Dwayne McLaren has been looking for a way out of his small town upbringing of CUT BANK, MT since he graduated high school several years earlier. When he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, he jumps at a chance to pursue a better life in a bigger city with his girlfriend Cassandra. But luck doesn't exist in Cut Bank, and this perceived good fortune is quickly followed by a flood of bad karma. Written by
Cassandra is practicing her routine in the garage, Stan shows up, tells her to continue, then he talks to Dwayne; a couple minutes later, Stan leaves, and Dwayne shuts the garage to leave. Where did Cassandra go? See more »
Mrs. Margaret! Look at that pretty brooch.
Aren't you so kind. You have yourself a lovely day, Mr. Georgie Wits.
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An engaging noir film in the tradition of the Coen brothers
"Cut Bank" is a moody noir mystery/thriller that deserves much better reviews than the middling critiques it has received. It is evocative of Coen brothers films like "Fargo," "Blood Simple" and "The Ladykillers," but manages to be original and unpredictable. Performances by the top-notch cast are low-key, but credible. The atmosphere is suitably dreary, desolate and depressing. Technical aspects are adequate, if not inspired.
The denouement is emotionally satisfying if one puts ones brain on hold and ignores everything one knows about forensic science. The film offers a flimsy rationale based on the small town setting, but it still tests the limits of the audience's willful suspension of disbelief. However, other events are well-grounded. The motives and capabilities of the villain are a bit over the top, but not so much as to distract.
Overall it is an engaging and original noir film with excellent performances by a talented cast.
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