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CUT THROAT CITY
Rated: R
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Director: RZA
Stars: Shameik Moore, Eiza Gonzalez, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes
Plot: Three friends from New Orleans try to find a way to make money after hurricane Katrina wipes out the 9th Ward  
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 
 
Opening wide in theaters.
 
This is one of those movies that could have been something really special. It has all of the ingredients to be a film that stands the test of time and rise above the others in its genre. Unfortunately, those ingredients weren't mixed together in the best way. 
 
First, it is way too long. It clocks in at over two hours, but there is so much filler and down time that, if edited out, could have made this a much better 90-minute movie. Second, while most of the acting is amazing, there are a couple of characters that are either so over the top, or so one-dimensional that their mere presence detracts from the story. 
 
Perhaps the thing that takes this movie from what it should be to one that is average at best is the directing. There are several scenes that make the story so confusing that even if you are paying very close attention to every detail you will still miss what is happening. I know I am far from the smartest guy in the room, but I do know film, and this one took three of us to talk through it after we saw it in order to figure out what actually happened. 
 
This is not the first time RZA has directed a feature film, so he should know better. Nearly everyone that sees this is going to walk out of the theater confused. So, if you are in that group, don't feel bad. Even the experts couldn't figure this one out. 
 
Aside from these issues the rest of the film is very compelling. I would love to see this story reworked the right way. It would be an incredible film that would probably win a lot of awards. 

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