Paul Donovan & Maura O’Connell – Siege AKA Self Defense [+ Commentary] (1983)
During a police strike in Nova Scotia’s capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.
★★★½ Rewatched by John Charles 26 Jul 2021
Canada’s answer to ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, SIEGE posits what might have happened during the real-life Halifax police strike of 1981. It’s small in scale and ambition, but benefits from that economy and does an admirable job building suspense. Working with C$250,000 and a shooting ratio of only 3:1, the directors manage to get both effective performances and sufficient coverage for the scenario to work quite well, making SIEGE one of the best Canadian B-movies of its time.
2.31GB | 1h 23m | 1024×552 | mkv