Cut Throat City

2020

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 4.2 10 286

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
October 08, 2020 at 08:53 AM

Director

Cast

Ethan Hawke as Jackson Symms
Wesley Snipes as Lawrence
Terrence Howard as The Saint
Kat Graham as Demyra
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1.11 GB
1280*534
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
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2.27 GB
1920*800
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
P/S counting...
1.11 GB
1280*534
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
P/S 137 / 432
2.27 GB
1920*800
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
P/S 93 / 240

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul-allaer 4 / 10

Headache-inducing camera work and poor script doom this film

"Cut Throat City" (2020 release; 128 min.) brings the story of James and 3 of his friends. As the movie opens, they are reading a graphic novel that James has written and illustrated. It is James' wedding day, while we are told that Hurricane Katrina is rapidly approaching New Orleans. After Katrina ravages the city, James has a job interview that alas yields no job. Desperate for money, James and his friends turn to a local ringleader. He offers them an opportunity to mob a local casino, and they accept... At this point we are 10 min. into the film, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this film is the latest directed by the de facto Wu Tang Clan leader RZA (actually, the film credits reads "The RZA"). Here he takes on what in the abstract could make for a great movie: 4 guys attempt a casino heist, things don't quite work out as planned, and how they deal with the fall-out. Alas, this film is doomed by several factors: first and foremost, the film is nearly unwatchable resulting from the never-ending stream of extreme close-ups and head-ache inducing hand-held camera work. Check out the footage from within the van as the guys drive to/from the heist. It's one massive blur. Equally responsible for the film's downfall is the weak script. There is hardly any character development, and as a result, at no time did I have any emotional investment in any of the characters. That is a fatal flaw, sorry. The cast does the best it can with the material it is dealt with. Keep an eye out for Ehtan Hawke, appearing in a handful of scenes as the city council man who pressures the NOPD to apprehend the guys, the sooner the better.

"Cut Throat City" was scheduled to premiere at this year's SXSW festival. Then a little thing called COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks and the festival was canceled (rightfully so, of course). The movie finally opened this weekend in theaters, as they try to brings back people while fully adhering to all COVID-19 compliance rules. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at the Cinemark here in Cincinnati was attended dismally: 3 people (including myself) in a huge theater. It will take stronger films than "Cut Throat City" to convince the public at large that it is safe to come back to the theater. Of course I'd readily suggest you check out "Cut Throat City", be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

Reviewed by plet-54046 2 / 10

Terrible

If there were more movies coming out I don't think this movie would even make it to theatres. Total waste of time. Bad acting.

Reviewed by bradeybonnell 4 / 10

Cut Throat City (2020) - 4.4

Act 1 - 4.7

Act 2 - 4.5

Act 3 - 4.1

Movie tries to be a social commentary on how black people are always being screwed over

Nobody is like-able in the film

Feels like it's 3 hours long when it's only two

Film is so spread out among too many characters for no reason, spread to thin

Acting is mediocre to bad by almost all

Hawke and Howard both give decent performances

Nothing to recommend about the film

Animated opening credits with black people fighting Nazis, one of the guys made a graphic novel

Friend group of four guys, one getting married and Katrina is on the way

See the destruction that Katrina caused to NO, insane how bad it was

All the guys are down on their luck and in bad place financially

The friend who got married is trying to get published as he's an artist but nobody seems to think he's good enough

Government isn't helping the people struggling in the city after the disaster

James is upset with life, acting isn't the best

All the guys have big dreams

TI is pretty bad and is dialogue is pretty trash

Raccoon attacking the guys nuts was incredibly stupid

He gives them a job and they say this is the only job they are doing to help them financially

They successfully rob a casino but Andre is killed in the process

Fake cops were the ones trying to steal the money from the guys

Jackson Symms is big in town and wants this figured out and calls the head of crime, Lucinda

The guys have wasted most of the money trying to get out of the bad situation they caused

Eliza Gonzalez is trying to play a hard nose cop and it isn't good

Go back to TI and he's mad they didn't come back with the money the papers said they stole that they don't have, TI is bad

They fight off TI and his men and TI kills their dog

Snipes plays James's dad who they go to hide out at

Lucinda is starting to hone in on the case

TI is looking for them too

Guys starting to realize there was some sort of setup

They rob people at a casinos, need to get money to get their freedom back

Cop knows now that James is involved with all of this

Wife goes to see Symms looking for help for her family

Symms struggles with the idea of fighting corruption, doesn't know what to do

Father is disappointed with James, the guys leave

Lucinda warns James he is in serious trouble from a lot of people

No idea who I should be rooting for in the film as I don't like anybody, all bad people

The guys taken to the Saint, they want to go home and he says he can make that happen, Howard is good in the role

Everybody is fighting for power in this film

Hawke and Howard have a nice scene together, best in the film even though very small

Film transitions to sit down conversations, trying to say something important but I'm just super bored by it

Saint kills TI, guys safe to go home now as they set up TI and his guys with the poker chips

They get a second chance

Guys decide to rob a FEMA station now and kill a cop, these guys are unredeemable

Cops surround the building with them in it

Logic of our main characters in this film are infuriating, get a second lease on life and instantly blow it

All of James's friends are now dead

James won't drop bags and is shot because of it

Whole group is dead

After James's death it shows him selling his graphic novel, all apart of his story that he told Cut Throat City

Lucinda is there and is proud of his good choices

James has made it as an artist and storyteller, stupid that that last robbery didn't actually happen

Ends with wife and son meeting grandfather without James, confused by this ending

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