Main cast: Wes Bentley (Tom Robinson), Christian Slater (Jimmy Dolan), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Elizabeth Robinson), Greg Bryk (Chief), Aidan Devine (Roman), Al Sapienza (Fletcher), Karen LeBlanc (Delta), Cory Generoux (Pedro), Vivian Ng (Jun Li), Patrick Bird (Jose), Eugene Clark (Tink), Max Keene (Danny), Robert Benz (Sheriff Bob), and Timothy Allen (Marshall)
Director: Jeff Beesley
Oh my goodness, it must be a cheap sale at the talent agency or something, because both Wes Bentley and Christian Slater – both of whom would be considered C-list actors these days if one is feeling magnanimous – are in the same movie together! Dolan’s Cadillac, however, is a movie adaptation of a Stephen King story – a novella, mind you, not a full length story, which means it is pretty awful by default.
Tom and Elizabeth Robinson are a happily married couple in Vegas, going about being nauseatingly cute and all, until Elizabeth stumbles upon crime boss Jimmy Dolan doing his human trafficking and narrowly escaping with her life. The law can’t do much other than to put them under Witness Protection Program, as there is nothing to incriminate Dolan in any way. Even then, Elizabeth gets blown up anyway. Enraged, Tom begins to take the law in his own hands.
Wes Bentley is always easy on the eyes, but he’s either coked to the gills or he really doesn’t want to be in this movie, as he is barely trying here. He delivers his line in a monotone, and he sports only a single facial expression for every occasion. The star of the show is actually Christian Slater, whose manic and sleazy yet inexplicably charismatic Dolan steals every scene he is in. Even then, he isn’t enough to keep this movie from being a complete snooze. A big part of this problem is that the script is filled with many filler scenes that are designed to stretch the length of the film, and worse, Mr Bentley has to carry the bulk of these scenes on his near-comatose shoulders.
The best part of this otherwise unremarkable and utterly forgettable movie is the last quarter or so, when Tom finally gets his gruesome revenge on Dolan. Even then, that scene doesn’t know when to stop, and soon it too outlives its welcome by being so repetitive after a while.
Dolan’s Cadillac never really get its engine started, and it’s best to just watch the last quarter or so of this movie if one is really, really bored and have nothing else to do.