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I’ve always been a sucker for Nicholas Cage movies. Most are failed one-offs that are forgotten as soon as the credits roll. But not all experiments fail.
This is something different.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought I was in for another John Wick, but only grittier.
I was wrong. By the time the movie ended, I was frustrated. “That’s it? Where’s the vengeance? Where’s the wrath?”
Disappointed, I turned the TV off and went to bed.
But then something happened that normally doesn’t.
For the next several nights, I would find myself lying in bed just thinking about this movie. Something about it lingered.
A week later, I sat down to watch it again with a fresh set of eyes and no false expectations set by the trailer.
By the time the credits rolled a second time, I was in tears.
Where John Wick focuses on revenge, Pig focuses on Grief and Loss.
While there are a lot of parallels to John Wick, Pig is kind of its antithesis.
“We don’t get a lot of things to really care about.”
Throughout this movie, you’re confronted by characters who have something they care about deeply but each one of them holds it away at a distance for one reason or another and you get to explore the effects those actions have on each character. Each choosing to live with others’ expectations or pain and heartache of things left undone and unsaid instead of confronting the hurt and trauma that is desperately needed to heal and move forward.
No filler at a wonderful 90 minute runtime.
Powerful, moving tale.
Extraordinary acting by all.
I’m very close to calling this my favorite movie of the year.
Recommended for movie-buffs and those who are more open to an emotional experience rather than another arbitrary gunfight.
Now streaming on Hulu and available to rent or purchase.
Thanks for reading.