Alpha

Alpha

DVD - 2018 | EnglishFrench version.
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In the last Ice Age, while on a hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone, he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learns to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: EnglishFrench version.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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scribby
May 21, 2019

There are a few plot holes (How'd he get back up that cliff?) but overall this is a fascinating anthropological excursion into the deep past. Customs, clothing, weapons, and language all seem authentic, and the cinemetography almost beggars parallel. (The language is based on "Proto-Nostratic" and/or "Proto-Dené–Caucasian" -- theoretical ancient languages made by comparing reconstructed ancestors of today's languages spoken in the region where the movie takes place.) The dog (an actual wolf-dog!) is almost as good an actor as the humans. This movie is also an ice-age version of "The Revenant" (though slightly less bloody), so fans of that movie may like this as well.

Safe, interesting, entertaining, and clever. It's refreshing seeing something remotely original, but also genuinely well made and acted.

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scorpion_2
May 18, 2019

The high point is on-going in this film: the great cinematography. It captures well the environment of a pristine, yet unspoiled planet of 20,000 years ago. Well acted, a great story, great for the kids to watch also despite the brutality of life depicted in those days. The wolf dog should have gotten an Oscar. Worth watching more than once.

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ooppii
May 18, 2019

Not 100% accurate historically or ecologically, but 100% interesting to watch. Very well made movie. Good directing.

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akirakato
May 02, 2019

Directed by Albert Hughes in 2018, this American historical drama depicts the adventure of a young hunter who encounters and befriends an injured dire wolf during the last ice age.
Beautifully filmed and action-packed, this drama appears captivating and awe-inspiring.
If you're a dog lover, this is a must-see.

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feralranger
Apr 10, 2019

What a total surprise this film was. I did not expect it to be so compelling. No English is spoken and I was expecting the prehistoric peoples to be grunting and ignorant as they are often depicted that way in film. Not here. It has brutality but it also has tenderness and love between human and animal. I say take a chance on this little gem. I am not someone who likes to watch movies more than once or twice. This one I will watch again in time.

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milirick
Apr 07, 2019

A movie that needs no dialogue. Great visuals depicts man’s enslavement, excuse me, bond with dogs.

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rugolin
Mar 29, 2019

You could have called this The Paleolithic Revenant as it is almost the same story as the 2015 movie with Leo Decaprio. It is just as beautiful to look in creating this overwhelming slightly alien environment with wide vistas,megafauna and brilliant nighttime cosmos looking down on our early ancestors. It is also just as completely ridiculous as the Revenant in what the hero can go through and still survive. (eg Don't walk through blinding blizzards that cause swift hypothermia)

The big pull in the story is not the cute factor of puppies but the fascinating origin of the friendship between two species that has endured for 35,000(?)years. The dog is the only large carnivore that humans have successfully domesticated to become a very formidable team in human survival and success though I don't think it happened like in Alpha. It is amazing how well dogs can read our gestures and pay attention to us in a level of communication that were millenniums in forming. We have even evolved together as dogs have the ability to breakdown starch(unlike wolves which cannot) like us after the advent of agriculture. The power of that first friendship may be lost in prehistory but resonates strongly on screen especially in the end story twist and closing Kubrickian 2001 like shot.

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Settingeasy
Mar 12, 2019

Great little boy and his dog story. Sweet and well done.

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margarita89
Mar 03, 2019

Incredibly harrowing, heartwarming and inspiring epic! The story of Keda, a young warrior growing from boy to man. When Keda is left for dead, far from his tribe and his father nowhere to be seen, the young innocent boy must grow up quickly, becoming the warrior his tribal leader father wants him to be and find his home alone across a barren snow-filled landscape dotted with nothing but danger, the sky and the wolf he isn't certain won't just kill him or save both their lives.

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Reianshitsu
Mar 16, 2019

You take a life to give life to your tribe... Life is not given, it's earned.

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