RZA’s heist drama Cut Throat City starring Ethan Hawke is available on digital download today
RZA spent the ‘90s creating the revolutionary Wu-Tang sound, overseeing the production of a stream of rap classics. Over the past 10-15 years he’s moved into the world of film and Cut Throat City marks his third effort as director, following on from The Man with the Iron Fists and Love Beats Rhymes. He's brought together a decent enough cast in a film that appears to weave some interesting themes into its genre make-up, with reviews generally being positive. It's taken a long time for the film to arrive, with a trailer first arriving in 2018 and only receiving a US release earlier this year.
Cut Throat City tells the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated, no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Reluctantly turning to a local gangster for work, the friends are hired to pull off a daring heist in the heart of the city. But the job goes bad and they find themselves on the run, hunted by two idealistic detectives and a neighbourhood warlord who thinks the friends stole the heist money. With their only way out to buy their way back, the friends decide to get what they need by turning the tables on the casinos that have taken from their city for years… by doing a little taking of their own.
Shameik Moore, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, T.I., Terrence Howard, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham all feature in the cast.