Dig (2022)

The film begins with something quite tragic and horrific. One evening, Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane) makes choices with disastrous consequences, leading to the death of his wife and his only daughter Jane (Harlow Jane), losing her hearing instantly. In the present day, Scott remains a widower and continues to raise Jane as best as possible. Since the tragedy, Jane has refused to speak to anyone and will only communicate via sign language.

Each day, Scott works in demolition and construction but fails to make ends meet. Focused on helping his daughter to hear once again, he discovers a new treatment that could help her but sadly is unable to afford it. Soon, an opportunity arises that could change everything for Scott. One day while working in the office, he is greeted by a stranger (Emile Hirsch) who needs someone with the right set of tools and skills to do some removal work in a home. Scott is instantly offered a large sum of cash, which would help to obtain treatment for Jane. Naturally, Scott accepts the cash job; however, as he begins to do the work, he makes a massive discovery within the house walls and is soon held hostage along with his daughter. Now Scott and Jane will be forced to dig up something secretive underneath the property, and if they fail to cooperate, they will be punished.

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Dig is best described as a thriller with some minor moments of drama along the way. Scott isn’t an overly likeable character to begin with, coming across as arrogant and overconfident. After the opening scene, we learn that Scott is on a personal journey not only to deal with his past wrongs and hurts, but in his relationship with his daughter. It’s a nice concept to see, and the added tragedy of being held hostage only heightens the premise.

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The performances in Dig are enjoyable. Actor Thomas Jane delivers various emotions and a character who differs as the film progresses, which was a nice touch to see. It’s evident that Emile Hirsch is having a blast playing an over-the-top role here, and while I’m not normally a fan of the actor, I can’t deny that him being quite loud and threatening is a treat to see.

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Sadly, Dig is also extremely cliché and familiar. We know that Scott is forced to Dig against his will, but naturally, things get in the way of him completing this simple task. Some examples are when Scott and his daughter attempt various escapes, and several strangers get in the way, slowing things down and making the bad guys even more frustrated. Side characters always appear just at the right time by fluke and coincidence. Another cliché element is the bad guys making various threats but never dishing out any real consequences, and it becomes “all talk”. Most importantly, the ending is highly predictable and lacks surprises. For the most part, the soundtrack also failed to match up with any form of tension or drama on-screen.

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Overall, Dig delivers a few fresh, solid moments of entertainment, mostly thanks to the film’s leads, including Thomas Jane and Emile Hirsch. The plot is touching and dramatic, which was a nice touch to see; however, Dig is filled with many cliché and familiar moments. While my investment level was solid, it was disappointing to find the ending lacked any real surprises, instead delivering something that feels safe, simple, and highly predictable. Dig (2022) is Available on DVD from September 28th.

4.9/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

22nd September 2022
Written by Peter Walkden

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Continuing from where we left Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his close friends in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), the entire world now knows the secret identity of Spider-Man.  Peter now spends his days dealing with the public, not to mention constant...

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Set in the year 1998, Umbrella Corporation has kept Raccoon City alive. However, things worsen for the high-tech pharmaceutical company when suspicion grows within the community.  Strange mishaps occur, including unusual deaths, and several dead bodies randomly...

Henchmen (2018)

Set in the near future, the film follows a young man named Lester (Thomas Middleditch), who has a heart and passion for becoming the ultimate henchman. But becoming a skilled henchman takes hard work and regular attendance at "Union of Evil", the school of...

Rose Plays Julie (2019)

Rose (Ann Skelly) thinks about her mother all the time. She wonders what kind of life she is living and what her mother is doing. She also thinks about what it would look like if the two were ever to meet face to face.  What kind of conversations would they have,...

Dune (2021)

Based on the well-known science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, Dune follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the son of a noble and well-respected family. Paul begins to have unexplained visions and dreams, which could be visions of moments from his future....

The Card Counter (2021)

Beginning with narration from William Tell (Oscar Isaac), we find out key details about this character's past.  Some of the important details include the fact William served a long time in prison and, while bored behind bars, he decided to learn and master the...

Patrick Ridremont – The Advent Calendar (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #PatrickRidremont, the director and writer of the new film #TheAdventCalendar (2021). Patrick is also a well-known actor in films, including Dead Man Talking (2012). The Advent...

The Advent Calendar (2021)

Eva (Eugénie Derouand) has been a paraplegic since a tragic accident three years ago. Currently, Eva enjoys swimming as a hobby and gets by financially working for an insurance company.  When Eva’s birthday comes around close to Christmas time, it seems she will...

Ditched (2021)

Melina (Marika Sila), a paramedic, and a group of other people wake up in an upside-down ambulance.  Shocked and surprised, Melina and the other survivors attempt to recall what happened to cause the ambulance to flip and crash. Melina recalls she was in the...

The Tunnel: The Other Side of Darkness (2021)

When it comes to Australian cinema, it’s no secret that we’ve all seen films that are just another found footage movie. Thankfully, some films were quite successful, memorable, and different from the rest. One of them was a mockumentary, The Tunnel, which was released...

The Tunnel (2011)

Natasha (Bel Belia) has carefully assembled her team, which consists of Peter (Andy Rodoreda), Steve (Steve Miller) and Tangles (Luke Arnold).  This group of journalists are investigating several government cover-ups relating to water, homelessness, history, and...

Titane (2021)

To describe this film’s plot in writing is one of the biggest challenges I have come across as a film reviewer. Titane begins with moments that are either tragic or uncomfortable.  None of these moments quite make sense and are unexplainable and bizarre....

Battle Drone (2018)

The film begins with the introduction of six highly skilled mercenaries. After completing another successful mission, the CIA approaches the group’s captain, Vincent Reikker (Louis Mandylor), with another job requiring him to reassemble the team and fly out to...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Continuing on from Venom (2018), Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a host for the alien symbiote known as Venom. In the present day, Eddie is determined to get his life back on track.  Right now, he’s known for being a failed reporter, currently single and struggling to...

The Browning Version (1994)

After teaching for over eighteen years, Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) is wrapping up his final days. His wife Laura (Greta Scacchi) will also be retiring after serving fifteen years.  When the school’s headmaster reveals to the students that Mr Andrew...

Best Sellers (2021)

Harris Shaw (Michael Caine) is an exhausted and angry old author who has since retired from writing. He lives his days trying to write on his typewriter while drinking alcohol and smoking heavily. Harris has decided to hide from the rest of the world, putting signs on...

Blue Bayou (2021)

Set in Louisiana, the film follows a Korean-American man named Antonio (Justin Chon).  Antonio lives with his partner Kathy (Alicia Vikander), who is currently pregnant, and his step-daughter Jessie (Sydney Kowalske). Right at the start of the film, we learn that...

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

Max Mercer is a 10-year old who has desires to get some quiet time away from his family. His wish is granted by mistake when Max is left home alone after his family fly out to Tokyo. On the flip side, we are also introduced to a married couple named Rob (Jeff...

The War Below (2021)

During World War I, the British are losing the fight as the German forces grow stronger each day and take more ground.  Soon, a major discovery is made that the Germans are working underground, keeping their forces hidden from the battlefield. ...

A Reflection of Fear (1972)

A young girl named Marguerite (Sondra Locke) lives with her mother and grandmother in New England. Marguerite lives a disturbing life with several things daily haunting her.  She also has conversations with a mysterious person who lives in her bedroom.  But...

No Time To Die (2021)

Continuing from where we last left them, James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeline (Lea Seydoux) are living a free and peaceful life, but it’s sadly short-lived. Bond has moved on from working as a secret agent but soon gets a visit from Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright),...

Julia (2021)

Julia is a documentary that follows the life and journey of Julia Child.  Julia was well known for her work on television and was a famous cookbook writer.  But this isn’t just about Julia’s love for food; we also discover about her upbringing, her time...

Dead & Beautiful (2021)

A group of five young adults are all wealthy and bored in life. Each week, one member from the group selects an activity for them to complete, each attempting to allow the group to do something unlike anything they've never done before. One particular week, one of...

The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

A prequel to the Emmy award-winning TV Series, the Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark is a brutal and often confronting insight into organised crime in 1960s New York.  Told perfectly through the eyes of Christopher Moltisanti, the film navigates Tony...

Eternals (2021)

Continuing after the events of Avengers Endgame, Eternals introduces us to a new group of heroes.  We learn that the Eternals are ancient aliens who have been roaming around our Earth for thousands of years.  They exist in secret and have protected humans...

Escape from Death Block 13 (2021)

Mick (Robert Bronzi) travels to America, visiting a recycling factory to seek justice for his brother’s family after he sadly died while working on-site.  The company’s owner (Nicholas Turturro) has no interest in paying the outstanding debt regardless of the...