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Cut

UK 2010
produced by
Dominic Burns, Jonathan Stow for Hawthorn Productions
directed by Alexander Williams
starring Zach Galligan, Lauri Brewster, Dominic Burns, Simon Phillips, River George, Michael Socha, Danielle Lloyd, Nick Onsloe, Lewis Copson, Adam Dakin, Eden Watson, Jack Lewis, Deborah Burns
written by Alexander Williams, music by Ram Khatabakhsh

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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?

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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