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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Brutal violence in generic father-daughter hostage thriller.

Movie R 2022 90 minutes
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This generic thriller has its moments, but it struggles to come up with reasons to keep the four main characters together, and it stumbles all too frequently. From the first moments of Dig, which depict Brennan and Jane's life-changing tragedy, scenes are shaped in ways that, rather than generating sympathy, make you frustrated with the characters' rash, unthinking actions. Further frustrating are their silly, futile attempts to escape from Vic and Lola, without ever having much of a plan; even the final moments feel somehow unfinished and unsatisfying.

For their part, Vic and Lola are like a low-budget version of Mickey and Mallory from Natural Born Killers, expressing their psychotic love for each other and cracking jokes over their fresh kill. Both Hirsch and Liberato wildly overact in their roles, a poor decision for such a small-scale movie that would have benefited from more subtlety. And while Jane's real-life daughter, Harlow, does a fine job as "Jane" (honestly, couldn't the writers have changed the character's name?), more authentic casting for a deaf character might have been preferable. All in all, Dig could have been a tense, small-scale chess game, but instead it just winds up in the dirt.

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