Cut Throat City (2020)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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Set after Hurricane Katrina, four boyhood friends out of options reluctantly accept an offer to pull off a dangerous heist in the heart of New Orleans.


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3 September 2020 | trinaboice
| So much rough language limits the audience who will enjoy this powerful film
IN A NUTSHELL: Set in New Orleans during the infamous Hurricane Katrina, this film features four friends from the poor 9th Ward who are desperate enough to get involved with a local gang and dangerous heist. Gee, what could go wrong? Directed by the de facto Wu Tang Clan leader RZA, the movie is raw, dark, and tells a compelling crime story with drama and action. This is NOT a movie that will appeal to a lot of people, simply because of the immense profanity and rough environment.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: This is NOT a movie for kids. Terrible profanity, including zillions of F-bombs and the "N" word Some skin during a honeymoon scene The movie starts with graphic-novel images of violence with blood splatters You see the rear end of a man when he pulls his pants down Crime Violence with guns and hand-to-hand combat, murder Several scenes in a strip club with views of scantily-clad strippers and topless women Drugs, alcohol A woman flips the bird.

THEMES: Racism Blame vs. responsibility Don't wait for the government to save you. Save yourself. Be careful who you spend your time with because you become like them. People do desperate things in desperate times. Corruption (society, corporations, and individuals) Rationalizing crime Choices and their consequences Greed Second chances Home

THINGS I LIKED: The talented cast includes Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, and Eiza Gonzalez. But wait! There's more! There are some impressive cameo performances by Ethan Hawke, Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Isaiah Washington, Kat Graham, Lil Chuuch, Joel David Moore, and Rob Morgan. I liked the use of the graphic novel to illustrate the world that the protagonist lives in.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: I felt like I just walked through the swampy gutters of New Orleans after watching this foul-mouthed film. It was exhausting but powerful. Some bad editing. Some of the accents were bad and inconsistent. There is an interesting juxtaposition of religion and crime. For example, several men pray before they commit crimes and murder. The protagonist had a college education and artistic talent, yet he chose to commit crimes, claiming he wasn't given equal opportunities. You can watch the rest of my review on my Movie Review Mom YouTube channel and website!

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Release Date:

21 August 2020



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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$243,379 23 August 2020

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