Pig ★★★★½

I was expecting a revenge thriller with a crazy performance from Nicolas Cage but Michael Sarnoski's Pig is more than that. In fact, it's nothing like that. The thing is, this one of Cage's most somber performances of his career. It does start off like John Wick but it ends up being an emotional yet unpredicted punch to the gut due the bond with the characters (and that includes the pig). The story with Rob, our main character, is more captivating than I could ever imagine. With that, the history that's uncovered is hands down the best part of the film.

While the pacing may not be good to everyone (especially the ones that are expecting a revenge thriller with a batshit insane performance from Nicky Cage), I didn't mind the sluggish pacing. It actually gave the two heroes enough amount of time to open up and that's a good thing. Alex Wolff, who is just as great as Cage, is dealing with his own problems and needs the pig just as Rob (just not the same reasons). So, he joins him on this journey through Portland. Instead of using guns and fits, there's shrewdness and intellect that Rob uses to confront this group who stole his precious pig. The emotions are so much higher than expected. The degree of subtlety from the story is ludicrously sky-high.

This particular journey is so full of unpredictable turns. Not only there's much to love about our two main characters but there's much to learn (and adore) about the culinary history of Portland. Yes, if you're a fan of the Food Network, there's great stuff to scout. If I have a complaint about the movie, I will say it was too dark in one scene in the beginning. Other than that, this is an impressive directorial debut from Michael Sarnoski. While it has an independent feel, it generates enough suspense for me wanted more of an action-filled flick. No, it's not action-heavy but it's for the best. It's one of 2021s best films.

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