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Sympathy For The Devil Is Nic Cage Being Nic Cage

Sympathy For The Devil is one of those thrillers that keeps the audience guessing almost the whole way through. Nic Cage is fantastic.

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Sympathy For The Devil is an intense thriller that is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they try to piece everything together. One of those movies that has you wondering what is actually true and what isn’t, it is the chemistry between Nic Cage and Joel Kinnaman that allows it to shine. 

The film starts on a dark night. Joel’s character drops off his son and heads into Las Vegas to meet his wife at the hospital, where she is giving birth to their second child. In the hospital parking garage, a crazy man with a gun (Nicolas Cage) enters his car and tells him to drive. 

The audience is then trapped with Joel’s character in a car, feeling just as claustrophobic and unaware for the situation. Nic’s character certainly seems to think he knows the man who he has abducted, but the man feels that he is wrongly accused, and not at all who the maniac is looking for. Playing out in real time, Sympathy For The Devil will certainly keep the audience on their toes.

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What Works With Sympathy For The Devil

Nicolas Cage is fantastic in this movie. He starts off a little subtle before going full Nic Cage at the perfect time. His chemistry with Joel Kinnaman is what really makes Sympathy For The Devil work, though. The two of them are like night and day, but eventually Joel starts to match Nic’s level of intensity, and that is when the movie really shines.

The cinematography is what really allows viewers to feel like they are in an intense and awkward situation. It becomes easy to relate to Joel as we feel like we have no idea what is going on. 

The final few moments of the movie are even more intense, and get quite emotional as you are given the full details of what led to this encounter.

What Doesn’t Work With Sympathy For The Devil

Sympathy For The Devil is a slow burn, there is no doubt about that. For the majority of the movie, viewers don’t truly know what is going on. But once things are starting to be revealed the pace gets picked up. The diner scene is when the climax finally hits, and things only get wilder from there.

That being said, a slow burn can often be mistaken for a movie that drags on. Because of this, I can understand how some of those watching would start to lose interest. Because we are left guessing for so long, it might seem as if the story is not going anywhere. 

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Overall Thoughts

Sympathy For The Devil works in large part thanks to Nic Cage’s brilliant performance. It is clear that he brought a lot of himself and different ideas about his character to the role. He jumps in feet first, and it is from that diner scene where he goes all out on that takes this film to a whole new level. 

Joel Kinnaman does a fantastic job as well, especially opposite such a charismatic and unpredictable character. The two are great in the movie, and help keep things entertaining while the pace is slow. 

With a less than ninety minute runtime, this is a movie that all Cage fans should check out while it is in limited theaters now! 

Rating: 3 out of 5

NEXT: Sympathy For The Devil Producer Allan Ungar Reveals Filming Details

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About Sympathy For The Devil

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.

Sympathy For The Devil is now playing in select theaters.