Cut Bank (2014)

Thriller
Teresa Palmer, Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton
A young man's life is unraveled after witnessing a murder that he filmed in his rural town of Cut Bank.
Cut Bank contains typically outstanding work from its solid veteran cast, but it's lost in a dull morass of predictably derivative crime thriller clichés.
  • 03 Apr 2015 Released:
  • 26 May 2015 DVD Release:
  • N/A Box office:

Trailer:

"Nothing is immediate in this life.." (dialog)7/10
... "except maybe self stimulation .. and even that takes patience"

It is common knowledge that the Coen Bros don't do sequels so in a way it is the highest form of flattery that someone felt compelled to do possibly the closest thing to a sequel ... more of an homage really .. to Fargo.

Those are big shoes to fill both in front of and behind the camera.

Cut Bank Montana is as good a place as any to make the try.

The direction is pretty solid, one of the best things about the film.

Fargo had a bunch of local eccentrics but was showcased by one standout performance.

Cut Bank does not have one standout performance but that is not necessarily a bad thing. In Cut Bank Montana everyone is on the same level of nuts, and that fact works to keep the film chugging along.

My personal favorite was the local hermit who, upset that his mail is missing (that's another story arc that ties in later) walks around acting like Rain Main but at the same time going all MMA on anyone who gets into his way. Memorable. And pretty unique.

Plots form. People plan, people die, people eat peach cobbler and say clever things .... and pretty soon the film is over.

The ending is a highpoint. Clever. And sticks with you, like a Life Lesson you never asked for. Very fitting, if you live in Cut Bank. And want more than anything to leave.

And Bruce Dern (late 70s) might now rank right up there with the Anthony Quinn (mid 80s) as one of the longest-working actors in film history. Props, Bruce.

Would recommend.
not the cookie cutter spy thriller10/10
I don't know why there wasn't more talk about this movie, because I thought it was wonderful. There are no car chases or government spies jumping between rooftops, but simply a story driven movie. You can empathize with a couple of characters the acting is that good.

However the movie is odd enough that the characters are best described as cartoonish in their single mindedness. Halfway through, you will know who is who and their roles play out as you'd expect. Still the acting shines through and it's nice to finally connect with the characters.

No, perhaps this is not a blockbuster that people expectantly await for months ahead of time, but it's solid story-telling.
Fun movie. Worth the watch7/10
This was a fun movie. I like everyone in it, which is why I watched it. Teresa Palmer was the big draw for me, but she wasn't in it a lot, more as movie dressing than anything else. Too bad, because she's a very good actress. Still, I'll watch anything with her. Liam Hemsworth usually puts out good movies, and with the supporting cast of Billy Bob Thornton and John Malcovich, the cast sold the movie.

The storyline was interesting, however, I caught the mid-movie twist rather early on. Still, that's fine. One thing about the movie I didn't like was the title. I almost passed on it because the title sounded like some very low-budget indie. They really should change it at least to Cut Bank Murders.

I recommend. I gave this a 7-star rating. The cast itself is worth it, and as I said earlier, the storyline was fun. The killer was...psychotic. lol. "I just want my p-p-parcel."
A good thriller let down only by Hemsworth6/10
When you manage to cast three brilliant actors in your film like John Malkovich, Bruce Dern and Billy Bob Thornton, then you are entitled to feel pretty let down when the young buck you hire in the lead role completely ruins the whole thing. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Liam Hemsworth has no acting chops whatsoever. In fact he's an absolute drain on a film. It's a shame too because this was an otherwise fun film with some real quirk to it and a few elements that even the Coen brothers would even be proud of.

Director Matt Shaman quite effectively achieves the isolated, small town, far from the big city feel that makes a film like this work so well. This is Shakman's first film he's directed and he's done a good job. The characters are also well written and the overall script is pretty solid and a lot of fun. The only thing really holding this back is Hemsworth as far I am concerned. There are so many fine actors around his age who would have been perfect for the role too. Put him in a film opposite Miley Cyrus and he'll come across as great by comparison (maybe even Oscar worthy), but put him in a scene with one of the three big actors previously mentioned in this film and he noticeably pales in comparison. The fact that it's still quite watchable despite this is a good thing.
Poor Liam Hemsworth thinks he can act.7/10
Anytime there's a crime comedy set in a small town, the comparison to Coen Bros' classic film, "Fargo" always comes to mind. And in some ways, CUT BANK does pay homage to the Coens and their "Fargo," after all, this too is about a crime that is not well thought out, or the perpetrators didn't plan things through so much so that unexpected situations happen along the way resulting in people getting unintentionally killed. CUT BANK is not perfect, but it's amusing.

Starring two Australian actors as the sweetheart couple, Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) and Cassandra (Teresa Palmer), residents of Cut Bank, Montana, and just like any young couples out there, they are sick and tired of being stuck in that small town, Dwayne specifically dreams of a big city, while Cassandra is occupied with dreams of her own, becoming the town's beauty queen. They have ambition. One day, Dwayne is videotaping his girlfriend and on the background, there's some commotion, he zooms in and witnesses a murder taking place. Dwayne comes forward with this information in hopes of reaping some kind of reward for it, a fortune that he hopes would be a way out for him and his girlfriend, but there's more to the story than meets the eye, the sheriff suspects foul play and turns out, fortune doesn't fall on your lap that easily in small towns like Cut Bank.

When you have great supporting cast like Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Oliver Platt, Bruce Dern, and John Malkovich, you're in for great performances, they will crack you up. CUT BANK is a case of being in way over your head and come to think of it, the plan probably would work smoothly if it weren't for a certain psycho roaming around town looking for his missing item. It's funny, it's disturbing, it's quirky, it's eccentric, but it's also twisted and in a small town such as this where everybody knows everybody, it's only a matter of time before something 'fishy' gets discovered, in this case, all you gotta do is follow the trail of blood and you'd eventually put the two and two together. So overall, it's a very fun film. Unfortunately, the weakest link is Liam Hemsworth. Whoever thought that this guy could act, was sorely mistaken. Liam's role could've been played by someone who could've shown more stress as the story progresses and as things start to falter and break away from his plans, but none of that expression is clear from Liam, you couldn't get that from his performance and that's just a damn shame. A great role wasted on Liam who offers nothing more than just his good looks.

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