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Cut Throat City

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hurricane Katrina themes give mature heist movie a boost.

Movie R 2020 123 minutes
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Director RZA's epic crime drama is ungainly, overly long, and overly familiar, but its particular time and setting give it an ambitious scope and a righteous passion that energize it. Cut Throat City begins with the four friends, each of whom is defined by a single characteristic. (For example, Miracle is such a bad drug dealer that his friends tease him because he's always broke.) It's not a promising start, and then there's the casino heist, which is rather chaotic and not very suspenseful. It's all a little too straightforward.

The veteran supporting cast helps. Snipes is great as Blink's father, and there's also Harris (albeit with distracting makeup), plus Isaiah Washington, Terrence Howard, and Eiza Gonzalez. Ethan Hawke has a few scene-stealing moments as a corrupt city council member that are flat-out funny. And then the Hurricane Katrina themes come in. Black people are denied FEMA aid. There's a conspiracy theory about how and why one levee broke toward the Black side of town, rather than the White side. An arresting sense of dark fate, of discrimination, creeps into the regular plot proceedings of Cut Throat City; life just isn't fair for these characters, no matter what they do.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 21, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: October 20, 2020
  • Cast: Shameik Moore , Demetrius Shipp Jr. , Tip T.I. Harris
  • Director: RZA
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 123 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, pervasive language, drug content, some sexual material and nudity
  • Last updated: January 22, 2023

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