"Good things come to those who wait." We have all heard that saying before. It’s origins date all the way back to the late 1800's and we have also heard it pretty much on a daily basis since the 1980's when the Heinz ketchup company began using it in its advertising. Why are you talking about this quote, you ask? Well, it is exactly what I thought when watching the film Cut! this past week.
Cut! is directed by David Rountree and written by David Banks and David Rountree. Banks and Rountree star in this film as well. IMDB describes Cut! like this: “Nothing is as it seems as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a horror film by scaring real people; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the way to make a truly terrifying movie.” That pretty much sums it up perfectly.
So I started the movie and was immediately engaged in the story. I loved it. The cast did a great job, even though at times I felt that David Banks’ character Lane was a little too much. If you are not sure what I mean, just watch the film and you will want to slap him within the first 15 minutes. Other than that, the cast was top notch. As the film progressed, I found myself wanting more action. It got very slow in my opinion, but again, just in my opinion. I ended up texting Bruce, my business partner and other writer here at ReelBloody and he told me... "Just wait man, the end is worth it. It is a slow burn." Well, I dug deep and endured the pain.
Now Bruce described it as a slow burn with an amazing ending. He was right! When the film got to the meat and potatoes of the ending, I was blown away. It was a twist that I never saw coming and I am glad I kept on with the film.
Now to my grading:
ACTING - 7 out of 10. Good job and I cannot complain.
STORY - I give it a 6 of 10, but only because of the moments where I needed more action and something to happen, but overall the story was still very good.
ENDING - 8 of 10!! Great twist and well worth the wait!
So there you have it...7/6/8 which would give you a 7 of 10 rating. I cannot quite give it a 7, because it is rare that I rate a film so high, but I will give it a very solid 6.5 out of 10 cleavers!!
Find a way to see the movie, Cut! I promise you will not be let down!