PIG movie review – This is one film that won’t be going to the slaughterhouse

Review by Richard Hill

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Title: Pig
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, and Adam Arkin
Movie length: 1 hour 32 minutes

There are very few films out there, especially modern ones that I personally find to be beautifully made. There are a few exceptions such as The Artist which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2011 along with four other Academy Awards. It’s just too bad that a film like Pig starring Nicolas Cage will surely be overlooked by the Academy and many other awards ceremonies this next year. This film was so well done, and far from anything that I have really seen Cage do before, there was virtually no action and all story.

There are very few films out there, especially modern ones that I personally find to be beautifully made. There are a few exceptions such as The Artist which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2011 along with four other Academy Awards. It’s just too bad that a film like Pig starring Nicolas Cage will surely be overlooked by the Academy and many other awards ceremonies this next year. This film was so well done, and far from anything that I have really seen Cage do before, there was virtually no action and all story.

It opens with Rob played by Nicolas Cage as a truffle hunter that lives in the wilderness of Oregon with his pet pig, one night after a long day of hunting Rob is attacked and his beloved pig is taken from his home. I thought this was going to be like the John Wick films as it turns out I was completely wrong. 

After being knocked out he wakes up and realizes that his pig is gone. The film is misleading in the sense that you believe he only needs the pig to hunt for truffles, however as it turns out he just loves the pig and there is plenty of heartwarming story behind why.

No spoilers, but Rob goes into town and calls his contact, Amir (played by Alex Wolff) that usually purchases the truffles from him to resell in the cooking industry. Amir picks him up and they go on the hunt for piggy, there are a few twists and turns along the way and they are just perfectly written in, the dialogue is short but to the point and like I said it is a wonderful film and absolutely worth the watch.

I give it a 9.8 out of 10, I wish something like this could get an Oscar Nomination, sadly much like genius films of the past with great story and characters it will be overlooked for something that lacks all the things important to a great motion picture. Nicolas Cage is fantastic in this and brings back his old acting chops in this gritty and heart tugging performance as Rob the Truffle Hunter.


Pig is currently playing in theaters as well as on various VOD services.


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