The Valero Verdict: Cut Throat City

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the RZA directed film Cut Throat City.

How does one explain Cut Throat City to the average filmgoer? That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out for the last hour as I write this. The film starts extremely slow in breaking down the world of these four childhood friends who are on the verge of accepting an offer to pull off a dangerous heist. However, this would also be me just explaining the plot-line to the film to you. So, where do I begin?

What did I like about this? Well, once we jump over the un-even start of the movie, we finally get to some of the meat on the bone. We finally come across Ethan Hawke, who feels out of place in this entire film. He plays this interesting character in Jackson Symms. A guy who seems like he wishes he was the big dawg, but never became the big dog. Does that make sense? I don’t know either. I do appreciate how he wore that Fedora throughout the movie.

Transitioning into the best part of this entire film and that was Eiza Gonzalez, who played Officer Lucinda Valencia. MY GOODNESS, WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR WITHIN THE WORLD OF COPS. I am so, so sick and tired of the run of the mill cops in these movies. She felt like she had a purpose in the film. The writing of her character was top-notch, and other cop-like films should pay close attention. But more about Eiza, I felt like she brought light to the film when she was on the screen. We were moving from this troubling area of town, and when Lucinda arrived, we knew she was going to pick up the tone.

Additionally, another thing that made the film work was the cinematography. I loved the colors they picked out for the film. They never seemed too dark, nor too light, it was a perfect medium to match the film’s tone.

However, one aspect that was never worked was T.I. I can confidently say that Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. is quite possibly the worst actor that I have ever seen in a film, like ever. Every single time this man was on my screen, I felt the need to want to turn it off because of how cringy it was.

Another issue I had with the film was the run time. The film clocks in at over two hours long and this type of film should finish around the hour and a half mark. It felt long, and for an action movie, that is not good.

Once we hit the final stretch of the film, the shootout scene was hands down the best part of the film. The close-up camera shots, the sympathetic nature of the sequences, and the uneasy tense build-up made for a great conclusion to the movie.

The Verdict:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The film was far from perfect, and it surely had some flaws, but overall it is a very watchable movie. The story is somewhat easy to follow after that rough around the edges opening thirty minutes. You find yourself invested in what is to come, and that’s what makes the film good.

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