This was one of those movies that took me a long time to see because it was out of circulation due to the controversy around it. In these situations, finally seeing the film can be a bit of a let down, and in this case it was for me. I think the central metaphor works and the plot is fine, and I don't understand how people misread it so. However, it looked and felt like a tv movie, which lessened the impact for me.
3-3.5. Starts off with an off-balance between the ethereal atmosphere and comic pulp, before really locking into its premise. Suddenly there's context to the artistic flourishes sprinkled through the first act, and the movie becomes an engrossing race parable. There are so many great shot and motion choices, but special mention goes to the constant framing behind bars, cages, and fences. Really surprised me.
White Dog is a decent genre Creature flick that happens to have epic subtext - no less important than how we should deal with a (conditioned) racist. The central suspense of this question is thrilling, even if we then forgive the attack scenes borrowed from a more literal horror film. The joy is in the anarchic details of Fuller's world, odd actors, characters and specifics in a potent social film.
I found this film breathtakingly hard hitting and at times I wept whilst watching its gut wrenching portrayal of white people's most ugly of crimes. Totally unforgettable with a strange and painful to watch tragic sorrow. The insanity of it all, the cruelty, the waste, the 'banality of evil'. The Morricone score gives the film shards of heart breaking beauty. An uncanny and compelling masterpiece.
Interesting take on racism, unfortunately it seems like there's not enough material here for 90 mins, it probably would be much more powerful and focused as a short film without all the fillers. Strong music by Ennio Morricone. Ironically the dog happens to be the best actor in this film ;)
You can't help but admire the strange B-Movie style of subversion that Fuller trades in. White Dog has that unmistakable gloss of 80s big hair/leg warmer, but delves into issues much darker and relevant. Using a pet dog to embody racial hate is bizarre but cleverly shows the deep rooted race issues at work in modern society. Deceptively biting social commentary once again from the cult of Sam Fuller.
Anti-racist 80s plonk with an eye-catching initial premise and a subtext on reinsertion. But it hardly maintains any drama and does not seem to go anywhere apart from the bloody obvious which is tedious anyway. The script is awfully weak, the acting is poor and I am taking no prisoners, even the dog is a miscast. Ketchup does not work miracles. The ending is nonsensical and anti-climatic.