Rabid Dogs is a remake of the 1974 film of the same name which stars Lambert Wilson and Virginie Ledoyen as our captives. Personally I have not seen which in a way is a good thing as I get the watch this with fresh eyes. This is a gritty french road thriller movie as a whole with your usual heist gone wrong kind of feel. We have our three bumbling criminals, all of whom you can tell are not 100% natural to this kind of thing, the damsel who is dragged into the middle of it all but this time you have the added fear of a father and his very sick child to contend with. there is a constant on the edge feel throughout the film as our father, whose name, as with our female hostage is never revealed through the film, must do as he is told in order to get her to the hospital for a transplant. What follows is the usual on the run tropes including the road block, several escape attempts and the one unhinged criminal who can't seem to leave the female character alone (although I hear this is tamed down compared to the original film).
The film took a strange turn in the village scene, a very odd scene to be honest which could have been changed to a less cult party like feel but hey ho that's what we got (not a fan of the part). As a whole the film up to this point was a so so watch, the acting was good and the Wilson did a great job as the father, and this was strengthen by the ending, an ending which pushed this film from a possible 2 1/2 stars to a solid 3. I loved the ending of Rabid Dogs, it was an ending I wasn't expecting and it added that final bit to this puzzle.
I can see this being remade as a US film, and that will be a shame. On saying that I could see Bryan Cranston being a great american counterpart for the father character. As a whole Rabid Dogs was an okay watch, it had the action when needed, the acting was good but was let down by the village scene. Worth a watch though.