I won't lie, prison films have never been my favorite. Sure I enjoyed HBO's Oz as much as the next guy, but a 2hr film about a guy in lockup, with the exception of Shawshank Redemption has never been a type of film I have ever been compelled to watch. In fact when I first read about Shot Caller I just figured it would be another run of the mill prison/redemption film. It's actually much more
Shot Caller stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldu from Game of Thrones as Jacob Harlan. Jacob is an average guy, stockbroker with a wife and son. Then everything falls apart. Jacob is arrested and convicted of drunk driving and the death of his friend. He hires a powerful lawyer to get him off, putting his home up for collateral, but that goes south and he loses everything, and gets sent away.
Once in prison he joins the White Supremacist gang at first for protection mostly but as the years pass he slowly works his way up the ladder. Killing a snitch at first, we watch as Jacob begins to turn into "Money" a hardened criminal now covered in tattoos who has distanced himself from his family.
After doing 10 years of hard time he is finally getting out and looking forward to his release when he is told you only get out when your six feet under. Jacob must now handle a gun running job on the outside or his family could pay the price for his other life he lead inside prison.
Filmed so the past and present are intertwined in a narrative presentation Shot Caller delivers on all aspects. From brutal violence and action to a command performance by Coster-Waldu you are captivated by watching a normal man become a product of a violent prison system.
You don't have to be a fan of prison films to enjoy this one. Fans of action and drama both will both like this film. It's definitely a must see on all aspects of film.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars