Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars
So, here’s the thing with this movie, and please try and bare with me. Curtis Snow, the person whom the film follows is in fact a real person. He resides in a neighbor know as The Bluff which is a real neighborhood. It shows up regularly in ranks of most dangerous neighborhoods in America. Curtis is a drug dealer/robber. Or is it the other way around? Either way. He is living his life, and Damon Russell is just filming it. They really don’t draw a line between fact and fiction.
Snow on Tha Bluff (2011) opens with Curtis robbing a couple of college kids, taking their camera which they had pretty much so the narrative could be set up. From there, Curtis assigns one of his buddies to film him and, yeah, like I said above…
Obviously, all the major crimes in this movie weren’t real, but barring those moments, this movie plays like a biography of Curtis Snow, a man who robs drug dealers, then sells those drugs for himself. Michael Kenneth Williams, Omar from the Wire, is an executive producer on this film because of this. This movie was kinda eye opening.
But really, the thing that held it back was also its strength. There were a lot of times, where I was more wrapped up in figuring out what was real or not than what was happening on screen. I think that was part of the intention of the film, but I’m not sure.
Though it was a dramatization, it’s still a reality to some. It’s a life style, it’s a way to get by. This movie is an invitation to look at some of the problems of not just The Bluff, but neighborhoods like The Bluff. Is there an easy solution to the problem? Fuck no. But it should still be known.