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Dog Eat Dog

  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Paul Schrader
  • 89 mins
  • 18

Summary

A crew of former prisoners are hired by a Cleveland crime syndicate to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster. Thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Here writer/director Paul Schrader reteams with Nicolas Cage following 2014's Dying of the Light. Adapted from ex-con Edward Bunker's 1995 novel, it's an unfocused crime thriller that centres on a trio of small-time criminals led by Cage, who intend to pull off one last job - or die trying. The job here is the kidnapping of a mobster's baby for ransom, but it's no surprise that things soon go violently awry, especially with a drug-fuelled, trigger-happy time bomb like Willem Dafoe's "Mad Dog" in the mix - it makes a change for Cage not to be playing crazy on this occasion. So far, so Reservoir Dogs, but after a stylish, shocking opening, the caper lacks the kind of crisp, punchy dialogue that made Tarantino's early work so electrifying. Schrader shows off his slick film-making skills, but it's such a rambling, meandering experience that the effect is unconvincing.

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Credits

Cast

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TroyNicolas Cage
John McCain, "Mad Dog"Willem Dafoe
DieselChristopher Matthew Cook
El GrecoPaul Schrader
ChepeRey Gallegos
ZoeLouisa Krause
LinaMelissa Bolona
SheilaChelcie Melton

Crew

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DirectorPaul Schrader

Details

Theatrical distributor
Signature Entertainment
Released on
2016-11-18
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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