Rain Dogs, 2005

The Film:

Rain DogsThe cover of Rain Dogs looks a bit like reservoir dogs, though the description looks plenty interesting enough starting with “In the high-octane fueled crime caper…”, always a good start. Two of the thieves go on a tour of a Scottish castle and nick the most valuable piece of artwork there through overpowering the guides. The idea being an insurance scam to net the owners a tidy sum and the thieves a pretty penny too. Their meticulous plan steadily falls apart as the film progresses, hell it wouldn’t be interesting if it all went smoothly would it? The 3mill they were meant to get drops to a measly 300k, so new plans have to be made…

The team split into two’s and try to find their hide out joint whilst their waiting for the deal to go through, one bunch arranging some fun for when they get their whilst the true masterminds get lost on their way. A load of booze and a couple of hookers later and the remaining two arrive to a party in full swing. One hooker spots the painting, though is rapidly drugged into a hedonistic high and the 4 ho’s leave in the morning. The next day they get the amount increased, but not to what they want.

Yet again there hideout plans don’t go too well, after a brawl in a boozer, they have to move and so go to a hunting lodge, rather unsurprisingly their hunting does not go without event…With one of the gang accidentally getting shot. A copper doing the rounds inquiring about the fight turns up at the lode and is nicely palmed off. Clearly they’ve got to move on, whilst driving the next day the they learn one of the guys from the brawl died, and the girl’s hedonistic high resulted in her O.D.ing.

So far the robbery went well, the amount they were going to get has been slashed, a dead hooker, a bar brawl, one dead from that, a copper has said hello, one has been accidentally shot, and now one of the cars has picked up 2 Swedish girls on the way to the next hideout. The cars get separated, as the plans going so well, the 2 with the swede’s in the car decide to shag ’em on route… on then drop ’em off further down the road.

When the first 2 arrive at the hideout, the gun accidentally goes but eventually they get settled. Go on a fishing trip the next day, and 2 of the girls that they met up with previously come round – one’s a nurse and so patches up the guy that got shot. The 2 lads and 2 girls seem to be getting on quite well, go back to the house and discover that the painting’s actually a fake!

They contact the buyers to see pitch a new deal, saying they’ve got a buyer lined up who wants to see the painting first, and go out for the day to a whiskey distillery. They agree to meet having persuaded more cash from the buyers. On route, the copper turns up – turns out she’s only a special cunstable and is thinking of packing it in… hey presto, William the lady’s man rapidly beds her and runs out after she try’s to cuff him in the sack – furry cuffs mind, never know if she’s onto them properly or not.

The meet goes well, they’ve been wired the money they wanted and are now trying to scam a few more pennies from the buyers. In order to swap the fake for the original they go back to the castle to meet with “The Duke”, they take the fake, he turns up with a machine gun… the cops are called and you’ll have to watch it to see what happens…

In the end it probably couldn’t have turned out much better… other than they only net 150k each rather than the 750k, with a bit of a twist at the end!

All in all a good film, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you wandering where it’ll go, I’ve left out a couple of bits, so even after reading this it’s no doubt still very much worth watching.

The Background:

The story for the film was originally inspired by a piece of graffiti director Robbie Moffat saw on a toilet wall in Glasgow. Securing a grant from the Scottish Arts Council in late 2003, he developed a unique ‘interactive community collaboration program’ where the initial synopsis was plastered on the walls of public toilets in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and John O’Groats and further plot developments were added by members of the public, chain-story style.

The various plot developments were then posted on the now defunct ‘RainingintheToilet.com’ website created for the film, and the public were invited to vote on which ones should be included in the screenplay for the finished film. Although only 37 people responded – the majority either members of the cast and crew or their immediate family – this formed the finished screenplay. To add a further element of ‘serendipitous chaos,’ the cast were only given a broad outline of the story and only told of the content of scenes before they were filmed.

In three cases, most notably the key robbery scene, the cast were not told the content of the scene until after it had been filmed because Moffat hoped the actors would inhabit their roles so completely that they would intuitively do what was in the script. Although this did not prove to be the case, Moffat left the cast’s version of the robbery in the film on the grounds that “it was raw honesty, and truth is always better than fiction.”

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