Utterly engrossing with a deeper meaning than seen at first glance, Pig is sure to satisfy Nicolas Cage’s legion of fans even as the film fails to tie all of the story’s pieces together.
A truffle hunter heads back into his former city of Portland to track down his stolen truffle pig in Pig, Michael Sarnoski’s first feature-length film. Cage has gotten to the point in his career where he is expected to take on bonkers roles, this being no exception. His character’s gruff demeanor is expertly played by Cage, the only actor I can envision doing so; he brings an emotional edge that is always present, though never obvious. Alex Wolff also stars as a young businessman that is the perfect embodiment of everything that Cage is seemingly not. Though the performances are intriguing enough to keep viewers going until he very end, the story fails to connect all of the many pieces planted throughout (class differentiation, relationships, etc.), resulting in a third act that exposes the theme of a man dealing with grief, but aspects to Cage’s character’s background that go unaddressed.
This is certainly not a film for everyone; the premise is is simple, but not entirely too farfetched in terms of the truffle business. What ultimately serves as the Achilles heel for Pig is the “villain’s” ultimate offer to pay Cage off and the recognition that another pig could just be purchased… basically undercutting the story. Pig is an experience, though, with beautiful cinematography, unique approaches to story development, and a devilishly good soundtrack that absolutely fits the tone of the film. Sarnoski’s debut is not without faults, but even those are countered by the potential the filmmaker displays. I would expect to see him taking on some larger properties in the future.
Pig hits theaters this Friday.
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