Pig review: Nicolas cage Oregon as a philosopher-chef might be ‘his weirdest film yet’ | Films | Entertainment –

Published On: Sun, Aug 22nd, 2021

Pig review: Nicolas cage Oregon as a philosopher-chef might be ‘his weirdest film yet’ | Films | Entertainment


Since a well-publicised clash with the taxman, it seems the hard-working Oscar-winner is either shouting manically in a cheesy action movie or playing it cool in an occasional passion project. The wonderfully deceptive Pig toys wonderfully with those expectations.

The opening sequence suggests a lame John Wick rip-off. Cage plays Robin, a bedraggled truffle hunter cooped up in a remote shack in the Oregon wilderness with only a beloved pig for company.

An attempt to listen to an audio tape of a woman’s voice immediately sketches him out as another movie widower. And when his sow is taken in the middle of night, we suspect he is about to re-enter the world he turned his back on, rediscover his “particular set of skills”, and battle his way through a criminal underworld to win her back.

But Pig isn’t another revenge movie. Robin’s weapons of choice are well-chosen words and the world he re-enters is a dark, fantastical version of Portland’s culinary scene.

Cage keeps it small with a magnetic turn as a mournful sort of philosopher-chef.

It could be his weirdest film yet – and yes, that’s really saying something.

Pig is in cinemas now and on digital download from August 23.



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