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Cut to the Chase

Cut to the Chase

Out of time. Out of money. Nothing left to lose.Feb. 28, 2017 USA90 Min.
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8.3 1,597 votes

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Cast

Blayne Weaver isMax Chase
Max Chase
Lyndie Greenwood isNola Barnes
Nola Barnes
Erin Cahill isIsobel Chase
Isobel Chase
Patrick Kirton isPaul Melancon
Paul Melancon

Synopsis

An ex-con sets out in search of his kidnapped sister through the criminal underbelly of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Original titleCut to the Chase
IMDb Rating4.9 203 votes
TMDb Rating5.7 3 votes

(8) comments

  • Jess SlaterAugust 4, 2016Reply

    Exciting and intense!

    From the opening scene with Blayne Weaver (Actor/Director/Star) and
    Lance Henriksen, I was hooked. Both of them acted so well opposite one
    another and the dialogue was crisp and lighting was beautiful. The
    camera-work throughout was top notch for an indie film and looked
    lovely. The editing serviced the fight scenes and action well. Often
    times indie films do not quite get the camera angles or speed right
    with action scenes and it looks a little off. Weaver and his team did a
    great job with this aspect and the pacing of the entire film was very
    tight. Even the locations were very ripe with their own character. This
    is not normally a genre of film I am into as much but this one kept me
    intrigued throughout.

    The story is pretty straightforward. Down on his luck Max Chase is out
    of jail and pulled right into a situation in which his sister is
    kidnapped and he has to go find her. This will not be an easy thing to
    do and somehow I do not think his parole officer would forgive the
    things he goes through in his attempts. Whether it was worth it and
    pays off, you will have to see.

    I was not totally into a later twist but the film worked well enough
    that it did not overly bother me. All of the other actors did a great
    job and the two main females in the film (Cahill and Green) kicked ass!
    Green is currently tearing up the screen in Sleepy Hollow as well. I
    can picture any of these actors holding their own in bigger films and
    this film should help continue to propel them forward.

    The great thing about this indie film is that it feels like it had a
    much higher budget than it did. Weaver talked about the film afterwards
    and with private investors and Kickstarter money, they were able to
    fund it and it looks 10x better than you would expect with the money
    they had. I love seeing indie films that just land with you and this is
    certainly one of them. It also makes me want to seek out other films by
    the director which is always a good sign. Keep an eye out for this one,
    I do imagine it will be widely available in the near future.

  • David WilliamsAugust 5, 2016Reply

    Great Movie!

    Cut to the Chase is a great crime drama. The first thing I told told my
    wife as we left the premier was that it reminded me of a great Elmore
    Leonard story. It wasn’t trying to be Leonard. There was no copying.
    Instead it was the same feel. The dialogue, the characters were very
    much like Leonard. My wife also called it a love letter to Shreveport,
    the city where it was filmed. I agree. So thanks Blayne Weaver for
    making a movie that is truly enjoyable.

    The story itself is straight forward. Max Chase, long term loser
    (played by writer/director Blayne Weaver) is in trouble with a crime
    boss. The setting is Shreveport, Louisiana. The man’s sister is a local
    Assistant DA and has vouched for him to keep him out of prison. He
    needs his sister to help him pay a gambling debt. Only she has
    disappeared. Now Max has to find his sister and help her, or avenge
    her. The story has all of the great crime thriller tropes. We have the
    loser, the hard working sister, the deadbeat father, the organized
    crime boss, the southern DA, the thugs, and the bartenders. It is a fun
    film and I look forward to many more great movies from Blayne Weaver.

  • David WilliamsAugust 5, 2016Reply

    Great Movie!

    Cut to the Chase is a great crime drama. The first thing I told told my
    wife as we left the premier was that it reminded me of a great Elmore
    Leonard story. It wasn’t trying to be Leonard. There was no copying.
    Instead it was the same feel. The dialogue, the characters were very
    much like Leonard. My wife also called it a love letter to Shreveport,
    the city where it was filmed. I agree. So thanks Blayne Weaver for
    making a movie that is truly enjoyable.

    The story itself is straight forward. Max Chase, long term loser
    (played by writer/director Blayne Weaver) is in trouble with a crime
    boss. The setting is Shreveport, Louisiana. The man’s sister is a local
    Assistant DA and has vouched for him to keep him out of prison. He
    needs his sister to help him pay a gambling debt. Only she has
    disappeared. Now Max has to find his sister and help her, or avenge
    her. The story has all of the great crime thriller tropes. We have the
    loser, the hard working sister, the deadbeat father, the organized
    crime boss, the southern DA, the thugs, and the bartenders. It is a fun
    film and I look forward to many more great movies from Blayne Weaver.

  • redriver-16416August 9, 2016Reply

    Fun for locals – but just Redbox okay

    Hmmm, although I went to the same premier as the previous reviews, I
    must have seen a different movie. Don’t get me wrong, this is an okay
    movie for maybe a Redbox rental, but it’s pretty pedestrian and
    predictable in the storytelling. That does not take the away from the
    fact that the majority of the actors did a very commendable job with an
    average script, despite moments of overacting and unbelieveability from
    the lead character. However, it’s obvious that the first-time producers
    did not demand too much of themselves or of the writers. This is
    evident in that the main selling point of the film is not the story but
    ‘hey, we shot it local with local people and local locations”. I will
    say that the mix of local actors and LA actors was nice, IF YOUR
    LOCAL!!! and like to see people from your church on the big screen with
    professional actors – and the performances of Lyndie Greenwood and
    Lance Henricksen stand out. So because of them I give it a solid 2. And
    the fact that Weaver tells the story using his hometown, with hometown
    actors is very commendable, but the performances don’t elevate the
    story. This is just an okay plot, shot in an average way with nothing
    that leaves you wanting to see it again. (Ok, maybe Lyndie makes me
    want to see it again) Sorry to rain on the local,self-congratulatory
    moment, but take away the local angle, and it’s very average – I would
    recommend seeing it if it comes to Redbox for $1.99 and Nazi Zombies
    was the only other movie available at the box, and you want to see your
    friends and local settings, but don’t expect anything new. It feels
    like it was made so the people in the movie and on the crew could be
    ‘real’ movie makers and gather for a Q&A after the screening to take
    questions from their family members. They seemed to forget that
    actually telling a solid story still matters.

  • brennagayleJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    This one will keep you guessing to the very end!

    This is truly an exciting, action packed noir thriller. The writing is
    engaging and the actors have the chemistry to pull off the surprising
    twists and turns of the story. Blayne Weaver writes, directs, and stars
    in this exciting addition to your action films portfolio. His ability
    to choose the right cast once again comes through with an amazing,
    believable adventure. Lance Henriksen is a perfect bad guy as he gives
    life to the villain of the underworld, The Man. Cut to the Chase is the
    first action thriller that Weaver has brought to the screen, following
    Six Month Rule, Weather Girl, Outside Sales, and Manic. You won’t be
    disappointed!

  • Brian WilcoxJanuary 26, 2017Reply

    Killer Movie!

    This is a movie that will make you want to go for a nice jog the next
    day due to all the popcorn you will be stuffing in your face while
    watching. All the cast Was great and the Crime/Drama movie remind me of
    how actions movies used to be in the 90s which make this awesome. Props
    to Blayne Weaver for this one! I don’t know how he chooses the cast he
    does in this but it works well. Lance Henriksen is such a wonderful
    choice in this as a top bad ass. Blayne Weaver was great as max because
    he is a character you want to hate but cant. You want him to fail but
    also succeed for certain reasons. You will Not feel bad for him in some
    instances and other you will. Anyways I don’t need to give out more
    detail. This is just definitely worth a watch.

  • DuffyShortMarch 4, 2017Reply

    Very well acted on a shoe string budget

    This movie is an edge of the seat type experience. It is formulaic, but
    the formula has worked forever, and the screenwriter throws enough
    curve balls, to make it original. Nobody in this film is perfect, as it
    is in life. I saw a Question and Answer session with 9 of the crew
    members and they are all dedicated to the craft in a way that leads me
    to believe that this writer/ director Blayne Weaver is going somewhere
    good. The cinematography and film editing were exceptional. Tim Smith,
    stuntman and actor also has a futureÂ…..He was wonderfulÂ….

  • vucaiiMay 15, 2017Reply

    Good to entertainment, not an art of the cinema

    People who marked 8-10 are the actors family or similar. They try to
    show it as the best of the all times movie. It is an extreme
    exaggeration

    Who marked 2 was an enemy. He think there not could be something worst,
    that it is not an objective appreciation

    It is a intrigue movie, not such deep, not vulgar, an average plus. To
    watch as an relatively easy movie

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