Owed money, cheating spouses, shady criminals...these are the staples of crime thrillers. Cat City, directed by Brent Huff, makes good use of these in this latest attempt. The film follows , a couple who's marriage is seemingly on the rocks. Then comes in Jonas (Massi), a seemingly harmless stranger...but of course things aren't always what they seem.
My main problem with Cat City isn't that the story is nothing new. I rarely even expect much originality as far as plot goes with thrillers these days. However, to make such a story work the movie needs interesting characters and something to captivate the audience. I couldn't really find that in Cat City.
While it wasn't a trainwreck, I found myself often not caring what happened to the characters. Whether they were the "good guys" or the "bad guys," either way I was not attached to any. The standout, however, was the film's biggest star with ironically the smallest amount of screen time; Brian Dennehy. He played a private eye with some connection to the scheme at hand.
While I didn't hate the movie, I can't say I particularily enjoyed it. It wasn't badly put together, and the acting was decent. But again I find the problem, as I do with most of these types of movies, lying in the writing. Nothing jumped out to me. The best part of the story came at the ending, I always love a good twist ending. Sadly, many may tune out before this one even gets there.
On a side note: I'm not sure who OK'ed the DVD cover, but there were no hot fast cars and I'm pretty sure the sexy woman is not one of the actresses.
Source: criticnic.com 18-September-2010
Disclosure: Film sent by MTI Home Video