Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
After an impatient and unremarkable first half in which callous mobsters and beautiful couples fight over who can come off as the most stereotypical, Dolan's Cadillac suddenly turns into a highly competent psychological study in its final part, centered around a conspicuous mental power struggle between two strong and believable characters who are drawn closer to each other (in more ways) than any of them would like to acknowledge. Stephen King, who wrote this as a short story back in 1993, returns to a territory he has walked before - most notably in Misery. This time, however, the caged and begging party is the ostensible bad guy, and with the roles reversed, King provides a clever and fresh focus. Are you able to keep hating Dolan until the very end? That is the big question in this chiller which goes from indifferent to engrossing during its running time. With a little better direction in the film's first part, Dolan's Cadillac could have ranked among King's most interesting films. Considering the absurdity of the situation, the final segment is remarkably believable - largely thanks to Christian Slater's great acting. Listen for James Mark Stewart's exciting theme score.