Savage Dog Movie Review © 2017 Dan's Movie Report- Danny Templegod
Bullets, hearkening back to a bygone era, long brutal fights. Savage Dog hits hard with a final 45 minute assault on the senses. I usally wax long and poetic ha, but this time, brevity is the key. I absolutely loved the last 45 minutes, but was not overly impressed by the setup. Jesse V. Johnson, is an amazing creative mind, with a loyal and fierce love for action. Obviously, this is a very low budget film, but I kind of wish more time was spent with the softer buildup.
Full disclosure: Jesse was gracious enough to use my suggestion of JuJu Chan for the lead female character. I feel that even 3-5 minutes more spent on her life prior to, would have made this a better film. It almost seems like more was written, but not filmed. Her character, Isabelle should have had more scenes in the village where she came from. Actress Sheena Chou plays Keith David's lady and she seems to have needed more screen time as well.
That said, the lead actors, Marko, Mr Adkins, Cung Le, are whirlwind of talent, energy, and viperous insults! Booming voice man Keith David provides an old-school narration, actually the narration, in this sense is really needed. The dialogue is the device used to flesh out the characters. The mud pit for fighting, and brutal battling at the end, are great considering limited budget and location constraints.
I must give a special mention to the costuming of LM creating the look of 50s era costuming is so difficult across cultural lines. Jesse was able to procure the use of a period era jeep and various accoutrements of the time. The dank and dirty conditions and his (Adkins) imprisonment made it VERY authentic.
The most important thing about this film is this is forging new relationships between cast and crew. Jesse V. Johnson picked actors of strong moral character, and intense drive. As Jesse's budgets rise, so will his status. I first wrote about Jesse in 2004 for Vengeance Magazine, way back with Pit Fighter. He puts full focus on his work.
I am looking forward to Accident Man and Triple Threat, with bigger budgets they should be action forces of nature. Jesse again picked some amazing talents featured on my site before!
Overall rating on Savage Dog is a 6.99999 out of 10! I so much wanted to give this a 7, but I cannot, sometimes you need a bit more to push the film over.
The Film is currently available on Amazon in Germany! USA August 4th!
Please check out my extensive interviews with actresses JuJu Chan, Sheena Chou, Marko Zaror, photographer Ben Burton, and the amazing LM Designs across My site and The Action Elite!