Town Thriller
Sean Macdonald (James Anthony Pearson) is a down and out parentless teenager who lives with his debt ridden sister on deprived housing estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh [but it... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Throda tzen
2.0 out of 5 stars Why bother?
Oh dear! I watched this thinking it was going to be at least interesting. Not a bit of it. The two-dimensional characters and highly implausible plot make it one of those films you... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by S. J. Barnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent budget film
This is an excellent gritty low budget film that starts off slowly but well worth perseveri9ng with. Highly recommended.
Published on 25 Aug 2010 by John Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty urban chase thriller
If it were not for the violence this could have been one of those excellent tv dramas stretched over three nights but instead what you get is an excellent chase thriller condensed... Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by PJ Rankine
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