A contemporary crime thriller about a trio of ex-cons, deep in the underbelly of Los Angeles, who are hired for a kidnapping. When the botched abduction goes awry and gets completely out of control, the cons find themselves on the run, vowing to stay out of prison at all costs.
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Destination: failure. Like Mann's, Lang's and Melville's characters all of these characters were marked by destiny, by fate. For death. To suffer and then die alone. This puts to shame anything that Gray, Tarantino, Refn, Solondz or Dumont, have put out lately. So raging, so violent, so brutal, so uncompromising. I wonder if Taxi Driver shouldn't have a co-directing credit,'cos these shots, this tension: Schraderism▽
Digital. 0. What the hell is this ? Schrader was never the author he wanted so much to be - and curiously is in some of his scripts that his character is more plausible - but this sub-sub-minor Tarantinesc crap is unbelievable.
Just terrible. Schrader has written and directed some incredible films over the years and as a scholar of film has cemented his legacy in film history. Why he chooses to piss on that legacy here is beyond me. Without a point or purpose this film just dies on screen becoming such a chore to get through despite its manic performances and spurts of ultra violence. One almost pines for 'The Canyons'.
Nicolas Cage tries hard to do an Humphrey Bogart's impersonation. Paul Schrader tries hard to do a Tarantino/Ritchie's impersonation. Dog Eat Dog tries hard to impersonate a movie. I thought The Canyons was terrible, but this is a simulacrum of a film.
Paul Schrader, working on a screenplay not by himself, has succeeded in making a 90s straight-to-video movie for the streaming era. This one really isn't trying very hard to make a case for its reason to exist. There must merely have been some vague idea at the outset about letting Cage and Dafoe let loose in as tasteless a context as possible, all in the name of good fun. Well, it is barely fun and seriously limp.
CANNES 2016: Quinzaine. 20th film viewed. Excellent cinema transposition of Edward Bunker's violent novels, iconic figure of American prisons. Nick Cage & Willem Mad Dog DAFOE run completely wild ===== Excellente transposition au cinéma de la violence des romans de Edward BUNKER, figure emblématique des prisons. américaines. Nicolas CAGE & Willem DAFOE complètement déjantés en roue libre.
This is one batshit crazy film with a lot of style and some intense performances from its stars. With a high amount of sleaze and a little bit of social commentary on the state of things, this is a solid and engaging picture, even if the subjects are absolutely detestable.
Although it is full of great dialogue and interesting acting choices the film's wonky narrative will be frustrating for many viewers but I can TOTALLY seeing this becoming a cult classic in years to come.