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Kingston, Jamaica is a breeding ground for great music, great food, great style and great shottas--young, homegrown Jamaican gangsters. Biggs and Wayne grew up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston. Hoping for a better life, with limited possibilities on the horizon, they rob a soda truck and manage to grab enough money to purchase visas to take them to a better life in the United States. Their dream doesn't go as planned. After hustling in the drug world of Miami gets them into trouble, the young men are deported--sent back to Jamaica with empty pockets and dashed hopes.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's tough to imagine how someone could make a movie about Jamaican gangsterism that's so devoid of political content, but that's hardly Silvestra's biggest problem."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Writer-director Cess Silvera delivers an empty, bullet-riddled exploitation combo of attitude and poses."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"A straight-ahead Jamaican gansta flick, it's a lot of fun, if empty."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Crime flicks featuring nihilistic thugs engaged in futile, sometimes humorously soulless violence accompanied by a hip soundtrack aren't a commodity. And nothing in this energetic, hollow movie boosts its marketability or appeal."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Stephen Marley's vociferous reggae-rap soundtrack makes painfully literal the film's The Harder They Come-Get Rich or Die Tryin' hybridization."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Shottas has everything a bad music video should have -- close-ups of foreign sports cars, women with painful-looking implants stepping in and out of hot tubs, ugly men with gold teeth waving around automatics."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Unless you love senseless violence and gratuitous shots of fake breasts, you might want to listen with your eyes closed."
‑ Evelyn McDonnell, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Shottas, a Jamaican-set underworld flick executive produced by musician Wyclef Jean and being given a pat-on-the-head theatrical release in advance of its DVD peddling from Sony Pictures later this year, is proof that a movie can at least on some l"
‑ Brent Simon, IGN Movies
"Stars from reggae and other musical worlds give acting a try in Shottas, a witless, misogynistic, gratuitously violent, drug-culture-worshiping film."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Who says they don't write good women's roles anymore? The females on view fall into two prototypes: Hot Tub Chippie No. 2 or Plastic Surgery Fire Sale Victim No. 3."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"De Palma and Scorsese breathed new life into the crime genre; Silvera just embalms it."
‑ Jim Hemphill,
"It would have been a more worthy effort to get past the lifestyle sheen to the emotional undercurrents of men who choose violence at every turn."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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