TIFF 2016 Movie Review: DOG EAT DOG (USA 2016) Starring: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

dog_eat_dog_poster.jpgDOG EAT DOG (USA 2016) **
Directed by Paul Schrader

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Louisa Krause

Review by Gilbert Seah

Paul Schrader, best known as the writer of TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL and director of AFFLICTION, directs this crime black comic cape (based on a 1995 novel by writer and ex-convict Edward Bunker) about three ex-convicts out to make good with one last score.

Trouble is that the three, led by Troy (Nicolas Cage) with Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) are all violently crazy and cannot b trusted to do anything right. Worst still luck never seems to be on their side and trouble seems to follow them wherever they go.

Schrader has a cameo as the mafioso “The Greek” who has just the job of kidnapping a mobster’s baby. But the film is not as good as it sounds. The trio’s antics get boring after a while. The fact that the audience has no sympathy for any one of the three does not help either.

The last segment of the film makes little sense in continuity. Over violent, a staple in Schrader’s films, does not always work in black comedies.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt0FkSTyffs

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