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John Lafia puts his own stamp of original design on this piece about a genetically engineered dog.
It's part suspense, part horror, part comedy, part sci fi, part police investigation, part investigative reporting, part family life.
Lafia is careful not to emulate Verhoeven, which is why I think he shied away from the completely "in your face" style, but one gets the impression Lafia does this out of a desire to create his own style.
That isn't easy, but he does a nice job of it.
What makes this film work is that Lafia always makes sure he keeps the black comedy going.
However, I'd like to have seen more scenic shots than city streets. Most of us see cars and buildings all the time, and are bored by seeing them in the cinema. Most of the action takes place either in businesses, city streets, motor vehicles, or houses, probably the four dullest settings you can have for film.
Which is why the black comedy works so well.
We start off with two sides, the two main human characters. One is heavy in animal rights. The other is heavy into experimentation.
Unfortunately, the "experimenter" has more than a few screws loose, so this is one sided. Lafia is very clever in disguising this for a long time. I don't think he needed to. It probably would have worked just as well if the "heavy" was not insane.
The dog is sort of a Frankenstein's monster, and yet very much like any dog you would meet. One of the funniest things about this film is how many adults don't know how to react around the canine genus.
And that is probably the underlying theme here. Lafia is poking fun at the modern man who has lost touch with Nature. We can forgive the kids in the film for not knowing how to handle dogs, and yet even they seem to have more common sense than most of the adults.
Very interesting. Very lucky to be made in the nineties, perhaps the worst decade in film, so it looks even better when compared to movies of that decade.
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