Pig Review: Nicolas Cage In A Tales Of Blended Life

Pig Review: Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage allegedly joined co-star Alex Wolff and the crew to a screening of Bong Joon-Parasite ho’s while filming Pig, the next movie from writer and director Michael Sarnoski. It’s pretty fitting; perhaps Cage wants everyone to witness not just a great movie, but also how Bong’s masterwork continuously shocks the viewer in surprising and compelling ways.

Pig Review: Nicolas Cage

Pig seems to be made from the same fabric – just when you think you know where it’s headed, it manages to swerve off in a new yet relevant path. It’s a film that doesn’t mind taking detours, and the way it weaves its way through many genres makes it difficult to label or define. Pig is undoubtedly one of the finest films of the year, at times sad, other times nail-bitingly suspenseful, educational, sensitive, and occasionally bizarrely and wildly amusing.

The film opens with a grizzled forager named Rob (Cage) out in the lush and quiet woods with his pet truffle pig by his side, divided into three separate segments. The forest feels like a place out of time as they seek for truffles and return to their cabin to make dinner, back when there was only wildness for miles and the sound of insects and coyotes filled the dark night air. Life appears to be tranquil. The illusion is quickly shattered when a gleaming yellow Camaro makes its way through the woods. After all, Rob isn’t that far from civilization; in fact, he’s only a few miles outside of Portland. Amir (Wolff), the car’s driver, is a young, snobby entrepreneur who is the only person Rob does business with to keep afloat. Even though the two men plainly don’t care for one other (Rob doesn’t even reply to anything Amir says), the truffles he and his pig collect fetch a good price, and they seem to follow whatever commercial arrangement they’ve made.

Rob’s peaceful haven is shattered one night when a gang of attackers breaks through the cabin door, knocking him unconscious and stealing his adorable pig. They shouldn’t have done it in the first place. Rob returns to society for the first time in what seems like an eternity, bloodied, angry, and determined, on a quest to reclaim the pig, and he takes Amir along to help. This type of setup could remind you of vengeance thrillers like John Wick or Cage’s own Mandy, and although Pig does have some similarities to those films (right down to how the hero’s grief feeds his determination) and the trailer may sell it that way,

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However, the picture has a strong preference for calmer, meditative periods and philosophical reflections. But make no mistake: there is still violence here. Rob and Amir’s quest takes them into Portland’s weird and deadly criminal underbelly, a world of hidden fight clubs, posh expensive eating, and an intricate network of in-the-know individuals, all of which Rob used to be a part of in his previous life. Check ou the trailer below

Pig’s strategy to conveying its storyline and developing its characters is continuously fascinating. It’s a film that’s supposed to be felt rather than studied, full of introspection and self-reflection. It’s difficult not to be touched by its words, serene pictures, and severe lessons on what to make of your life and what matters. It’s also really darn funny. Pig has a lot of heart, with every shot serving the characters and having something to say about them and their journey. This is a completely unique, wonderful, and moving work of art that you should not miss.

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