A retired Navy Seal
who for a time was a military advisor on the Colombian drug trade, Jason Cabell
conceived his first solo feature as writer-director to tell the story of that particular commerce “from the point of view of the drugs.” The result isn’t exactly a docudrama indictment like “Traffic
,” a thriller a la “Sicario
,” a plea for innocent victims, or a Tarantino-esque bloody crime comedy. Rather, “Running With the Devil
” is all the above, confidently blending together many narrative and tonal elements into a surprisingly cohesive whole.
With a cast of familiar faces toplined by the inescapable Nicolas Cage
, . It will find viewers primarily via home formats, as “Running
” bows this weekend on just 10 U.S. screens simultaneous with VOD and digital launch.
After an ominous prologue that we’ll eventually get back to involving the grim fate of a bound, naked man, Cabell’s script begins