‘Getting out is the deadly part’
Dig is a 2022 American crime thriller about a father and daughter taken captive in their soon-to-be demolished home that holds a secret.
Directed by K. Asher Levin (Alexander IRL; Cougars Inc; Sweetie Pie) from a screenplay written by Banipal Ablakhad and Benhur Ablakhad. Produced by Jason Armstrong, Daniel Cummings, Robert Dean and Rob Goodrich.
The house of a widowed father (Thomas Jane) and his daughter who suffers from major hearing loss (Harlow Jane) is up for demolition. After arriving at the construction site they are soon taken hostage by a dangerous couple (Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato), who will stop at nothing to retrieve what lies beneath the property. The father and daughter must work together to outsmart their captors and survive the gruelling night…
In the US, Saban Films will release Dig theatrically in select locations and On-Demand (VOD) on September 23, 2022.
“Dig falls into pits of monologuing that stop the feature cold, and what lies beneath the patio isn’t something worth waiting around for. Dig has one single moment of tension, never able to reach that level again once it becomes stuck in a drab location with dismal characters playing tedious games of intimidation.” 2/5, Blu-ray.com
“Levin clearly intended to offer us a desert noir thriller. Yet every creative choice appears to distract from this aim, from the bland cinematography to the odd choice of score. As a result, Dig never finds its voice and becomes a mundane paint-by-numbers thriller with a ridiculous conclusion.” 2/5, Cinerama Film
“Both Hirsch and Liberato wildly overact in their roles, a poor decision for such a small-scale movie that would have benefitted 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.” Common Sense Media
“One would rather rewatch modern westerns than spend time in this film as it isn’t thematically deep unless one is desperate to find some meaning from it. Even if a movie isn’t meant to be laced with themes, mindless action for the fight buffs is also lacking. If one does watch this, they may depart with the following thought – I’ve seen that one before.” High on Films
“Any film can be compelling if it is executed with style or inspiration, but Dig is about as run-of-the-mill as it sounds. Even the name is boring. The only thing really notable about it is the casting of Thomas Jane and his real-life daughter Harlow Jane […] In fact, they often bicker like they really are father and daughter, giving the film credibility, but also making it painful to watch. J.B. Spins
“Dig is an entertaining thriller with a strong emotional core, the drama between Brennan and his daughter. It’s also a rather silly and improbable one, where you have to let some logic slide and watch characters make ridiculous decisions. You also have to go along with the fact that Brennan and Jane have plot armor…” Life Between Frames
“The performances are convincing enough within the scope of characters whose motives and levels of intelligence shift depending on the needs of the plot, but when a movie puts matters of plot and conflict above everything else, those elements had better be solid. They aren’t in Dig—not by a long shot.” 1.5/4, Mark Reviews Movies
“While I expected nothing but the best from Hirsch and Tom Jane, Harlow Jane (daughter of Tom Jane and Patricia Arquette) was the film’s biggest surprise. She was an absolute presence every time she was on screen, which was a tall order considering the limitation she had as a character (I’m not going to spoil it, I suggest you don’t!) I’m pretty excited to see where she goes from here; hopefully, she gets the opportunity to show her range in more films.” 4/5, Overly Honest Movie Reviews
“Dig had the potential to be much better than it was. Strong performances are wasted and the film ultimately doesn’t deliver. Dig’s short runtime, pace, and certain elements of the script make it a decent watch, but there are much better options out there.” Punch Drunk Critics
” …the music in the film is outstanding […] In the film’s more somber moments it dials back to a rustic folk sound that elevates what is an otherwise missable movie. Behind the camera, very little is going in terms of direction or cinematography and the script can be outright terrible. Sadly, Dig has little to offer audiences other than its magnificent soundtrack.” 1.5/5, Screen Rant
” …the inability on behalf of the writers to find meaningful ways to justify the length stifles the movie from hitting the nerves as it does towards the beginning and end […] It starts and ends well, but 50 or so minutes of a 90-minute runtime are spent in static, rerunning tired tropes with little to add aside from some good work from Thomas and Harlow Jane.” 2.5/5, Voices from the Balcony
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