New Town Killers
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With a premise that suggests an early 21st century variation on David Fincher's paranoia classic The Game (1997), New Town Killers stars Dougray Scott as Alistair, a slimy, ice water-veined financier who gets his kicks and thrills by targeting human prey. His modus operandi involves bringing in an innocent young candidate for a new job, Jamie Stewart (Alastair Mackenzie), and demanding as a prerequisite that the two play a mysterious game together. They must find a down-and-outer and challenge him to escape from their clutches over the course of one long and fateful night. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A seemingly self-mocking jumble of sour literary, cinematic, class and genre affectations."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It is tightly constructed and successfully portrays the underlying tension between Edinburgh's newly prosperous and those who never had anything and never will."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A film featuring free-running that makes this most bizarre of extreme pursuits appear positively pedestrian."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"This is shocking, it suggests David Fincher's The Game shot by crackheads running around with cheap DV cameras."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Caught between wanting to make a bold statement and deliver edge of the seat thrills, New Town Killers is a curious mix."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"The film has great visual flair, but the story is a heavy-handed slice of modern melodrama that would have made Dickens blush."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK)
"Energetic direction and a promising central performance counteract the modest budget and some less-than-convincing plot elements."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The look of the film is unpolished and several of the supporting performances are poor."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Social commentary with a video game mentality. Intriguing, if not entirely successful."
‑ Nikki Baughan, Little White Lies
"Racing from lawless tenement to loveless townhouse, it's grittier and gutsier than the cut-price Running Man clone it threatens to become, a spiky little speedball of caustic social commentary and guerrilla thrills."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"A series of illogical twists derails a chase movie that ends in the unfortunate metaphor of an empty box."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"Genuinely thrilling urban chase. The tension just keeps ratcheting up."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Given that it's basically one big chase, there's something awfully snoozy about this latest from Richard Jobson - a sort of cut-price, Scottish-set Hostel (a mountain bothy, maybe?)."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"Tension and mystery are both constants throughout this very decent indie movie, which could have easily become a cult classic in future years if Sean's two pursuers were better handled by the script."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"So depressing, life-sapping and unrelentingly nihilistic, words have yet to be invented to convey the sheer awfulness of this so-called thriller. A contender for worst film of 2009."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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