There are tons of movies being made daily that are perfect for any genre lover. The downside to the infinite amount of choices is that some of these films are not the same as the others. It’s hard to make a fresh film that is secured in a genre foundation, but when you do come across one, it’s a pleasant surprise.
Cut to the Chase is the latest project written and directed by Blayne Weaver. The film centers on Max, an ex-con (also played by Weaver) who traverses through the underworld of Shreveport to rescue his missing sister Isobel (Erin Cahill). Max thinks Isobel might have become a consequence of his lack of payment to The Man (Lance Henriksen), but things aren’t always what it seems.
From the very beginning you are introduced to the type of man Max is, but you are also introduced to the sweet relationship with his sister. Setting up the duality of Max helps throughout the film to feel annoyed at his repeated bouts with trouble yet still allows you to root for him as his sets off on the quest to get his sister back. The only downside in this initial establishment of characters is that the film is a little slow at the beginning. That quickly goes away as the story gets going. All the hesitation disappears and intrigue sets in.
One element that is used to help facilitate the life long friendship between these siblings is flashback. Sometimes this device can be run into the ground from the amount of time it’s used in a film. Thankfully, that was not the case with this film. The flashbacks were important to the story and character, as they should be when used, and added an element that would not have been able to be achieved elsewhere. This was the starting point of realizing the time and energy that was put into the film.
This was an indie film by all accounts, but it did not feel that way. The attention to detail, from the locations to the stunt choreography, was impressive and made the film superior. It was evident that Weaver wanted to dive into an interesting story, not just an interesting concept. It’s also worth pointing out that Weaver has ties to Shreveport, and used that city well. It wasn’t a love letter in the most common use of the term, but it was a tip of the hat to a sometimes overlooked amazing city in the South. He also cast actors who he had worked with before, either in other films or in past theater work, and allowed them to explore and expand their craft. This was a perfect example of creators of all kinds coming together to make a worthy project.
As with any thriller, Cut to the Chase keeps the audience at the edge of their seat wondering what is going to happen. The twists and turns the story takes are well defined and fit within the world Weaver created. I won’t give anything away, but it doesn’t end up where you think it will be. Even with things laid out for you, you soon realize that every line has been blurred at some point.
Cut to the Chase has a shaky beginning, but ends on a secured foundation. The story keeps you intrigued, allowing you to take the journey with Max wherever it leads. The chemistry between the cast is entertaining to watch as the tension ebbs and flows throughout the story. The only way it is kept together is by the strong talent within this production.
Cut to the Chase was available in limited release on February 28 and will be nationwide on VOD?Digital on March 7th.
Written by Lisa Mejia
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