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 along with his spouse, who’s giving start—when The Passenger jumps into his parked automotive 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 same old stuff you’ll see in a automotive/hostage drama. Cops and diner workers unwittingly get in the way in which; the 2 dudes alternate a whole lot of of cryptic data within the automotive.
All of it leads as much as an OK twist that retains the movie from being utterly routine. Cage retains the film transferring ahead along with his trademark wild-eyed rambling, however he additionally manages to offer The Passenger a number of traits that make him really feel like a brand new character fairly than simply Loopy Cage.
He’s additionally obtained purple hair. Or is it pink? Or a type of maroon? I dunno … the film takes place at evening, so I by no means actually might peg it.
Kinnaman is fairly good as he performs issues straight to steadiness out the kooky Cage. He and Cage give every of their roles a bit coronary heart by the point credit roll.
Sympathy for the Satan just isn’t an amazing film, but it surely’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 precise crazed notes, he’s enjoyable to look at, and he could make in any other case mediocre motion pictures a superb time.
Sympathy for the Satan is now streaming on numerous platforms.