MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,959 this week

Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 2,589 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 14 user | 44 critic | 6 from Metacritic.com

A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 17 Dec 2010
 
a list of 26 titles
created 27 Jun 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Nov 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 28 Feb 2014
 
a list of 37 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Johnny Mad Dog" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

Johnny Mad Dog (2008) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Johnny Mad Dog.
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dying Breed (2008)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »

Director: Jody Dwyer
Stars: Nathan Phillips, Leigh Whannell, Bille Brown
Isolados (2014)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A couple, Lauro and Renata, travels to a remote area surrounded by rain forest in Rio De Janeiro. Once they are there, Lauro is told by a bar owner that gruesome murders are taking place in... See full summary »

Director: Tomas Portella
Stars: Juliana Alves, Regiane Alves, Edmilson Barros
Psych:9 (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Working alone at night in a recently closed hospital, an unstable woman witnesses events that may be connected to a string of murders.

Director: Andrew Shortell
Stars: Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn
Sideshow (2000)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

While visiting a traveling carnival full of human freaks, high school students nearly join as permanent members.

Director: Fred Olen Ray
Stars: Jamie Martz, Michael Amos, Scott Clark
Bag Man (2014)
Short | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

BAG MAN is the understated story of a 12 year old African American boy, who takes us on an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of upstate New York. With a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker
Stars: Judah Bellamy, Raushanah Simmons, Michael Frederic
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.

Director: Ralph Ziman
Stars: Rapulana Seiphemo, Jeffrey Zekele, Ronnie Nyakale
Model by Day (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Lady X is a woman who works during the day as a model but turns into a fighter for justice at night with the help of her karate master Chang.

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Famke Janssen, Stephen Shellen, Clark Johnson
Soldier Child (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Soldier Child tells the stories of the atrocities and brutality endured by children forced to serve the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Director: Neil Abramson
Stars: Danny Glover
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Mitsuhiro Mihara
Stars: Miki Nakatani, Tatsuya Fuji, Sei Hiraizumi
Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Torpedo (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Nina Andresen Borud, Ida Marie Bakkerud, Lena-Pia Bernhardsson
Punk (TV Movie 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An intense and solitary teenager, Paul finds himself caught up in a journey for freedom, full of violence, betrayal and hope. Abandoned by his father, torn between his mother, with whom he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Stars: Paul Bartel, Béatrice Dalle, Marie-Ange Casta
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christophe Minie ...
Johnny Mad Dog
Daisy Victoria Vandy ...
Laokole
Joseph Duo ...
Never Die
Dagbeth Tweh ...
No Good Advice
Careen Moore ...
Fatmata - Lovelita
Mohammed Sesay ...
Butterfly
Barry Chernoh ...
Small Devil
Léo Boyeneh Kote ...
Pussy Cat
Maxwell Carter ...
Monsieur Kamara
Miata Fahnbulleh ...
Madame Kamara
Terry Johnson ...
Joseph
Onismus Kamoh ...
Fofo
Lawrence King ...
Ibrahim
Massiata E. Kenneh ...
Tanya Toyo
Anthony King ...
Pere Ibrahim
Edit

Storyline

Johnny Mad Dog, maybe 15, leads a band of boy soldiers in a civil war in an unnamed African country. "Don't want to die? Don't be born" is one of their shouted mottoes. We follow Mad Dog and his crew - No Good Advice, Butterfly, Chicken Hair, and others - as they kill, pillage rape, interrogate, and terrorize on their march to the capital. They take a TV station and lead an assault on the President's residence. We also follow Laokole, about Johnny age, as she tries to hold together her family of brother and disabled father. Is there more than chaos and inhumanity here? At war since age 10, has Johnny anything inside? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Džoni besni pas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Visa d'exploitation (en France) n° 113658 See more »

Goofs

When the girl finds his wounded father, the location of the blood on Sleeveless shirt changes in the following scenes. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Where the dogs of war are just lost puppies.
11 March 2012 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Along with Full Metal Jacket (1987), Apocalypse Now (1979), Paths of Glory (1957) and others, this film joins that august group of anti-war films which attempts to provide a realistic glimpse into the chaos of war.

Using documentary-style filming and editing techniques, the story centers upon a small group of boy soldiers who we first see brutally murder and rape some villagers; then they attack a TV station, killing and raping as they go; and finally they launch a major assault, with their larger army, upon a medium sized town where they once again go on a killing spree.

Finally, with their objectives achieved, General Never Die (Joseph Duo) disbands the army, tells the boy soldiers that it's all over, so now "Go and do something else." While there is a large cast of first time actors playing the roles of the boy murderers, the story focuses upon Johnny Mad Dog (Christopher Minie) as the boss of the small group, and Laokole (Daisy Victoria Vandy) a young girl who is trying to save her wounded father and her brother, Fofo (Onismus Kamoh).

During the hectic fighting scenes in the final assault, Johnny and Laokole (grimly holding onto her small brother) accidentally meet on a staircase in a deserted building. He stops, gun ready, but instead of interrogating her and perhaps killing her, they gaze at each other until one of his grunts calls Johnny back onto the street. Grudgingly, reluctantly, he goes back to his killing machines…

Later, towards the end, the two meet again under different circumstances and we see the full irony of the effects of war upon individuals: but we are left in a state of uncertainty about the outcome of that meeting, much like we might feel after reading a news story about the real wars in Africa with real boy soldiers that still continue – even as I write and you read.

There are short moments of gallows humor with a live pig; for the most part, however, there is just unrelenting killing, raping, and slaughtering of innocents and, implicitly, the death of hope. So, it's not a film for those who cannot watch the worst of human depravity during war.

Technically, the production cannot be faulted. The direction is superb, garnering performances from newcomers that must be seen to fully appreciate. The camera work fits the situation of quasi-documentary. The sounds of war are realistic and actually remind me of sounds I've heard recently in the current slaughter of civilians in Syria.

Highly recommended, but not for kids, obviously.

March 11, 2012.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Were English subtitles necessary? clive-ihd
El Che promoted war and revolution in Africa joe22-7
What happened to the brother? mtkohler
At Sundance 2009 this film will make waves!! Anideos
Does anyone know release date paccy4444
Film Soundtrack ahmeddanso
Discuss Johnny Mad Dog (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?