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Paul Schrader has made an iconic film career off of damaged, obsessive and often deranged men, from Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver” to Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull,” Julian Kaye in “American Gigolo” and more, so it makes perfect sense he turned to Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe for his latest drama. Two actors fully capable of going to the dark side and coming out possessed with intensity, Cage and Dafoe bring an unpredictable manic energy to “Dog Eat Dog,” a wild crime thriller that is our VOD pick of the week.
The movie follows three ex-cons (Cage, Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby and hold it for a large ransom. The abduction goes horribly awry, forcing the men to evade the mob and the police in an insane cat-and-mouse game of survival. “Dog Eat Dog” premiered back at Cannes, and it proves Schrader hasn’t lost his nerve one bit.
In his review, IndieWire Senior Film Critic David Ehrlich called the film “bawdy” and “intoxicatingly batshit.” “‘Dog Eat Dog’ is essentially a crime thriller with all of the boring parts taken out — all of the logical parts, too,” he continued.
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