Prime Cut ★★★★

What a difference a change of scenery makes… This ‘70s crime thriller entry sees a Chicago detective (Lee Marvin) travelling to Kansas to put a stop to a corrupt cattle rancher (Gene Hackman). What he finds takes director Ritchie’s recurring critique of middle America into Kafkaesque territory. Prime Cut depicts the heartland as if it were a foreign planet. Behind the bake sales and picturesque landscapes lay corruption and decay. By staging a shootout in a field of sunflowers or showing the creation of the human sausage that instigates the plot, the film deflates American mythos in the manner of any great noir. Consistently inventive, always off-kilter, and dominated by a sublime, darkly funny tone.


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