Paul Schrader is one of those guys who’s been drifting around Hollywood since the mid-seventies. He’s responsible in part for some of the more memorably violent and depraved movies to hit the scene. His collaborations with Martin Scorsese produced some of the best films of the auteur’s catalogue, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ.
Unlike Dying of the Light, Dog Eat Dog looks and sounds much more like what we’ve come to expect from the master of high-minded pulp fiction. Willem Dafoe is clearly having fun here as what is sure to be the wild card of the group (c’mon, you just had to name him Mad Dog?). Plus, this looks like one of the rare films in recent memory where Nicolas Cage looks invested in being on screen.
Knowing the close relationship between Schrader and his two leads (his worked with both actors on multiple films previously), there’s a chance that this go around, we may actually get a fully formed product at the end of it all.
Dog Eat Dog drops on November 18th, 2016.