3. June 2010 08:10
Let me begin by saying that I went into the movie "Cut" not knowing anything about it. Ten minutes in and I was ready to turn it off when I realized what it was that made this movie special. The entire film was shot in one long take with no cuts or edits of any kind. That piece of knowledge instantly changed how I felt about the film. I can only imagine the frustration of the cast and crew if somebody missed
a cue or bobbled over their lines, as they had to start filming all over again from the beginning. The camera work was clever and remarkably steady all things considered and the closeups of the clock to show the actual passage of time was a nice addition.
Don't get me wrong, "Cut" is far from perfect. The film revolves around a group of five friends spending the weekend at a mansion in the English countryside, when they are suddenly attacked by a gang of psychotic clowns. Yep, clowns. The same basic plot (just minus the clowns) has been used countless times and is fairly played out at this point. The acting is mediocre at best and at times I would have appreciated subtitles. Lots of yelling and varied accents make them almost impossible to understand at times. My least favorite thing was definitely the score. It gets obnoxiously loud at times and is something akin to a laugh track on a sitcom. I realize they are going for scares but it is way overused and makes it lose impact.
ll things aside, I really did enjoy this movie. I love the concept and I think first time writer/director Alexander Williams did a great job pulling it off. From a technical perspective, it was really well done and I look forward to seeing where this concept goes in the future. Overall, I give it a 5/10, and would recommend "Cut" to the seasoned horrorphile as I think a lot of it's charm and technical merit would be lost on the novice.