MOVIE REVIEW: SNOW ON THA BLUFF (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Cast: Curtis Snow
Director: Damon Russell

Snow on the Bluff poster

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, head over to Netflix right now and watch it! There’s a debate about the truthfulness of the events in the movie, and some people consider it a mockumentary of thug life. I’m not sure one way or the other, but I do know that I enjoyed the movie and I highly recommend it.

The entire movie takes place in The Bluff, which is a high crime neighborhood located in Atlanta. Three perky college students drive through the area looking to buy drugs, and they eventually meet up with a drug dealer who needs a ride to his house so he can provide the drugs. Once he’s in the car, he robs the students and takes the camera that the passenger was using. The drug dealer, named Curtis Snow, hands the camera to one of his friends and begins to capture the every day life of surviving in the hood.

Screenshot from Snow on tha Bluff

This movie shows fights, shootings, drug deals, turf wars, absent fathers, struggling mothers, and the general acceptance of The Bluff residents with their hard life. Violence is a normal occurrence and fear is a constant emotion, but no one seems to think that there’s a better life that they should be living. Curtis recounts a memory from his childhood when he realized that yes, drugs can be bad but drugs can also support your family.

We see Curtis run his drug operations with the same tenacity and foresight as the CEOs of top Fortune 500 companies. The main difference is, the CEOs don’t worry about bullets whizzing past their heads and they don’t live with the understanding that death will come sooner than later.

Although this movie is quite depressing and just flat-out sad at certain moments, I did enjoy watching it. I truly feel this movie is something that I will always remember for it’s high energy and brutal honesty. If you set aside an hour or so to watch this movie please come back and let me know what you think about it!

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