While critics might be divided on Paul Schrader‘s “Dog Eat Dog,” one thing is clear — it’s a movie told without compromise. Vicious and violent, the legendary screenwriter and director doesn’t know a boundary of good taste or decorum that he doesn’t cross in the picture, and for certain audiences, that means an enjoyably wild ride, especially when you have Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe leading the charge.
Based on the book by Ed Bunker, the movie tells the audacious, supposedly based on a true story tale about a team of goons who attempt to pull off one last job, but of course, nothing winds up going right. Here’s the official synopsis:
When three desperate ex cons are offered a job by a Mexican mob boss, they know they should refuse, but the payoff’s too rich to turn down. All they have to do is kidnap the kid of a colleague who’s ripping the mob boss off. But the abduction goes awry when the kidnappers are forced to kill an unexpected intruder who turns out to be the child’s father – the very man the mob boss intended to extort. Now unwelcome in the underworld and on the run for murder, the ex cons find themselves as the most wanted fugitives in the City of Angels. And each vows that none of them will ever go back to prison. No matter what the cost.
“Dog Eat Dog” opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 4th, expanding and hitting VOD and Digital HD on November 11th. [Indiewire]