This film sets itself up to be a John Wick style movie. Pig is captured, violently, and loner woodsman is off to rescue it. That just screams action movie. He has no problem threatening people. We even find out he can take a lot of hits, lending to this idea that he'll be fighting. All this ends in a battle of emotions. He encounters people from his past who he defeats with words. I get the symbolism and value, but I don't appreciate the bait and switch mentality. It's basically violence blue balls. You have to set an intention when you watch a movie. You don't go into Schindler's List telling your friends, or thinking to yourself, this is going to be HILARIOUS. Messing with the intentions of the viewer is a bit disrespectful of our experience. So, I tell you: Go into this movie expecting to see the non-violent version of John Wick and you won't share that disappointment.
As for Cage, I am a hardcore fan of all his works, especially his new era of work. He's really come into this niche in cinema that you cannot find anywhere else. However, I found this character to be yet another brooding, mostly silent, Cage character he's done multiple times now. He did it with Mandy, Willy's Wonderland, and Color out of Space. I'm eager to see him do a new character. I had read this was some of his best work, but honestly, the only truly powerful moments were when he spoke with the chef he fired and the very last scene of the movie. Everything else was pretty par-for-the-course-broody-Cage acting.
Will still watching anything new he comes out with, but hopefully he can switch it up with some different genres and characters, soon, before the trope becomes tired.