Alpha Dog

2006

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / Thriller

70
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 93505

Synopsis


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Cast

Amber Heard as Alma
Olivia Wilde as Angela Holden
Amanda Seyfried as Julie Beckley
Bruce Willis as Sonny Truelove
720p.BLU
444.22 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 57 min
P/S 4 / 40

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 6 / 10

Lower California.

Described as a docudrama, it's really a feature film that follows the time line of events pretty closely but perforce must introduce fictionalized dialog. That's okay. Nobody was taking notes and the dialog is convincing enough. The armature of the story is that some guy owes some other guy thirty large but he won't pay up, so the creditors kidnap the debtor's younger brother, take good care of him for a few days, and then, despite his swearing not to tell anyone about his so-called kidnapping, they shoot him full of holes in the desert in the mistaken belief that the fifteen-year-old hostage would squeal anyway and all the gang would get life imprisonment. It reminded me of "Kids" except that this was far more violent.

It serves as an introduction to the anomic life of teen agers in the prettiest parts of Southern California -- Pomona, Montclair, Palm Springs. Their families are middle class but the kids themselves transcend social class. They form a logical set of their own. None seems to have a job. One muses about "taking a course" but it's clear that they have little interest in anything except the goings on of their own clique. They might find a graphic novel too challenging. Some of them wouldn't be able to find their home town on a map. They lack curiosity.

What interests them the most is dope and money. Sex is readily available, with the beautiful girls (all with the same hair style) as eager as the boys, sometimes more eager. One girl applies all sorts of ministrations to her boy friend but he can't get it up. (And the girl is the unimpeachably beautiful Olivia Wilde.) The truly amazing thing is that ANY of the boys can get it up. They suck on bongs, smoke weed constantly, and drink hard liquor straight out of the bottle. No wonder some of them have a problem.

It struck me that the parties ranged from ecstatic displays to bloody rage, with very little in between, a kind of binary party. But it's a little hard to reconcile this with the effects of marijuana or opiates with violence. Nevertheless, the violence is there and Ben Foster as one of the over-tattooed skin heads gets the palm for particularly intense role enactment. The guy is a human wrecking ball, trashing houses, decking three or four adversaries, and wearing white after Labor Day. Only one of these aimless guys shows any common sense but he's swept up in the plot anyway. They're all on the same hedonic treadmill.

I wish that at least one of them would open a book or be seen watching something other than bad Westerns and cartoons. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and so is a whole generation.

Reviewed by mattkratz 7 / 10

OK at best

This is a crime/drug movie. It has an outstanding cast (Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Emile Hirsch, Sharon Stone, the late Anton Yelchin, etc.), but it wasn't quite an outstanding movie. It experiments with techniques like split screen, documentary style, and other styles, but doesn't stick with them long enough, and those work to a certain degree. The movie was a bit unpleasant and featured a gratuitous amount of violence and language (as can be expected for a movie like this), and a story was somewhat present if a little difficult to follow. My favorite scene was the Marco Polo scene in the pool. The cast did try hard and work fairly well together, but the end result wasn't really a classic.

** out of ****

Reviewed by Python Hyena 7 / 10

Omega Dog!

Alpha Dog (2006): Dir: Nick Cassevettes / Cast: Emile Hirsch, Shawn Hatosy, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Anton Yelchin: Very depressing story of a drug deal gone wrong and the consequences upon the innocent. A kidnap victim sees his circumstance as a vacation due to the nature of his captures. Although well paced the solution may not be the most satisfactory. Director Nick Cassevettes shoots this like a live documentary, which may be the point since this is based on true events. Cassevettes previously made The Notebook as well as a despicable piece of junk called She's So Lovely. Emile Hirsch plays the drug leader responsible for the kidnapping due to a confrontation with someone else. His actions will have him on the run with possible death penalty consequences. Shawn Hatosy plays a gay player too willing to do Hirsch's bidding, and to aid a debt he agrees to perform a murder. Ben Foster plays victim's hot headed brother who threatens to kill the drug leader but all ends on a loss. Justin Timberlake is the surprise casting as one of the kidnappers whom forms a bond with the victim yet consequently must perform an unwilling task. Anton Yelchin plays the victim drawn in through deceit and sex that ultimately leads to depressing events. Very well made film but portraying kidnapping as fun and games may strike a bad cord that turns ugly fast. Score: 7 / 10

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