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Alpha Dog

3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWY6XE

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously powerful 21 Aug 2007
You might think that being based on the true life tale of Jesse James Hollywood (it's really only the names that are changed), all the tension would be gone from this movie - we all already know the ending, right? In this case, however, that doesn't happen, and that's totally down to the relationship between Anton Yelchin as the eventual victim and Justin Timberlake (yes, I know he's a pretty boy singer but the guy can and does act extremely well in this movie). It's heartbreaking to watch the story unfold and you really feel for this poor, trusting kid who honestly believes that his kidnappers are cool guys and that they'll be taking him home after a few beers and spliffs. Ben Foster also puts in an amazing show, but the entire cast is excellent and they're what keeps the film believable.

It is an excellent movie and well worth a watch but as per the drug culture it depicts every other word out of their mouths is an expletive so if you're not into swearing, then this is probably one to avoid. I urge you not to though, because there's a very real story under here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing film 23 Aug 2007
I never got a chance to see this in the cinema so went out and got it as soon as it hit the shops. Well worth the money. It had me gripped from start to finish. Based on true events, the story was good, acting good ( yes JT too ) and the ending was very moving. I couldnt get it out of my head even days after seeing it. Go buy this movie
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping saga with excellent performances. 12 July 2008
For those who don't know much about Alpha Dog, it is a Los Angeles set crime drama based on a true story. The plot is pretty simple, Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster) owes drug money to Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) and his crew, so they kidnap Jake's brother Zach (Anton Yelchin) until he pays up. But as it gets deeper Johnny realises the trouble he's in and will take drastic measures to cover up his mistakes...

With Alpha Dog, director Nick Cassavetes is covering a very interesting story, based on Jesse James Hollywood, here called Johnny Truelove (the youngest man ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list). The question is: would it carry over well into a Hollywood movie? The answer is, thanks to the performances and easy story telling, yes.

Most of the actors put in very solid performances which makes you care about the story much more. Emile Hirsch is predictably excellent as head man Truelove, getting into more trouble as the film goes on and Hirsch brilliantly shows the panic that the character faces so early in his youth. Also great are Shawn Hatosy as Truelove's right hand man Elvis Schmidt, Anton Yelchin as the kidnapped Zach but the standout is Justin Timberlake as Frankie who is charismatic and very effective in another performance that leads to panic and indecision which he does very well. However, the usually very good Ben Foster as Jake seems to totally overact and shout as much as he can. Bruce Willis doesn't have too much to do as Johnny's dad Sonny but is good to watch as always. There's not many female roles, Sharon Stone is OK as Zach's mum and sexy Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried is good as one of the crew's party girls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 21 Sep 2007
Just finished watchin this film and it was awesome. As people have said before, it went from party time to edge of your seat "i cant believe it happened" sort of thing.

JT is good - very realistic and all the other cast our outstanding.

Not knowing it was based on true events, it becomes obvious during it it is. Very very impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Cast For A Stellar Movie 5 April 2008
By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE
This is a film with possibly some of the best actors in the business. Bruce Willis & Sharon Stone as the veterans of the business and Emile Hirsch, Anton Yelchin & Justin Timberlake as the promising up and comers of the movie business.
The main protagonist of this movie is Johnny Truelove, a wannabe gangster from a pretty well off background. He is owed money by a typical scumbag drug addict known as Jake Mazursky. As a form of revenge Truelove, along with friends Tiko Martinez & Frankie Ballenbacher they kidnap Jakes younger brother Zack. This event leads to a matter of different events that none of them had ever expected.

Firstly the Hostage of this movie, Zack (Yelchin) seems more than welcome to being kidnapped by these men and shows that he's fine with the situation. Frankie (Timberlake) has an attack of conscience and knows that the kidnapping will only lead to dreadfull things. Johnny (Hirsch) simply seems to care about one thing and that's getting his money back. While Zack is kidnapped he is shown this privileged gangster lifestyle and he falls in love with it, he becomes part of the gang. On the other hand Truelove & Frankie continuously argue back and forth about whether to let the kid go as to avoid any devastating situations.

This is a surprisingly good movie that depicts the mindset that some of the younger generations have towards life, no matter how privileged their background may be. From the start it seems to drag on non-sensically but towards the middle the plot starts to make sense as it becomes a movie about morals, friendship and trust. The most surprising thing is, is that this film is based entirely around true events which is a bit upsetting but again a true depiction of the lives of some young generations in suburbia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent movie based on a true story
Published 28 days ago by Sulley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tracey Russell-Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Justin films
Antsy justin film will always be five star, a true star and entertainer, arrived quickly, happy with service, xx xx
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne99
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, interesting later, but not *very* interesting.
Version I saw: UK DVD release
Actors: 6/10
Plot/script: 7/10
Photography/visual style: 5/10
Music/score: 5/10
Overall: 6/10
It's only by chance that I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. A. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not like
Didn't like this movie too many irritating characters for my taste loud and brash not for me,to me its for the younger generation
Published 8 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Great Film
I love this film, it's such a great storyline. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Could watch this film over and over again and it would never bore me.
Published 11 months ago by Jassi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Order processed quickly and product arrived as advertised, no complaints at all to report! Definitely a film that is worth a watch!
Published 12 months ago by beryl123
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
i baught this dvd for my boyfriend and he kept saying what a good film it is so i got it and glad i did enjoyed the film all the way threw no boring bits and well worth the money... Read more
Published 13 months ago by *~Beki-Marie~*
4.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
I'm not really a lover of action movies but this film has some interesting themes. It's about a group of wannabe gangsters getting in over their heads when they kidnap the teenage... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bianca Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Dog x
I Love this film,Timberlake is not only a great singer he can add great actor to the list.Watch This Film
Published 17 months ago by Shelley Wall
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