When three hardened career criminals find themselves confined inside an abandoned warehouse with law enforcement closing in, they quickly discover that the police aren’t their only threat to freedom – a killer dog is on the loose and hunting down all three crooks. Not the greatest movie to hit Netflix over the years but definitely one where the filmmakers did a good enough job with the limited plot they had to work with.
Director: Paul Solet
Writers: Paul Solet
Starring: Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Antonio Banderas
As mentioned, when the entire story behind a film is that of three criminals being chased in a deserted warehouse by a killer dog, there’s only so much you can expect. With that being said, during the ninety-three minute runtime, there was a surprisingly good amount of suspense and tension throughout and on more than one occasion you were left wondering where exactly the killer dog would pop up and what kind of carnage he would cause.
At times however, you were left questioning whether or not the main characters held any brain cells with the decisions they were making. On numerous occasions the main characters were seen leaving the safe haven of certain parts of the warehouse only to hunt for lost drugs or at times each other, while the killer dog remained at large.
With a movie of this kind it’s important to have good filler moments and this was no different. All three of the main characters (and the dog too…) had pretty thorough backstories that were demonstrated by regular flashbacks. To the credit of the filmmakers, as a viewer, you ended up hoping for the best for all three of the trapped men in the warehouse, despite the fact that they themselves were criminals.
In terms of the acting performances from the primary three characters, Adrien Brody (Stacy) most definitely stood out, especially in the latter stages of the movie, but John Malkovich (Walker) struggled to really add anything at all, other than playing an ageing and tiring version of himself. Lastly, Rory Culkin (Gage) portrayed a younger character that was addicted to drugs and he adopted the role extremely well, especially when delving into his backstory – some of the scenes and stories were pretty gut-wrenching to say the least.
Rather surprisingly, Antonio Banderas also appeared in the flick but as the man that was responsible for training the dog to become a killer. His role was small throughout but effective on a whole.
Overall, not the finest of movies but not the worst either, even if the final stages were a tiny bit predictable. I’d recommend this one to a viewer if they were really bored while going through some form of quarantine or if they wanted to watch something a little bit different!
“A man that steals, is a thief…”Blue – Bullet Head