Review in Brief: Shorta (2020)

Slickly executed, punchy and almost unbearably tense, SHORTA really makes an impact in a world where a frankly insane amount of people from minority communities are still losing their lives to police brutality. After a botched arrest in a Danish ghetto leads to the death of a young Arab man, two cops involved that sensitive case are tasked with keeping the peace but end stranded and fighting for their lives in the same deprived area as the site of their shame. Jacob Lohmann, Simon Sears as cops Mike and Jens and especially Tarek Tyat as Amos, a young victim of stop and search swept up in their predicament all deliver excellent raw performances and the direction from Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Ølholm is tightly controlled and never loses momentum. Nothing the police get up to is made to look glamorous or cool, but a sweaty, dirty nightmare that just goes from bad to worse, typified by a half-obscured brawl in a flooding bathroom. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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