Shottas (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Anderson

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.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Writer-director Cess Silvera delivers an empty, bullet-riddled exploitation combo of attitude and poses.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A straight-ahead Jamaican gansta flick, it's a lot of fun, if empty.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Evelyn McDonnell
Miami Herald

Unless you love senseless violence and gratuitous shots of fake breasts, you might want to listen with your eyes closed.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Stars from reggae and other musical worlds give acting a try in Shottas, a witless, misogynistic, gratuitously violent, drug-culture-worshiping film.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Jim Hemphill

De Palma and Scorsese breathed new life into the crime genre; Silvera just embalms it.

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Fascade Fiveoneeight
An incredible gangsta tale of two friends that grow up together in the mean streets of Kingston Jamaica and migrates over to the US. See this it is a treasure.