Sunday, July 8, 2012
A producer doesn’t have to shell out big bucks to land a film worth its weight in the can!
“Dog Eat Dog” is proof of that.
Although the “short” is a light-hearted comedy sweet and to-the-point – with nary a special effect or exhilarating ten-car smash-up – it sure packs a wallop.
In the first few scenes, the audience is introduced to a young dog-lover (Zachary Quinto) who pines for a lovable pet to spoil.
When the happy-go-lucky dude spies an adorable canine with personality at the local pound, he’s sold on the idea of adopting right-off-the-bat. There’s one problem, though. An elderly gent in the neighborhood is also keen on scooping up the pup.The dilemma is easily resolved, however.
“There will be a lottery. The person with the winning ticket gets to take the pet home,” a staff member at the shelter informs the lad matter-of-fact.
After a sleepless night or two, the prospective owner hatches up a ploy to ensure that the Lottery swings his way. Unfortunately, the senior he’s competing with has some tricks up his sleeve too!
Kudos to a competent ensemble cast for turning in subtle believable performances at a pitch that worked well here.
Sian Heder's light touch at the helm directing was bang on, too.
“Dog Eat Dog” is a delightful little gem that touches the heart – and likewise – thoroughly entertains.
Catch it if you can!