Tom Robinson is a peaceful teacher who lives in California together with his wife Elizabeth. The two are trying to get kids and are enjoying their life together. When Elizabeth one day is riding horse and accidentally sees mob boss Dolan kill some people in the desert around Las Vegas, their life will never be the same again. Elizabeth decides to testify against Dolan but although the FBI promises to protect her, Dolan still manages to get her killed before trial starts. Tom is completely devastated and as it becomes clear to him that the law enforcement agencies are unable to take any action against a mobster like Dolan, he starts thinking of a plan to take justice into his own hands…
Sound and Vision:
Although the back cover of the Blu-ray mentions an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the movie is put on the disc as 2.40:1 which is closer to the original source (2.39:1). The image is mildly stylized which puts more emphasis in the dusty surroundings of the Vegas desert and also highlights Robinson’s state of mind. The image has nice shades of black, good contrast, plenty of detail and except some very minor grain here and there’s, no problems can be found.
The soundtrack comes with a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 and a DTS-HD track. Both sound nice but the surround speakers and subwoofer are hardly ever used, except for some music. The emphasis is on the front speakers where we get a good stereo sound image with crystal clear dialogues.
Dolan’s Cadillac is the latest movies based on work by Stephen King and this time it’s based on a short story with the same name that comes from the book “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”. Unlike most of King’s work, the horror element is less present and instead we get more of a revenge movie with some subtle King elements present.
The cast does an excellent job and for a small movie like this one it’s nice to see people like Christian Slater and Emanuelle Vaugier joining. Despite the fact that the movie only lasts 89 minutes, the plot is pretty simple and most focus goes towards character development which results in a very slow pace and needs a decent cast in order to keep the viewer interested. In that, Dolan’s Cadillac succeeds but still plenty of people will find it too slow, especially when compared to modern day blockbuster movies or even a simple revenge movie like Payback that’s filled with action.
Dolan’s Cadillac comes without extras (unless you call some trailers an “extra”)but in exchange you pay a small price for the Blu-ray.
All in all this is an interesting story that manages to rise above the average quality of most B-movies that are based on Stephen King’s work and the credit for that goes mostly towards the cast who do an excellent job.