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Shottas
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This was Cess Silva's 1st film and it was a very good movie, it explores the life of two Jamaican childhood best friends who grew up dirt poor & raggedy in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica. The friends (Biggs & Wayne)shared common goals, and each wanted to be rich with money, power & respect and wouldn't stop until they got to the top and had the best life possible. The movie takes you on a roller coaster ride while it explores friendship, loyalty, ambition, crime, pain, love, deceit/betrayal and teaches you a lessons. The loyalty, love and respect Wayne, Biggs & Mad Max have for one another as friends is almost farfetched nowadays, no one got jealous of the other one, no hating or backstabbing, just true brotherly love. They were down for each other and fearless. At the end Biggs learned a painful lesson when his demons finally catch up to him and he has to pay in many ways that money nor fine luxuries can't buy. I'll admit it was an underground movie and leaves alot to be desired which may come if there's a sequel, but being this is the director's first movie, I give him 5 stars for effort and for the delectable eye candy (Kymani Marley & Spragga Benz). In his next effort I'm sure he'll have a plot and other essentials in a good movie.
This is a good movie and anyone from the hood, the Caribbean and born African American can definately relate, I feel as though this movie is just as good as Scarface, The Godfather and Belly for that much, these rappers and artists that have no formal acting coaching did a superb job!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 27, 2007
People scoring this movie with only a couple stars and complaining that it is derivative of other movies are missing the point. There is no pretension that this movie is something original and new. The point is to examine the life of Jamaican shottas, which this movie does well.

The quality of the acting is a pleasant surprise. Some of the main characters had no previous acting experience and do an admirable job. Louie Rankin, in particular, delivers a tremendous performance and is perfectly cast. Spragga also is excellent in the film. Although Ky-mani Marley gives a decent performance, there is something about the way he portrays his character that does not feel quite right. Hopefully in the sequel this aspect will be addressed.

The soundtrack is essentially flawless. The selection of songs and the soundtrack, done by Stephen Marley, fit into the movie well.

I would like to commend the director of Shottas, who also happens to be the writer of the story. The film is pieced together well, has the correct ambience from scene to scene, and is paced nicely in a way that does not get boring. There is also a fun addition of a little bit of comic relief from time to time that is placed well.

Shottas is by no means a masterpiece, but it is highly entertaining. There are few films that I watch multiple times. Shottas is one of those few films that I watch over and over. If you want to see a solid action film with pounding reggae and a Jamaican backdrop then Shottas is for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2007
I wasnt expecting to much of this movie but it turned out to be really good. Ky-Mani and Spragga did a great job imo. Its kind of like a Jamaicanized Belly. Everyone has already told you what its about so I'll skip all that but I really enjoyed this movie and ended up buying it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2007
this movie was HOTT. i bought this movie on bootleg and never watched it until i got bored one day. WOW what i had been missing. head bussing and wig splittin all throughout the movie. i don't know what was funnier wyclef himself or the clothes that he was wearing. BIG UP to the cast and musch respect to dem shotta mad max
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2010
Shottas (2002) is a movie that unfolds in the American and Jamaican
underworld involving a kingpin with armed associates, clique,
entourage and million dollar lifestyle. This is intended for a
middle-of-the-road, general audience with mass appeal, featuring
gang animosities.

Some will be taken aback from the frequency of Jamaican slang, such
as "bloodclot", or a reference to Day-O (Banana Boat song) or the
shot caller (shotta.) There's also the matter of the pronunciation
by the locals, incomprehensible, suggesting a style derived from
mass illiteracy.

Surprisingly, the release is not 16 x 9, which is unfortunate, as
many angles, the editing, the flow of the script and of the story
if often glossy, well chosen, filmed and delightful.

There is nothing lost in the soundtrack, from an eclectic,
balanced, diversified and eager for risk series of numbers.

The story is food for thought, ranging from the characters - all
miscreants and juvenile delinquents that are trigger happy - such
that the special F/X dept uses up dozens of blood packs over the
course of 90 mins, to weighing the likelihood that a kingpin can
make $7 mil merely from shakedowns of other gangs and legit
businesses.

At not time is there any retaliation law enforcement. There is no
tension, either, among the gangsters, about the legitimacy of their
conduct, operations, rivalry, showing an euphoria from beginning to
end, ranging from scenes at clubs to outdoor festivities and indoor
scenes. A non-stop impunity for all conduct is the case, public and
private, in terms of rubouts, gunplay, car jackings, and
shootouts.

Viewers are made to see a number of "toys" used by the
protagonists, ranging from a power yacht, a Lamborghini, Mercedes
Benz, Cadillac Escalade, Porsche, Rolex, etc.

The director's boldness is clear, in exposing the underlying
violence affecting much of Jamaica, and in expatriate communities
who know of no other livelihood than crime, firing pistols and
shotguns. The ugliness and senseless killing, is in plain sight
and the darkness is juxtaposed tightly with hedonistic moments.

The ghetto, as shown, comprises people who are one-dimensional,
emotionally shallow, closed to cultural sources that normally,
permeate people's lives, ( TV, sports, religion, politics, book
authors.) The charactes seem to never have heard of those things,
or been influenced by any of them. The exception is when a
politician, (mingling with gangs perhaps to gain an upper hand on
rivals), turns against his underworld henchmen when they go rogue
and become front page news.

At the end, many will wonder how is it the characters are still
walking the streets, and not in an asylum.

The oversimplification of crime may also be a turn off, not least
of which because some of the biggest and most profitable
masterminds never show themselves, or commit violence personally,
Finally, Ky-Mani Marley's acting is promising, as Biggs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2006
This movie is much better than i though it would be especially if your from the islands Worth every penny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I am not a film critic of any kind, but i was actually introduced to this movie a while back by my friend who told me it had a good story line to it, plus alot of people can relate to it, like gangsters or just people who hustle and love making money, but putting aside the dirty business. If you search this movie up i am pretty sure other reviewers can explain this movie better then i can.

I would rate this on a 5.4, but on the imdb website it has a 5.7 which is not bad, as i said the way i picture this film i'd give it a 3.7/5 on amazon but a it took it by a landslide bumping it to a 4ish, with the great services amazon has been providing me with for over many many years
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2007
If you like Belly, State Property, Blue Hill Av, Scarface or any of them then YOU GOTTA GET DIS!!!!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
this movie is BEYOND POINTLESS! I don't want you to go through what I did, which is sitting through this violent and disgraceful story thinking that in the end there is going to be some sort of statement made. If you don't know that dealing drugs and threatening people with guns and shooting people will eventually get you and your associates in prison or killed, than maybe you are just ignorant enough to enjoy this movie. I liked the film Belly because it at least had a positive message about transformation and choosing a better path at the end. This is a pure disgrace. It sensationalizes, glorifies, and glamorizes extortion, violence, and the objectification of women. It is disappointing that a child of Bob Marley, who has his father tattooed on his arm, would be part of a film as negative as this. The fact that this film got so many positive reviews on here does not reflect well on humanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2013
It's funny how people project their feelings on to others. But to shed some lite on the movie, isn't that what going on in
today's society .... ? If those who like this movie were made in this imitation you would think that you would change up your routine.
Not how those seem to think this is a outline of how it to be copied! This movie reminded me of the sixties in a lot of ways ...
This is a lesson for those PLAY GANGSTERS who think they are doing somethings ...
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