You know what would suck? If Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, and Paul Schrader teamed up on a movie that wasn't completely off-the-rails. Fortunately, based on the reviews of Dog Eat Dog we don't have to worry about that happening, and the new trailer makes it clear we ought to buckle up for this one.
Based on the Ed Bunker novel, the film tells the wild, based-on-truth story about a trio of criminal who take on one last lucrative job for a Mexican cartel boss, only to have the whole thing spin insanely out of control.
So the "one last job" trope is firmly in place, but does anybody think Schrader is going to play this one straight? Of course not. Especially when Schrader and Cage, who publicly disowned their prior film Dying of the Light, have admitted they were able to make this movie the way they wanted. Oh boy. That can't be remotely sane, and might explain why Schrader has also given himself the rare acting role. Here's the 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 NY and LA on November 4th, followed by a theatrical, Digital HD and VOD run beginning a week later.