Johnny Mad Dog 2011

Johnny Mad Dog

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Authentic and confrontational, Johnny Mad Dog is a punishing depiction of the lives of child soldiers that is difficult to shake.

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An African teen (Christophe Minie) leads a band of young fighters on a bloody rampage through local villages.

Cast & Crew

Christophe Minie
Johnny Mad Dog
Dagbeth Tweh
No Good Advice
Barry Chernoh
Small Devil
Leo Boyeneh Kote
Pussy Cat
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Director
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Screenwriter
Benoît Jaubert
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Elisa Larrière
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Alexandre Lippens
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Jackson Tennesse Fourgeaud
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Marc Koninckx
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Alex Vivet
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Mad Dog

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5)

  • Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's deftly stylized camerawork reminds us at key intervals that what we're seeing is artifice, dramatization.

    January 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is harrowing and hard to forget. But just when you think there's no hope, Sauvaire throws in a tearful moment of redemption.

    January 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sauvaire, hesitating between a protest picture and a glam-squalid imagist orgy, only succeeds in scattering human rubble across the screen.

    January 18, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Basically, talented French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has too much style on his hands. His film isn't as amorally grandiose as City of God. Nor does it achieve the hulking tragedy of Gomorrah.

    November 4, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What end does a harrowing and horrifying film like this serve? Understanding? Political awareness? I'm not sure. One thing is certain: you won't forget it in a hurry.

    October 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film sees war as a deadener of moral and physical inhibition, a paradoxical state where there are no winners or losers, just the living and the dead. Stunning.

    October 23, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Johnny Mad Dog

  • Sep 18, 2010
    child and young adults fighting a war against there goverment, a unflinching acount, of what happens in these situations, here its a unnamed country, but situatin has happend many times, young kids forced at gunpoint to join the rebels, even going as far as to kill there parents, or be killed themselves, we follow a grup f rebels, murdering, raping and pillaging across the land, the violence at times raw, with many tence moments invlving firepower, the large cast of unknowns are exellent, and you really hate them, and along with other perfrmances, especially a young girl performer, in a big part, it fits tgether well, the look and production is faultless, and story takes you places, a well made film about war
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2010
    Powerful insight into the psyche of child soldiers with a mesmerising central performance and a real driving energy but shrouded in the darkness of the subject material.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2009
    An angry film that will accomplish one thing. Making the viewer angry. Children are taken from the street, taken from their parents and trained for warfare. Children not even teenagers yet, taken by revolting armies and sent out to kill someone. Or rather just anyone. They think you're a goverment agent, they kill you. They kill you in the name of a revolting army that would replace a military regime... With another military regime. Filmed in Liberia, but taking place in an unnamed country as it could be several different countries. There are so many questions and issues in this film and so few answers or even suggestions. The UN are seen on occasion, but it's not economically sound to get involved in the conflict or some such. It's a hard film to like, there is only portrayal and no discussion. But it's also hard not to acknowledge it's merits. I guess since nothing much is done about the problem, it will have a chance of enlightening someone...? If you really don't know about this problem then you should definitely see this, but it will offer you nothing new if you've followed world affairs, and think this is a documentary.
    a z Super Reviewer

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