Simply nutty sufficient: Nicolas Cage elevates ‘Sympathy for the Satan’ above mediocrity

A routine hostage thriller is elevated considerably because of a goofy, crazed efficiency by Nicolas Cage—a efficiency he modulates simply sufficient to make the movie work.

Cage performs a personality merely named The Passenger, whereas Joel Kinnaman performs The Driver. The Driver is arriving on the hospital to fulfill up together with his spouse, who’s giving beginning—when The Passenger jumps into his parked automobile and tells him to drive.

They’re in Las Vegas; The Passenger needs to go to Boulder Metropolis—and that’s all we actually know. What follows is the standard stuff you’ll see in a automobile/hostage drama. Cops and diner workers unwittingly get in the way in which; the 2 dudes trade lots of of cryptic data within the automobile.

All of it leads as much as an OK twist that retains the movie from being fully routine. Cage retains the film shifting ahead together with his trademark wild-eyed rambling, however he additionally manages to offer The Passenger a couple of traits that make him really feel like a brand new character quite than simply Loopy Cage.

He’s additionally acquired purple hair. Or is it pink? Or a sort of maroon? I dunno … the film takes place at night time, so I by no means actually might peg it.

Kinnaman is fairly good as he performs issues straight to stability out the kooky Cage. He and Cage give every of their roles a little bit coronary heart by the point credit roll.

Sympathy for the Satan shouldn’t be a terrific film, however it’s safely in that style of “OK” Cage movies. It’s a lot better than the dreck stuff he seems far too usually, however not so good as stuff like Pig or Mandy. When Cage is hitting the suitable crazed notes, he’s enjoyable to look at, and he could make in any other case mediocre films a very good time.

Sympathy for the Satan is now streaming on numerous platforms.

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