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|Alpha Dog |
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, Matthew Barry
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
They grew up together in the suburbs of LA, living their own version of the American dream, with every day a blur of partying and looking for the next thrill. Johnny (Emile Hirsch, Lords of Dogtown) is the leader in their ... more »
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Sandra P. from ASHEBORO, NC
Reviewed on 10/24/2014...
This is one of the most true, cruel stories AMERICAS MOST WANTED TV SHOW ever showed , for many weeks..they told of a criminal teenager, named, "Hollywood"...who mercilessly murdered an innocent young teenage boy...the movie is so realistic in its portrayal of how this all went down..takes you up thru the last 3 days or so of this teenager. The star of this movie is Justin Timberlake, who was very very believable in his role, of a teen who wished he could've changed Crime Boss Hollywoods' decree to murder the brother of a guy who owed him a few grand for dope..I promise you, this movie is fascinating til the very end...the beginning is a bit awful with the portrayal of a drug den, cursing and what not..but, that calms down somewhat...just overlook the cursing, and follow the sad, sad stor of this teenage boy who gave his life to settle a drug debt..sad, but so very true..you will not regret looking at it..only reason I am parting with it, is I have another copy!
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Pamela G. (pamgram1) from CHAFFEE, MO
Reviewed on 4/8/2010...
This movie will tear at your heart. It is difficult to believe that this is based on true events. All the cast of characters played their part perfectly. You know who is going to die, but it still comes as a surprise when someone actually does it. This is a great movie to really make you think.
THE MORE LIGHTHEADED IT LOOKS, THE SCARIER
Anton Ilinski | Moscow, Russia | 03/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Truelove (Hirsch) is pushing weed to local teenagers and everything seems to be fine in his quiet life till his authority is questioned by a fascist jew(!) Mazursky (Foster) who furthermore is not giving Johnny back $1200 he borrowed. Truelove and his friends then kidnap Mazursky's 15-year-old brother Zack (Yelchin) and hold him as a hostage. Zack is OK with being a hostage - parties, booze, weed and girls are definately better than sitting home with wonk parents. Everybody's having a great time, kids fool around and it seems like we observe ordinary teenagers' life, only sometimes captions appear at the sides of the screen calling every new character number next witness. And it makes you feel uneasy. We know the film is based on true events, hence we know something bad will happen, but till the very end I personally refused to believe it actually will.
Alpha Dog is a movie about a crime which was commited not by some malicious intent, but rather by an absolute bluntness and with a total recklessness of the characters involved. These 20-year-olds behave like small kids - having commited something bad they are afraid of upcoming punishment and descend deeper into crime. They don't believe themselves they're capable to do something terrible and they can't stop when it's not yet too late. They are just a bunch of silly kids hence the outcome is utterly disturbing although we saw it coming.
Alpha Dog is a remarkable film, but to tell the truth - it's overshadowed by such works as The Chumscrubber or Bully. Nick Cassavetes did a great job, but still Larry Clark's movies, for instance, have a greater impact on you. Alpha Dog's impact is based more on the fact that all the ivents shown here really happened some time ago. And I'm sure they still take place in different corners of our world. So it's another flick for you if you want to know what modern youth is. It won't leave you indifferent for sure."
When the parents are away...
Movie_Fan | Texas | 04/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is based on the true story of the kidnapping of Zack Mazursky (Yelchin) by "drug dealer" Johnny Truelove(Hirsch) and his "posse". The basics is that they kidnap the 15 year-old kid so that his older brother pays up the 1200 dollars he owes Truelove. But the whole plan goes awry and Zack ends up being killed.
In itself the movie isn't that original. It's themes we've already seen a million times : the disenchanted, bored youth who play drug dealers in California. But what makes this different is that it's a true story, and that fact alone turns the movie into a dark, almost horror, story that ends up haunting you and staying with you long after the end credits. This actually ends up saving the movie from itself, not turning it into another one of those horrible laugh-out-loud movies like "Havoc". What helps is also the opening credits, where when you reach the end you end up asking yourself "how did they get from there to here?"
The acting is average. It's not bad but there aren't that many great performances. The breakout star in all of this would probably have to be Justin Timberlake who shows he can act and gives an emotional level to the story, without which the movie would be doomed. I think most of it has to do with the script though, because you seriously have to wonder if they actually talked like that. Sharon Stone is also fairly decent as Zack's mother, that is until the end. Another honorable mention would have to be Ben Foster who just chews up the script.
But as Bruce Willis' character so insightfully points out, this movie is really about parenting...bad parenting at that. It's another movie that shows what happens when the parents don't give a damn and let their kids run all over the place and do whatever they want. But throughout the movie I also really wanted to slap the kids for taking stupidity to a whole new level, which is frightening considering it's based on a true story.
The only other negative point about the movie is that it runs about 15 minutes too long, with Sharon Stone's last scene that fails to inspire compassion and sadness at the whole situation and ends up being just ridiculous.
On the whole it's a decent movie worth seeing once and that won't leave you indifferent."
Gutsy and brilliant
SRV | Austin, Texas USA | 02/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Recently our cinemas have been packed with high concept "product" that caters to the lowest common denominator of entertainment and to the least discriminating film goer. What this says about our culture is distrubing at best. How thrilled I was then to see Nick Cassavetes brilliant "Alpha Dog." It must have taken guts to make a film this bold and unrelentling. From the opening credits with the late Eva Cassidy's haunting rendition of "Over The Rainbow" to the final denouement I was entertained, laughed, cried and moved beyond imagining. Justin Timberlake was very good as was Anton Yelchin. Ben Foster looked like he was living the part of the drug addled Jake. Robert Fraisse's cinematography was stunning as well. Southern California's sun drenched decadence gleamed like a jewel unable to concel the rot at it's core. This is a movie people will love or hate. All the best ones are like that. Nick Cassavetes is taking an interesting path in his work and I'm looking forward to what he has in store for us next."