Snow On Tha Bluff (2011) Movie Review
Released : April 20th, 2011
Reviewed : Dec. 12th, 2012
Genre : Drama
Story (from IMDB) :
The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.
I really had no clue what this movie was or what it was about at all. I’ll just say that opening scene really was intense for someone who wasn’t expecting it.
The film takes the old and tired found footage genre and completely spins it around. In this you watch the main character Curtis Snow rob the camera during a drug deal then record his life as it goes. That includes drug deals, robberies. shootings, and just daily life. It doesn’t have smooth transitions between scenes and isn’t always the greatest looking movie but that helps add to the fact that it is suppose to be gritty and set in the ghetto. During some of the scenes you just feel like you are watching something real because of how well it’s done. Snow really shows how life in a real ghetto can be and how different it is than the news and most people perceive it to be.
One of the most stand out things though is how well the acting is really. You really feel like you are just watching a video of some gangsters talking and hanging out since the flow of what they are saying and what is going on just works in the scenes. The tense moments are played out well because of how you get to see them be frightened, scared, and overall just worried. Even in scenes leading up to tense moments where they are plotting what to do you really start to see how they are really feeling.
Another thing to point out is the language. Nothing in this movie is dumbed down or simplified for the viewer. The language is fast and sometimes extremely hard to understand. It really helps to add to the realism and helps set the mood. I was amazed at how after a while I started to understand the majority of what was being said.
There are points to the movie that strike a point. It raises the thought of how much crime and violence happen that is never heard from outside of the ghetto. Also it shows just how horrible and unwatched the environment is in general with it being over run by gangs.
It is worth a watch and is highly recommended. Go into it not knowing what to expect and you will be shocked but with a open mind it is worth the view for sure.