ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Movie Review for: Snow on Tha Bluff

Updated on September 26, 2012

One of the most controversial films released in the 21st century has to be Snow on Tha Bluff. In 2011, the Sundance Film Festival showed the film where it received rave reviews from viewers. This movie was so shocking and compelling that it inspired me to write my first movie review. I consider myself a movie connoisseur, especially when it comes to documentaries. Despite all of the great documentaries I have seen, this one absolutely blew me away. The setting for the movie takes place in a notorious, West Atlanta housing project nicknamed “Tha Bluff.” Like many lower-income communities located in big cities, Tha Bluff is contaminated by drugs, violence, poverty, and hopelessness. This environment is where the main character of the film, Curtis “Curt” Snow, has lived his entire life. The audience is introduced to Curt by three college kids driving through the streets of Atlanta searching for pills and cocaine. One of the college students is filming their adventure when they pull over and wait for someone to walk up and sell them drugs. Who do they meet? Curt is their drug dealer for the day.

As soon as the college students meet Curt, their lives and his will never be the same. During the rest of the film, you don’t see the college students anymore. But you do see Curt with their camera filming his everyday life in Tha Bluff. This is when the action begins, and it doesn’t stop until the end of the movie. Curt eventually turns the camera over to his friend Poncho to film his every move. I first found it difficult to characterize Curt. Is he a drug dealer or an armed robber? Yes! That was the first question I had watching this documentary. One minute Curt is robbing someone for drugs. The next minute he is selling the stolen drugs to someone else. All of his robberies and drug deals are being recorded by Poncho. When Curt gave the camera to Poncho to start filming, he told him “don’t stop that camera for nothing. I don’t care if there’s a robbery, rape, or murder. Keep that camera rolling!” After a while I finally characterized Curt as an opportunist. If he found an opportunity to get money fast, then he had no hesitation in taking that opportunity.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, this film is raw and uncut. There were no actors in it. Everyone in the movie play themselves with no scripts. Since Curt is actually committing crimes on camera, he and his director, Damon Russell, have stated some of the scenes have been “staged.” That was one of the most compelling aspects of watching this movie. You don’t know where real life ends and the acting starts. In my opinion very little, if any, of this film was acting or scripted. Curt is actually robbing, shooting at people, and selling drugs the entire film. When you first see Curt commit his first robbery, it might leave you to believe he is an evil, selfish person who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. After you see the scenes where he interacts with his son and talks about all of the love ones he has lost to drugs and violence, you realize he is simply a product of his environment. How could this be possible in America today? With all the opportunities in this great country, there is no excuse for not making it the honest way. But that’s just it. Are there opportunities for everyone in this country? For Curt and his friends in Tha Bluff, I couldn’t see how they could take another path with all of the destruction and despair around them.

During the movie you do get to see several examples of repercussion from Curt’s actions. The main source for Curt’s misfortunes was the antagonist in the film named “White Hat.” White Hat was one of the first victims of Curt’s robbery spree, except he did not forgive or forget. No one in the movie knew the gentleman’s name. That’s why they kept referring to him as “White Hat.” This guy would not leave Curt alone. He kept coming back and back for revenge. A serious moment of foreshadowing takes place in the film when Curt visits his grandmother. She was a sweet God-fearing lady who told Curt his lifestyle was going to get him killed or in jail. His grandmother wasn’t far from the truth when Curt runs into his antagonist, shortly after his visit with her.

Curt didn’t learn his lesson from his first dispute with White Hat and sets off a turn of events that were very shocking and disturbing to say the least. This movie has so many twists and turns that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. One of the biggest twists in the film is when Curt has a flashback to his past. While he’s sitting at the kitchen table cutting up rock cocaine, he notices his son (who is only 2) is standing by the sink watching everything he does. It was appalling enough that his son is watching him breakdown cocaine boulders, but what was even more disturbing is when Curt remembers his uncle doing the same thing in front of him. While Curt is reminiscing on his childhood experience of watching his uncle cut up dope, the camera focuses in on Baby Curt. I knew the exact thought the cameraman wanted the audience to ask. Is this going to be the same fate of Baby Curt? Will Baby Curt be able to break this cycle of destruction that has plagued his family? I immediately started praying for Baby Curt. The flashback of Curt seemed like foreshadowing for Baby Curt, and that is the last thing I want to see happen to this child.

The conclusion I made after watching this film might shock many. Ironically, I found myself inspired after watching Snow on Tha Bluff. There was only one thought that entered my mind after watching this film. If Curt can be a survivor in an urban battlefield of hell, then I can accomplish anything I set my mind to do. Even though Curt was facing some of the most deplorable conditions imaginable, he was incredibly optimistic. Regardless of how horrific the previous scene was, I would find myself laughing at a joke or funny moment Curt would have. This man was determined to keep a smile on his face some kind of way. Most people in his situation would have given up a long time ago, but Curt manages to fight through the pain and survive another day. His determination to make it by any means necessary is very apparent at the end. He makes one phone call that could change his life forever. This is a film that I would recommend everyone see. It explains in graphic detail what life is like for an average person living in a poverty-stricken community. One of the most concerning thoughts I had about this film was that there are guys like Curt and children like Baby Curt living through this madness on a daily basis. I believe there is something that can be done to uplift communities like Tha Bluff. This film has motivated me to do my part to empower the disenfranchised. I have been inspired to keep writing and being a voice for the voiceless. Curtis Snow and Damon Russell did a great job putting this documentary together. If you want an eyewitness view of the rough and rugged streets of the inner city, then take a look through the camera lens of Curtis Snow.

Edgar Alan Cole, M.B.A.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Edgar Alan Cole profile imageAUTHOR

      Edgar Alan Cole 

      6 years ago

      Der Meister,

      You will definitely not be disappointed. Get ready for a mental roller coaster ride.

    • Der Meister profile image

      Der Meister 

      6 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      I added it to my Netflix queue the other day. Definitely going to watch it soon, now.

    • profile image

      Mike 

      6 years ago

      Awesome article man! I love reading your materials. I must say this has got be one of my favorite articles. I'm now eagered to chekc out this "Snow on the bluff" film :) Thanks man for allyour wonderful insights.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)