Pig ★★★

Michael Sarnoski directs Nicolas Cage in one of his best performances, in this timid but emphatic drama Pig. The film is a deconstruction of a revenge drama that concerns a former famous chef—now a truffle hunter—who searches for his lost, taken pig. Unlike Taken, and John Wick who operates on the same narrative, Pig tries on a different route: methodical and meditative. This approach can be divisive, but Sarnoski efficiently musters quiet thrills and genuine concern for its heroine.

Cage, who constantly challenges himself with his collaborations with out-there and young directors, gives an emotionally-centered performance that elevates the entirety of the film. Despite the fact that his character really needs a good bathing, Cage pushes inward to get to the core of the character’s insecurities and frailties. There’s an inherent kindness and softness to Cage’s performance which is a rare sight to witness. Alex Wolff equals Cage’s presence exuding charisma and sturdy support.

Overall, I’m not that crazy on the story of Pig but I do acknowledge the film’s genuine sympathy and technicality, and more so it reintroduces Nicolas Cage to contemporary audiences with a much different perspective.

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