If you want to see a film about how the Columbian drug trade process works, then this movie is for you. If you like films like Sicario or Traffic, this may be right up your alley. And then, if you want to see Nic Cage in that movie, well, this is basically like winning the lottery for you.
It’s often a crapshoot with Nicolas Cage these days. You never know if you’re going to get one of his less common, smaller interesting films worth checking out, or his more often must-need-the-paycheck movies that you don’t really need to see. Thankfully, this is worth checking out.
Because of Cage’s recent ignominious track record, Running With The Devil is one of those films that might get overlooked unless someone told you about it. It’s more compelling and entertaining than it has a right to be. Turns out there’s a lot like here.
“…sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked…”
This film has a pretty remarkable cast joining Cage. Written and directed by actor/producer, Jason Cabell, I have to wonder if this cast was assembled based on people he knew, or favors of people he knew. Either way, it’s a huge win. Cage is joined by Laurence Fishburne, Cole Hauser, Leslie Bibb, Peter Facinelli, Clifton Collins, Jr., Adam Goldberg, Natalie Reyes, and Barry Pepper. Maybe it does pay to know the right people.
None of the characters in the cast has an actual name. They all are referred to as just what role they play. Nic Cage is The Cook. Fishburne is The Man. Leslie Bibb is The Agent in Charge. Barry Pepper is The Boss, etc. This is actually effective based on the premise. The CEO (The Boss) of an international conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and overcut somewhere in the supply chain.
"…see Nic Cage...this is basically like winning the lottery for you."