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Sympathy for the Devil – Fantasia 2023

Sympathy for the Devil
Nicolas Cage’s absolutely unhinged performance is the highlight of this tense cat-and-mouse thriller.

Sympathy for the Devil – Fantasia 2023

Runtime: 01:30
Synopsis:
After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems.
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A mild-mannered driver finds himself taken hostage by an unhinged passenger in . David () is racing to the hospital to be with his wife who is in labour. However, when he arrives, he is greeted by a gun-toting man (Nicholas Cage) dressed all in red, who gets into David's car. The passenger demands a ride to Boulder City, beginning a nightlong cat-and-mouse game between the two.

Sympathy for the Devil Synopsis

Sympathy for the Devil is a thriller directed by Yuval Adler, starring as a mysterious madman dressed all in red, with matching dyed red hair. Cage is joined by Joel Kinnaman (The Suicide Squad) as the driver who finds himself taken hostage by this completely unhinged passenger, who insists he remembers seeing David back in Boston. David has to find a way to survive the night and get back to his wife before she gives birth.

My Thoughts on Sympathy for the Devil

Following his role as Dracula in Renfield, Nicholas Cage continues his 2023 villainous streak in Sympathy of the Devil, which quite possibly sees the actor in his most crazy and unhinged performance, which is saying a lot. The film is essentially a two-character narrative, with Joel Kinnaman playing the straight man to Cage's insanity. I don't want to give away too much of what happens in the film, but Sympathy for the Devil is a tense cat-and-mouse thriller with allusions to films such as A History of Violence and Locke, set in a very neon lit Las Vegas and surrounding area. Sympathy for the Devil continues Nicholas Cage's genre-heavy late-career renaissance and is a film worth checking out.

Trailer for Sympathy for the Devil – Fantasia 2023

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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