Cut Throat City is a heist movie that tells the tale of a group of friends attempting to survive poverty in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Blink (Shameik Moore), Miracle (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), Andre (Denzel Whitaker), and Junior (Keean Johnson) rob a casino for local druglord Lorenzo Bass (T.I.) and things don’t exactly go swimmingly — because, really, do they ever? In the wake of the action, the crew stays with Blink’s curmudgeonly hermit father Lawrence (Snipes) and the ensuing plot points consist of soliciting assistance from another crimelord, dealings with crooked cops, and help from local officials. Y’know, a heist movie.
Directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and written by newcomer Paul Cuschieri, Cut Throat City boasts a stacked cast of up-and-coming performers (Moore, Shipp, Johnson) and veteran talent (Snipes, T.I., Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Ethan Hawke). Initially planned for a premiere at 2020’s SXSW (via Deadline Hollywood), the film was delayed — like so many — by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the festival was ultimately canceled. Cut Throat City eventually saw limited release, premiering August 21, 2020, and bringing in $243,379 of the film’s total $855,894 gross during its opening weekend (courtesy Box Office Mojo). While those numbers aren’t exactly burying the needle, plenty of people are excited about the film.