Movie Review: Alpha Dog

June 27, 2007


Alpha Dog was a movie I was anxiously awaiting to see. I bought the film on HD-DVD a few weeks ago, and finally got around to watching it last night. I was interested to see how it would turn out, as it has an excellent young up-and-coming cast, and a director I am a big fan of.The director is Nick Cassavetes, who also directed John Q and The Notebook. He wrote Alpha Dog, as well.

The film has a great ensemble cast, of which includes Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door), Shawn Hatosy (John Q, The Faculty), Ben Foster (Six Feet Under, X-Men 3, Hostage), Olivia Wilde (The O.C., Turistas), Anton Yelchin (Hearts In Atlantis), Dominique Swain (Lolita), Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls), Justin Timberlake (yes, that Justin Timberlake), as well as Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis.

Some of those names you may not be familiar with, but you will be very soon. Of them, I was most impressed with Ben Foster, Anton Yelchin and Justin Timberlake. Foster is an incredible actor, and I have been a fan of his work since I first saw him on Six Feet Under. He’s slowly starting to get bigger and better roles, and at this point in time, may be the most successful Six Feet cast member since the show’s end.

Anton Yelchin is a great young actor. He plays “Zach”, the young boy who goes “missing”. He has appeared in several TV shows, such as Without a Trace, The Practice, Law & Order and many others. He is a name to watch out for.

One of the things I was looking forward to seeing the most, was Timberlake’s performance. I enjoyed his work in the critically-panned Edison, and was interested in seeing what he’d do in a film with a good story. I was extremely impressed. The guy has serious talent, and has the potential to break out as a film star. He has incredible charisma, and seems so natural behind the camera. I’m not afraid to admit that I really enjoy his work, and feel he is one of the most talented individuals in the entertainment industry.

Now down to the film. It’s a true story, based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Hollywood, who is re-named Johnny Truelove in the film, kidnaps the young brother of a man who owes him money. The film progresses from there, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The acting is excellent, as is the direction.

The pace of the film is wonderfully done, and it’s an entertaining journey, as you anxiously watch to see how the events will unfold. It has several hilarious segments, as well as some very touching moments as well. It’s also a harsh, knock you off your seat drama. It hits every type of genre, and stays entertaining from start to finish.

I would highly recommend it, as I feel regardless of your favorite flavor of film, you will enjoy Alpha Dog.

My Rating: 9/10


One comment

  1. I really liked this movie…good review!

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