Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.
Holy pig, this movie is awesome. That was dumb, so let’s move on. I was not expecting much out of this film, other than another wild performance from the legend himself. What Cage manages to do is flip the entire script on its head and turn in one of his most subdued performances of his career. While Pig starts out like Cage’s version of John Wick, it ends up being an emotional yet unexpected gut punch due to connections and bonds formed between our characters (and yes, that in includes the pig). Rob has a history here that ends up being just as fascinating as the assumed story at hand, and uncovering that history is one of the best aspects of this film.
The pacing may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially because of expectations going in, but it gives our two heroes plenty of time to open up to the audience. Alex Wolff is our co-lead who is dealing with his own fair share of issues. He needs this pig just as much as Rob (just for different reasons), so he joins him on his journey through Portland. Instead of guns and fists, Rob uses wit and intelligence to fight his way through this group that took his sweet pig. Along the way, the emotions are much higher than anticipated, and the level of nuance that we get from this story is ridiculously high.
This journey is full of unexpected turns, and many of those turns will have viewers in their feels much more than anticipated. There is just so much to love about this duo, but there is even more to love about the culinary history of this city. That’s right Food Network fans, we get to explore the good stuff here. Other than the film being (visually) too dark at the beginning, and one scene in the first act that needed more of an explanation, there is not much to complain about here. It has that independent feel, but there is also enough suspense to impress the viewer that wanted more of an action-heavy film. Trust me, this is not a action-heavy film, but that is all for the better. Pig is one of the best movies of the year.