Based upon one of Stephen King's most nail-biting and uncompromising thrillers about a rabid-influenced and very hungry dog that starts attacking a small family who is trapped in a over-heated car. As a small boy I was actually attacked myself by a St. Bernard so I can relate to this story. Dee Wallace do one of her most devastating roles. Better editing and a faster direction would have done wonders too.
As usual, without the vivid interior lives of King's characters, the film feels tepid. It also lacks the sense that the characters are being crushed beneath fate's cruel thumb, which made the novel so disturbing. Still, it's both spectacular and terrifying to watch the massive Saint Bernard wreak such havoc, and Dee Wallace gives one of her best performances. A mostly good, rarely great thriller.
Oddly metaphorical as a domestic drama of marital decay and job unsustainability, like the dog's transformation into a monster symbolizing the couple's anger and fear their life and relationship has stalled, akin to the broken-down car. The dog attacking the wife/child parallels the husband's decision on his wife's infidelity that will- like the animal's wrath-- either keep the family together or drive them apart.
Típico de Stephen King, es narrar historias fantásticas, pero que no dejen de descuidar ese plano real. Es así como en el filme por un lado aparece Cujo, pero por otro esa relación extramarital de una pareja. Lo malo es que esta última parece tomar protagonismo, mientras que el perro rabioso tendrá que "sentarse en la banca" hasta que le den entrada a su secuencia. Ahí recién la película tiene ritmo.