TIFF Film Review: “Dog Eat Dog”

Robert Keaton Maxwell

It’s Grand Theft Auto V, okay? Willem Defoe plays Trevor, Nicolas Cage plays Michael and Omar J. Dorsey plays Franklin. I’m not kidding when I say not only was this the worst flick I saw at TIFF but also a blatant rip-off of a video game with a much stronger narrative.dog-eat-dog

The first five minutes of Willam Defoe being a bat-shit crazy drug-addled murderer are fantastic. Then the next five minutes with Nicholas Cage’s somber, lost middle-age man intro are pretty good. Then things get stupid, fast.

Here’s the skinny: the movie has no character arcs, no growth, no rhyme or reason for its plot points. It’s literally a series of isolated scenes that were stitched together in Adobe Premiere. The overarching narrative is a scattered mess of a joke and not one character has a fulfilling arc, none of the main three moving beyond where their GTAV counterparts were by…

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