Movie Review: ‘Pig’

Do you prefer fun, happy, exiting, uplifting movies? Then Pig is not the movie for you. However, if you prefer emotional, dreary, and borderline depressing movies with fancy food and a deeper meaning, then Pig might be the movie for you. Nicolas Cage sets aside his wild, action packed characters for a more subdued hermit named Rob, whose only real friend is his truffle-hunting pig. When his pig is abducted one night from his remote wilderness cabin, he embarks on a journey that leads him back to the big city he departed 15 years earlier where dark memories for him, and others resurface.

In addition to Cage, Alex Wolff (Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle and The Next Level) portrays Amir, a seller that is partnered with Rob to sell the truffles found by Rob’s pig. Amir is one of the only people who seems to have regular contact with Rob, and they are not that close; Rob barely speaks to Amir when he comes to collect the truffles. Yet, when Rob’s pig is abducted, it is Amir to whom he reaches out to help him track down the pig. As the story progresses, they both revisit elements of their past, both traumatic and enlightening; Rob revisits a house where he lived with his late wife and meets with former colleagues and patrons while Amir recalls his parents’ strained relationship and his mother’s attempted suicide.

The movie is near perfect, in that it seamlessly tells a somber story, the acting is top notch, and the cinematography and choreography are beautiful. Cage’s performance is exemplary, probably one of his best in recent memory. There is depth to the story in how Rob deals with the loss of and search for his beloved pet and de facto best friend (not to mention the lingering impact of the loss of his wife 15 years earlier). There are no real plot twists, just additional pieces of the overall story unfolding like a play, even including chapter titles breaking the film into three parts. If the first part gets you to care for Rob and/or his pig, then the rest of the movie will likely be emotionally moving and worth the experience.

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