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Five friends - Jack (Zach Galligan), his girlfriend Natalie (Lauri
Brewster), who desperately tries to figure out how to tell him she's
pregnant, Michael (Dominic Burns), who has apparently done something evil
nobody really talks about, Mia (River George), who has a bit of a crush on
Michael, and hypersensitive wannabe writer Andrew (Simon Phillips) -
decide to spend the weekend in a house in the middle of nowhere, just for
fun, but are soon creeped out by the weird goings on in the house, and
eventually have to find out they are under attack by three guys wearing white
facial makeup (Nick Onsloe, Lewis Copson, Adam Dakin), who, it becomes
eventually clear, want to kill them. Enter the pizzaboy (Michael Socha),
who somehow has made it into the house seemingly unaware of the threat of
the makeup guys - but ultimately he turns out to be one of the killers.
It's not long before everybody but Michael and Mia falls prey to the
assassins, who lose two of their own as well - which is when it turns out
that the killers everybody believed to be lunatics are actually an
assassin commando sent by someone Michael has foolishly crossed, and it
seems that nobody but Mia manages to survive the showdown - but stupidly
she doesn't run off to never come back and also gets her throat slit in
the final scene.
Cut is a truly ambitious film: All but
the ironic prologue is filmed in one single take, and yet writer/director
tries (and most of the time succeeds) to create tension and suspense,
manages to keep things moving at a steady pace, provides his actors with
great dialogue, and he even injects the onscreen goings-on with quite a
bit of irony. That the cast is excellent of course doesn't hurt either.
All that said, Cut is at the same time far from perfect, on a
plot level it's pretty much a clichéd genre piece, no matter how much
irony and quirky dialogue try to detract from this fact. Also, relying on just
one take to tell the whole story also derives the film of some cinematic
possibilities, like parallel narrative threads and the like. And finally, the film
leaves just a bit too much open, so much so that at the end you are not
even sure anymore who's dead and who's not.
All that said, the film is
still worth your while as a pretty decent genre movie, and doing the whole
thing in one take sure is a technical achievement by all involved in
itself - but neither of this makes the film a masterpiece, right?