Release Date: November 10th, 2006 by Destination Films.
The Cast: Kymani Marley, Paul Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Spragga Benz, Louie Rankin.
Directed by Cess Silvera.
BASIC PREMISE: Lifelong friends Biggs (Marley) and Wayne (Benz) lead a life of crime as Jamaican gangsters, a.k.a. shottas.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Shottas follows the typical formula of gangster films with plenty of clichés, yet still disappoints. In the openings scenes, Biggs and Wayne already get into a life of violence as young children when Wayne discovers a gun, robs a bus driver, and shoots him. As adults, their life hasn’t changed all that much as they get deported from the Miami for drug-related crimes and continue their robbing and killing spree in Jamaica. Other shottas eventually become a threat to them. Of course, hot babes have sex with them whenever they want—i.e. when one of them screws a sexy jewelry store saleswoman in the store with ease. Kymani Marley, son of Bob Marley, gives a decent performance as Biggs but there’s not nearly enough material to give him any range. Writer/director Cess Silvera includes too much stilted dialogue, unintentionally funny scenes and implausible scenarios. Even the blood in the excessively violent scenes looks fake which makes this feel like a silly, direct-to-TV B-movie with pointless nudity. On a positive note, the soundtrack is hip and energetic soundtrack while the colorful, picturesque Jamaican settings provide some eye candy in case the nudity is not enough, but, ultimately, that’s all that Shottas has to offer in terms of entertainment value.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Often stilted and implausible.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: A hip soundtrack and picturesque settings don’t compensate for an implausible plot with stilted dialogue.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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