You can’t really do crime without landing somewhere near Eddie Bunker. The former convict turned author and movie consultant has his finger prints all over some of the best crime films. He wrote the screenplays for the underrated Dustin Hoffman-starring “Straight Time” (1978), “Runaway Train” (1985) and “Animal Factory” (2000). He consulted with Michael Mann very early in his career and on 1995’s crime classic “Heat” (Danny Trejo was also one of Bunker’s pals and Mann cast him in the film). And of course Quentin Tarantino paid homage to Bunker by casting him in “Reservoir Dogs” (he plays Mr. Blue).
Now director Paul Schrader is jumping into the action by helming, “Dog Eat Dog,” which he co-wrote with Matthew Wilder. Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by the aforementioned Eddie Bunker, the film stars Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and, in a bit of a twist, Schrader himself. “Dog Eat Dog” was chosen as the closing film for the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and while our review hasn’t arrived yet, you should be seeing it soon.
“Dog Eat Dog” centers on a reformatory graduate like Bunker. A terrifying and brutal narrative, the novel tracks his lawless spree in the company of two other vicious reform school alumni. There’s no word on a release date or a distributor yet, but the Fortnight section has released what is being called an unofficial teaser trailer. Whatever it is, it certainly gives you a sense of the flavor of the film. Watch above and sound off in the comments about what you think.