Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

Paul Schrader (2015)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Paul Schrader reteams with Nicolas Cage following 2014's Dying of the Light, a film recut by the studio, though the title could sadly be applied to the trajectory of their careers. Adapted from ex-con Edward Bunker's 1995 novel, this unfocused charade centres on a trio of small-time criminals led by Cage, who intend to pull off one last (well-paid) 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 - Cage passed on playing crazy on this occasion. So far, so Reservoir Dogs, but despite a stylish if jaw-droppingly shocking opening, the caper lacks the kind of crisp, punchy dialogue that made Tarantino's early work so electrifying. Schrader shows off his film-making skills (slick editing, disparate digital film stocks and colour filters) but it's such a rambling, meandering experience that the effect is unconvincing.


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Cast & Crew

Troy Nicolas Cage
John McCain, "Mad Dog" Willem Dafoe
Diesel Christopher Matthew Cook
El Greco Paul Schrader
Chepe Rey Gallegos
Zoe Louisa Krause
Lina Melissa Bolona
Sheila Chelcie Melton
Director Paul Schrader
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Nov 2016