Johnny Mad Dog


Johnny Mad Dog

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Average Rating: 3.4/5

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About child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.


Christophe Minie
as Johnny Mad Dog
Dagbeh Tweh
as No Good Advice
Barry Chernoh
as Small Devil
Mohammed Sesay
as Butterfly
Joseph Duo
as Never Die

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  • 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.

    Jan 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.

    Jan 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.

    Nov 4, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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.

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

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • War is brutalising, infantilising, dehumanising, requiring the unquestioning submission to authority. All soldiers are child soldiers: that is the bitterly cynical nightmare that Sauvaire's film insists upon to the very end.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A fearsome plunge into the world of child soldiers in present-day West Africa.

    Oct 18, 2008

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic

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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 Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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