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  • Summary: In the tradition of "Scarface" and "The Harder They Come," Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the U.S., where they begin aIn the tradition of "Scarface" and "The Harder They Come," Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the U.S., where they begin a ruthless climb from the bottom to the glittering top of a criminal enterprise in a Miami filled with fast cars and gorgeous women. The two men remain fiercely bound by their shottas loyalty as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld. (Sony) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    It's all pretty rough going, but even with its microbudget there's enough blood, booty and bling to satisfy fans of the genre. It's also never dull, thanks to Silvera's restless pacing and a great reggae soundtrack.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Dawkins
    50
    Gangster tale Shottas feels like a Jamaican "Scarface," offering a vivid slice of the underground street culture of Kingston. Still, the violence is senseless and the plot full of holes.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    Writer-director Cess Silvera claims he's trying to "show the gritty life of Jamaican immigrants," but Shottas is no more a social-issue film than "Scarface."
  4. Cess Silvera, the film's writer and director, doesn't find any of the humanity or inner demons that would allow the characters to rise above B-movie exploitation.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    There's no social commentary discernible here; merely a rap-video style glorification of the gangsta life, complete with mad money, barely clad babes and that annoying affectation of holding pistols sideways. As to its treatment of women, well, it's not exactly a feminist film.
  6. 38
    A slick but dull new shoot- ' em-up from Jamaica, doesn't penetrate the mysteries of high-rolling, high-risk thug life.
  7. Shottas exists purely in the realm of rasta-music-video fakery.

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  1. P.D.Christie
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    Must watch the "making of" documentary. The film is violently realistic but has an underlining voice full of determination.
  2. TB.
    Feb 26, 2007
    10
    This movie is true about the life of thugs and ganstas. I think that Cess did a good job of portraying the streets of Jamaica to the streets This movie is true about the life of thugs and ganstas. I think that Cess did a good job of portraying the streets of Jamaica to the streets of US. Much respect! Expand
  3. BigDan
    Feb 2, 2007
    10
    All I got to say if fuck negative critics. This movie had lots of heart, and the picture painted was pretty clear. You can't expect All I got to say if fuck negative critics. This movie had lots of heart, and the picture painted was pretty clear. You can't expect people who haven't been through the struggle understand this type of lifestyle. How do you expect these negative critics who have been handed everything on a silver platter to produce good reviews on a movie of this genre. I believe Silvera is a very good writer and director and should become even stronger as he gains more experience. Keep on doing your thang Cess. Expand
  4. Dee
    Feb 25, 2007
    10
    I am a true believer that you can't possibly relate to a movie like this if you have not been thru a struggle yourself. This was an I am a true believer that you can't possibly relate to a movie like this if you have not been thru a struggle yourself. This was an excellent movie. My favorite movies are Scarface and the Godfather series. The movie is not a "Scarface knock off" but it is a movie that some can relate to, action packed, and as another person stated, gets straight to the point. Not to mention the actors are not these Hollywood magazine faces we see in the highlights everyday. Maybe thats why there are "haters". Sorry there are people out there that do get tired of looking at the same faces in movies. Expand
  5. PatE.
    Feb 10, 2007
    9
    This move was good, the true nature of the struggles one must go through in order to make it out of the ghettos of Jamaica should be This move was good, the true nature of the struggles one must go through in order to make it out of the ghettos of Jamaica should be painstakingly clear to people now! Everything you see, really goes down! Expand

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