If... Dog... Rabbit... (23-Nov-1999)|
Director: Matthew Modine
Writer: Matthew Modine
Review by John Moore (posted on 23-Mar-2005)
Bravo! I've read some reviews of this film on other sites. It's often compared to some great film noir movies and that's fair, it is. It reminded me of Stanley Kubrick's The Killing. But where Kubrick's is about greed and distrust, Matthew Modine's version should really be seen and talked about as a reflection of todays blame-everybody-else-but-me society. With a wicked sense of black comedy humor If...dog...Rabbit tells the tale of a Johnny Cooper, a guy fresh out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow. Johnny knows that his family is trouble and does his best to stay clear of them. But, like Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather showed us, blood is thicker than water and as horrible and difficult as family love can be, it's family. The last act of the film is as good as the best. I won't spoil it. See the movie. It's on DVD with a new (why change the original?) title, One Last Score. Modine wrote, directed and stars. He was also able to pull in some great stars: John Hurt, David Keith, Bruce Dern, Lisa Marie, and the always dependable Kevin J. O'Connor.
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