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Dog Eat Dog (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 November 2016 (USA)
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A crew of ex-cons are hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

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Paul Schrader

Writers:

Edward Bunker (based on the novel by), Matthew Wilder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Troy
Willem Dafoe ... Mad Dog
Christopher Matthew Cook ... Diesel
Omar J. Dorsey ... Moon Man
Louisa Krause ... Zoe
Melissa Bolona ... Lina
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Chepe
Chelcie Lynn Chelcie Lynn ... Sheila (as Chelcie Melton)
Bruce Reizen Bruce Reizen ... Maurie
Jeff Hilliard Jeff Hilliard ... Gun Enthusiast
Ali Wasdovich ... Melissa
Louis Perez ... Mike Brennan
Magi Avila ... Nanny
Tevis R. Marcum ... White Power Inmate
Todd Emmett ... Prison Skin Head
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Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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2.35 : 1
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Willem Dafoe played Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in "Spider-Man" (2002). Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role before Dafoe was selected. See more »

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When Diesel and Mad Dog are disposing of Brennan's body, we see that the body has its face and head intact, but earlier we saw Mad Dog completely blow Brennan's head off with a shot gun. See more »

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Mad Dog: [Face distorting in the mirror]
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Surprisingly fresh! Really enthusiastic performances by all of the co-stars
19 September 2016 | by liamsp5590See all my reviews

I'll start by saying this movie isn't perfect, but I really, really enjoyed it. In short, the pacing was fantastic (not a dull moment, but at the same time you really got to know the characters), the actors all clearly were really enjoying making the movie and gave their characters their all (Willem Defoe in particular, and Nicholas Cage was completely revitalized for this role). I also really enjoyed the cinematography, some various effects were used tastefully to great effect. Finally one of the best qualities of this film is the subtle details, often humorous, of the sets/extras. This film made great use of the background for both humorous and dark mood setting purposes.

The one complaint I had with this film was the abrupt transition to some sort of symbolic "meta-scene" right around the last 10 minutes of the film. It just felt jarring and didn't really resolve or leave me thinking anything. I would not be surprised if I just missed some symbolism, but it just didn't resonate with me. But luckily I did not feel it ruined the film for me.

So in summary, this film is a fantastic surface level action flick. I would describe it as the inverse of the TV show "Cops". Similar camera-work during the action. It also had some real depth to it's characters, and man was there chemistry. It'll leave you wishing you could see more of the characters yet the point kind of is that you just see a glimpse of their lives. More would take away from the poignancy.


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