Alpha Dog (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)
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- tigerbaby007112Jun 21, 2013by
ALPHA DOG is a tough movie to watch. The story, in part because it is true, is repugnant, and the slice of life in 1999 in San Gabriel Valley, California. But this heinous kidnap/murder of a 15-year-old kid by his peers is captured in an intense manner by writer/director Nick Cassavetes in the way he has cast, directed, and propelled this story of the infamous Jesse James Hollywood to the screen. It is tough to watch but it needed to be put in front of us to make us examine current parenting/adolescent dysfunction and the possible results. The story is so well known that summarizing it is most likely unnecessary. The cast is strong and includes Emil Hirsch as Johnny (the Alpha Dog), Justin Timberlake, Shawn Hatosy, Fernando Vargas, and Vincent Kartheiser as Johnny's 'gang' Ben Foster as the addicted debtor whose brother Anton Yelchin is killed and Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, David Thornton, and Harry Dean Stanton as some of the severely dysfunctional parents. They make a fine ensemble cast, especially the despicable characters they are asked to portray. Cassavetes ends his movie with a survey of the consequences faced by each of the characters and that helps bring closure to an otherwise difficult bit of history to swallow. Despite the horrifying material, the movie is well made.Read full review
- 36krrJul 10, 2015by
will watch again !
its about this young man that sells drugs has plenty of money and kinda takes care of business wrong , great movie , great acting , really puts you right there and you think " hey this can actually happen " .
- 618620c05db8dbb...Mar 09, 2009by
He takes his shirt off, sports tattoos, acts tough and smokes a shitload of weed. That's right, Justin Timberlake plays a shit-for-brains in Alpha Dog. His Frankie is head flunky for a snot-nosed California pot dealer (Emile Hirsch). But what Timberlake lacks in cool, he makes up for in cred. This is a fine, fierce dramatic performance, alive in the eyes, in the gestures that reveal a scared kid under Frankie's bravado. You watch Timberlake in this movie and you want to see him take on bigger risks. His comic touch shone brightly on a recent Saturday Night Live, especially in the skit where he stuck his dick in a box and made the girls open it. Mr. SexyBack has talent way beyond his voice and hunk appeal. And that it shows through in a movie this inane, inauthentic and irritating is a tribute to him.
Alpha Dog is a gloss on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood (Hirsch plays him as Johnny Truelove), arrested in 2005 for the 2000 kidnapping and murder of the teenage Nicholas Markowitz (Anton Yelchin plays the kid as Zack Mazursky). Writer-director Nick Cassavetes, whose rap sheet includes the execrable John Q and The Notebook, was reportedly given access to inside info on the case as it was happening.Read full review
- zzzzzzz7777777Sep 01, 2008by
Toxic Parents / Toxic Kids, mix with drugs and guns
The film that answers the question as to where all the young narcissists (jerks) come from!
The plot was intense, the acting and directing significantly above par, the sociological and philosophical statement very powerful.
A drug culture, unavailabe parents, a souless, hedonistic philosophy, guns and kids with no goals or discipline. The movie scared me since I had neighbors like these families in a million dollar neighborhood on the other coast.
The saddest statement came when an investigator I worked with gave a copy of this to a female attorney who should have learned from it. She had a son with above average intelligence who never really got into school and therefore had poor results. She and her husband were busy in their own world and she thought her sleezy clients were exciting, grass was great, the Sopranos were to be admired, and the world had a good number of wimps that you didn't have to respect in any way. He son was found nearly beated to death in a drug deal gone bad. He was almost 20, hadn't worked in months, was found behind a very bad bar in very bad shape and had nearly $1,000 in cash in his pocket. Not enough to pay the medical bills but he did live. Of course this was a small town in the midwest. Anyway, the PI sent the lawyer a copy of this film. She couldn't see that it had anything to do with her.
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- ccr_toledoMar 24, 2008by
*~*~ A So-So Movie. Less Than Expected ~*~* 5.5/10
ALPHA DOG seemed very interesting and caught our attention from day one from the preview trailers, so we ran out and bought it. After watching it, it didnt quite keep our "full" attention, and was less interesting than expected. Not a lot of action, somewhat "dry" at points, and the mid to end was very disappointing, as we expected a different ending.
The movie was "Inspired By True Events".
Most likely a movie we will not watch again, but maybe. :)
Our Overall Rating: 5.5/10
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