Paul Schrader directs this film about three ex-cons who are trying to adapt to civilian life, following their stints in jail.
Starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, Dog Eat Dog sees the ex-cons struggling to adjust to their new lives and freedom until they are offered a new job by an eccentric mob boss (played by Paul Schrader himself), with a payoff that would allow them to start a new life and buy their way out of their criminal lives. But of course nothing is that straightforward.
Paul Schrader and Matthew Wilder wrote the script based on Edward Bunker’s 1995 novel of the same name, who used his personal experiences of the criminal underworld as inspiration for the story and its troubled central characters.
The film is released in cinemas and on digital on the 18th November 2016.
Here is what critics have said of the film already:
The Guardian: **** “Plot strands are left dangling; but Schrader carries it off. He still has flair.”
Variety: “Paul Schrader seems so intent on ignoring overused genre-movie conventions that he ignores what would have made this pulp crimer effective.”
Hollywood Reporter: “Dog Eat Dog definitely looks like it was shot on the cheap but puts what it needs to up on the screen with vigor and wit.”
The Hollywood News: **** “While the subject matter and film-making style won’t gel with some – think Tarantino by way of Ritchie mixed in with a touch of Abel Ferrara – we had an absolute blast all of the way through. It’s nuts, but quite the ride.”
Dog Eat Dog is released in cinemas and on digital on the 18th November.