Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Movie review: Dog Eat Dog

Fresh out of prison, delusional Troy puts his insane crew back together for one last job: kidnap and ransom the baby of a mobster's enemy.

Nicolas Cage (Troy), Willem Dafoe (Mad Dog), Christopher Cook (Diesel), Omar Dorsey (Moon Man), Louisa Krause (Zoe), Melissa Bolona (Lina), Reynaldo Gallegos (Chepe), Jeff Hilliard (Gun Nut).

Dog Eat Dog doesn't so much launch as it does spew. I tried a couple of times to watch this mess and had such difficulty finding anything resembling a plot or coherency I'm not even sure the film can be reviewed. The plot, such as it is, is thin and used simply to facilitate the next scene providing fodder for the characters psychotic actions. The film finally finishes with a strange, ethereal ending that makes even less sense than the rest of the film.

Acting was absurd. Why Cage and Dafoe ever agreed to make this is beyond me. Cage tried to deliver and to be fair, it could have been a role that fit him perfectly. Unfortunately his character was paired with Dafoe, who was also in an insane role his skills couldn't save. While they both tried to do a good job, the roles and direction set them up for failure. The remainder of the cast was equally as painful to watch.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds felt dirty, dingy, and low budget to be kind. Action scenes were something of a disjointed mess, as was dialogue. Sound and soundtrack were quite possibly the best parts of this film.

Overall Dog Eat Dog is simply a mess. While those who enjoy quirky, indie type films or have intimate knowledge of the prison system and criminal underground may find some pleasure with this one, most will like see it as disjointed, psychotic, and lacking entertainment value.

With violence, blood, gore, sexuality, foul language, and more, save this one for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 2.8.17
Star rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Crime Drama, Drama based on Books

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