The film is a profound disappointment in part because it feels so overdetermined to live up to Sono and Cage’s respective brands.
The film is clearly wary of either being too saccharine or taking itself—or the notion of compulsive infidelity—too seriously, though its schadenfreude is unwavering.
It suffers from sheer sloppiness of script that results in scenes of comedic frivolity coming off as screechingly forced.
The litmus test for macho actors and characters in Badass movies is to imagine the badass in question sitting in on a Scared Straight session without peeing his pants.
Alpha Dog boasts a menacing drum n’ bass score and lots of meaningless split screen effects.
Think of John Q. as Hollywood’s one-note answer to Jean Valjean.