Cut Throat City is a 2020 crime film directed by RZA (Wu-Tang Clan, Love Beats Rhymes, Iron Fist, & The Man with the Iron Fists). It was written by P.G. Cuschieri (The Undercovers & The Father). It was produced by Michael Mendelsohn (Phoenix, Lord of War, One Tough Cop, I am Wrath, American Nightmares, & Running with the Devil) & William Clevinger (Automaton Transfusion, The Devil’s Carnival, Rehearsal, Submerged, & The Con is On). Rumble Riot Pictures, Patriot Pictures & XYZ Films all collaborated on this production. The budget was $8.9 million & it made $240,000 from 407 theaters in its opening weekend.
Four boyhood friends which includes Andre (played by: Denzel Whitaker from The Purge, Training Day, Black Panther, & My Soul to Take), Miracle (played by: Demetrius Shipp Jr. from All Eyez on Me, The Bobby Brown Story, All American, & Same Difference), Junior (played by: Keean Johnson from Midway, Alita: Battle Angel, We Summon the Darkness, & Euphoria), & Blink (played by: Shameik Moore from Dope, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, & The Get Down) in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated with no jobs. Plus they get no help from FEMA. Out of options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster ‘Cousin’ Bass (played by: T.I. from Ant-Man 1/2, Dolemite Is My Name, American Gangster, & ATL), who offers them one shot at turning their situations around by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. They interact with Jackson Symms (played by: Ethan Hawke from Training Day, The Kid, The Purge, & Daybreakers), Lawrence (played by: Wesley Snipes from the Blade franchise, New Jack City, U.S. Marshals, & King of New York), The Saint (played by: Terrence Howard from Hustle & Flow, Iron Man, Empire, & Crash), Sinclair Stewart (played by: Isaiah Washington from Clockers, Dead Presidents, Out of Sight, & Ghost Ship), Peter Felton (played by: Joel David Moore from Hatchet, The Guest, Dodgeball, & Avatar) & Lucinda Valencia (played by: Eiza González from Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Bloodshot, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, & Baby Driver). When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives & a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money!!!!
Cut Throat City has a top notch cast especially when it came to the cameos here. RZA has a great visual style as a director & he keeps getting better with each project. The biggest problem with Cut Throat City is that all the script & story for it all over the place for the most part. It doesn’t really want to stick to one thing which can throw some people off to it. It deals with several different characters & subplots before it reaches the finale in this. I will say that acting was really good here, most of the main cast have done some minor things or just a few big projects but they shined with this material. T.I. was a little silly at times & he went full on over the top mode with this role but he was fun to watch in this. He played a very charismatic & entertaining villain. I really enjoyed the Wizard of OZ scene with him. Eiza González always provides high quality eye candy, she looked amazing here. Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Isaiah Washington, & Terrence Howard were top notch in their smaller roles. It’s a nice little crime flick with some wild people involved but don’t get too caught up with the story because it’s a mess. It’s one of those films, you should turn off your brain & just enjoy the experience.
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation & special features from Well Go USA!!!! This 1080p (2.40:1) transfer looks stunning on blu ray. It really captures New Orleans & it’s surrounding areas. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & English: Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks sound great here! As expected, music is very important to this feature & soundtrack pounds in your home set up for this release. All of the dialogue is very clean & the action is elevated in this. It has English SDH subtitles. “Behind the Scenes” is almost 9 minutes. It has interviews with some of the main cast plus a few of the bigger names in this & various members of the production. It has some behind the scenes footage all through this. They chat about the film, their experience on it, the characters, & the story for it. They mention it’s more than your typical crime feature. They talk about working with The Rza as a director for Cut Throat City. They go over some of the bigger names that showed up in this. It has a little over 10 minutes of 6 different “Deleted Scenes”. I can see why these were trimmed & removed from the final cut. They are cool extras to have but most of this material is filler rather than anything real important. It has a “Teaser” & a “Trailer” for Cut Throat City. It also has a slipcover & a DVD copy of the release. I am doing a FREE giveaway/contest for this right now on my Facebook & Instagram pages so make sure you enter for a chance at a free copy of this. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!