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JUNE 5, 2014

Adapted from the Stephen King short story that appeared in his anthology Nightmares & Dreamscapes, DOLAN’S CADILLAC is mildly entertaining yet ultimately falters, like the story’s titular vehicle, under its own weight. 

Robinson’s (Wes Bentley) wife Elizabeth (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is murdered when she plans to testify against Las Vegas mob boss (and human trafficker), Dolan (Christian Slater). 

Devastated by the loss and the inability of the police to bring Dolan to justice, Robinson decided to take justice into his own hands with an elaborate scheme to make Dolan suffer for all the misery he has brought to others. 

The film is a pretty standard revenge flick that tries desperately to sustain itself for it’s already threadbare 88min. run time. The plot of the story has been fleshed out but it’s quite evident that it serves only to make the film feature length. 

What’s a little odd about the movie (but something I actually give it points for) is that it has an existential spin to it and plays almost like a precursor to Nicholas Winding Refn’s DRIVE (2011). This alone elevates it beyond the typical. 

The cast does a good job with the material but ultimately DOLAN’S CADILLAC has a hard time getting out of first gear. It’s not a movie I can particularly recommend but if you’re a fan of Stephen King or of the short story itself, it’s worth a look.