Starring: David Banks, David Rountree
Written by: David Rountree, David Banks
Directed by: David Rountree
When an ex-con and an aspiring filmmaker decide to make a film by scaring real people, things quickly spiral out of control into the depraved depths of prostitution, murder, and double-crosses.
Cut! is an independent suspense/horror thriller this is surprisingly decent despite the budgetary constraints of the film. While director David Rountree makes a couple of rookie mistakes, he has actually crafted a film that will have you questioning what you are watching until the final frame, and then it really throws you for a loop. While I didn’t expect much from this film, I found I enjoyed it quite a bit and am looking forward to this teams next release with a bigger budget.
The less known about the plot of the film, the better. I knew nothing about it coming in, other than the title. When you come in, though, do not expect a simple slasher film. This is much, much more than that. In fact, I am a bit hesitant even calling this a horror film. It is more of a suspense thriller that borrows from Hitchcock and the early, decent works of M. Night Shyamalan.
Despite the fact that I enjoyed the film, I did have a couple issues with it. First things first, the film started almost as more of an art film. In the beginning, I was a little confused about what I was seeing. I’m also a little confused by the ‘Inspired by True Events’ that popped up in the beginning of the film. Did something like this actually go down at some point? If so, I missed the news article. Which is entirely possible, considering I don’t live in or near L.A. The film also spent much more time attempting to build the characters and I felt it didn’t succeed fully.
I’m still trying to figure out why Travis put up with Lane’s ex-con bullshit at work. I mean, come on. Lane, despite being an ex-con, was a complete douche. I understand it was to convey the fact that Lane hates women, but it was a little over the top. No boss that I have ever met would put up with someone talking to customers like that. Trust me, I realize that Lane and Travis are ‘friends’ and that it certainly tied into the ending, but it went a little far. A little more subtlety in the dialogue and performance would have went a lot farther.
Despite those couple of small gripes, I found that I was intrigued from beginning to end. If you are interested in checking out a decent independent suspense thriller, be sure to check out Cut! You won’t be sorry, especially if you appreciate independent cinema. This is a keeper and I look forward to David Rountree’s next efforts in the horror genre!
**1/2 out of ****
Cut! is currently showing at Arena Cinema Hollywood 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028 from February 13 til February 19, 2015. It will be released on DVD and VOD on February 24, 2015. Visit www.arenascreen.com for tickets and showtimes.
NOTE: This is a review of a Blu-Ray screener. The film was supplied for a review. I pride myself on my integrity and ethics. I will NOT review something better than I think it is simply because of swag or screeners. This review represents my honest opinion of the film.