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Dog Meet Goose (2012)

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Get Chris Hansen In Here Now
5 March 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A convicted sex offender lives alone in an American state that enforces the three strikes and you're out rule . Hearing a knock on the door he answers it and a 17 year old boy stands in the doorway and asks if he can come in

Perhaps the most supremely entertaining TV show in the history of television is TO CATCH A PREDATOR . Of course many people despise it possibly because they're uneasy with the idea that legal enforcement shouldn't be reduced to entertainment for the masses , or it might just be that some of the the critics of the show are closet paedos themselves . For me there's few sights more heart warming than seeing a man delighted that he's about to have sex with a child only to have the rug pulled out from under his feet by Chris Hansen as they lay on the floor begging to be let off . One thing that always puzzles me though is that these predators must know they're getting set up in a sting operation . There are theories that in their subconscious they want to be caught in much the same way as a serial killer starts leaving clues behind so he'll be caught by the police . Or more likely it's the aspect of the outside possibility that a young teen is willing to have sex with them that over rides any suspicion in their mind . You do have to ask yourself at some of the freaks on the show that not even the most unfussy whore who is desperate for money for crack cocaine would want to have sex with them

This is an issue for DOG MEET GOOSE . Some 17 year old lad tries to seduce a fat , late middle aged man so ugly he could play Quasimodo without make up or special effects and he doesn't think it's too good to be true ? I guess I should be consistent and say the desire for sex though illegal here negates any suspicion that there's an agenda on the part of the teenager similar to the predators in TCAP . It is however at this point I've got to vocally disagree with Bob in that I felt no sympathy with either character . Bad enough that someone wants to have sex with a sex offender and the fact they're doing it to set up a plot involving murder and blackmail makes it far worse . We never find out what the sex offender's two previous crimes were but says they didn't involve child molesting but this could simply be an example of the unreliable narrator in narrative . What makes this more likely is that the three strikes rule is a certain reality if the teenager goes to the police but wouldn't be the case if the man has been found guilty of relatively minor sexual impropriety as he suggests . Perhaps the script is also conscious of TO CATCH A PREDATOR as the teen tells the man to take a seat which is a catchphrase of one Chris Hansen .

It is a fairly good short film . It's well acted , well directed, well written and gripping drama . It does suffer from the serious fundamental flaw that the audience have absolutely no one to root for . It's okay having a story that is nihilistic , or downbeat , or open ended but a story needs a good guy and a bad guy . Not necessarily traditional black and white lines of demarcation and not in a melodramatic way but as far as I can see DOG MEET GOOSE has two protagonists that left me thinking a plague on both their houses


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