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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canada does 'Scum'.
This is a Canadian, and is `highly influenced by British Borstal film Scum', according to Wikipedia. It tells the tale of three young offenders who all get sent to a Juvenile Correctional Facility called Enola Vale. There they are initiated into the strict and regimented world of youth detention, and the three tier system of privilege.

The lowest are forced to...
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Tommy Dooley

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not that good
this is not a bad film but in realaty its just scum set in america ,scum is the better film
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by Michael J. Marchant


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canada does 'Scum'., 22 Jun 2011
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dog Pound [DVD] (DVD)
This is a Canadian, and is `highly influenced by British Borstal film Scum', according to Wikipedia. It tells the tale of three young offenders who all get sent to a Juvenile Correctional Facility called Enola Vale. There they are initiated into the strict and regimented world of youth detention, and the three tier system of privilege.

The lowest are forced to wear the orange jump suits, middle, ordinary prison garb and the top are `Trustees', and they get to wear black polo shirts. They are also the head honchos and lead bullies. The three new kids soon attract a lot of unwanted attention and things sort of spiral from there.

This is a re-telling of Ray Whinstone's first major film `Scum'. He was a relative unknown then and all of the actors here are too. They all do an admirable job especially Adan Butcher who plays `Butch'. Director and co-write Kim Champiron has done a great job of making the players believable and that goes for the guards too. This is a regime that in many ways is as hard on the guards as it is on the guarded.

Enola Vale is described as `A place to grow and learn', most of what these kids will learn will not be in societies interests. So is it any good? Well I actually really liked (not enjoyed) it for what it was portraying and the way it was done. If you have seen Scum, then some of the plot will be all too familiar. However, that said this works too and has enough of its own identity to stand on its own merits. If you have not seen Scum, then you have missed a Brit classic. All in all a very good effort in what is a controversial and difficult area.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting prison movie, 8 Jan 2011
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D. Melbourne "Ozzy29" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have just watched this film and I can say it is really very good, its about a group of teenagers who get locked up for a stint in a young offenders institute for varing crimes. One of whom is called Butch who in his previous institute beat up and blinded one of the guards.

He befiends two other inmates (Angel & Davis)and slowly adapst to prison life. Without spoiling anything for anyone wishing to purchase this film if you have seen a very good British film called Scum with the fantastic and very young Ray Winstone then you can guess what this film is like as its a direct copy of that.

Yes its brutally violent and has some pretty nasty scenes, two come to mind, one in the showers (very bloody and painful) and one in a laundry room (This act should NEVER happen to anyone)

What makes this film so good are the young actors who play the inmates they are all unknown and they all put in a very good solid performance. The run time is just about right 90 mins or so.

Totally recommend this film to anyone who is into prison/young offender flicks but for heavens sake dont watch it with children or your better half.... definatly a lads film..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enola Vale-A Place To Grow And Learn., 23 Mar 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Dog Pound is directed by Kim Chapiron who also co-writes the screenplay with Jeremie Delon. It stars Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Mateo Morales, Taylor Poulin, Dewshane Williams, Lawrence Bayne and Trent McMullen.

Young offenders Butch (Butcher), Angel (Morales) & Davis (Kippel) are sent to the Enola Vale correctional facility and find that bullying, drugs and abuse are the order of the day.

To clear things up, since there seems to be a lot of confusion on internet forums, Dog Pound is to all intents and purposes a remake of Alan Clarke's seminal British Borstal shocker, Scum (1977/79). It's the same plotting, much of the same characters are recycled and all of the big scenes from Scum are recreated as well. Only difference is is that Chapiron has shifted the story to North America, to a fictional correctional facility in Montana. It's basically done what the Farrelly Brothers did with Fever Pitch. What should be noted is that Chapiron hasn't hid from this fact, he didn't make the movie thinking nobody would notice, he actively acknowledged his worship of Clarke's film, making Dog Pound very much the ultimate American homage. Claims of it being a rip-off etc are way off the mark, it's a remake and nobody has denied this.

Much like the original British version, Dog Pound is brutal, upsetting and has a loud booming voice. The director follows Clarke's template by keeping it grimy and raw, and by shooting it in semi-documentary style and using rookie actors and real life ex-offenders in the cast, Chapiron has gone, and gotten, gritty realism. He's also added a couple of his own neat touches to the narrative. The pressure the guards are under is scrutinised, how it affects home life, and there's a deft line about AIDS in the story, how people react to sufferers of the disease. The recreation of a young offenders facility is well researched, with laid bare dormitories and depressing corridors, while the cast, particularly a terrific coiled spring Butcher, can't be faulted for excellent serving up of the material to hand.

Minor problems do exist, familiarity of genre is always an issue, and here for anyone who has seen either of the Scum movies, there is no surprise factor, it does feel a little old hat. This even though Chapiron appears to be making the comment that problems inside juvenile facilities haven't ceased since the 70s. The Angel character is badly under written in the context of him being one of the central characters, a big misstep since he forms a crucial plot development, whilst the use of music is also a very bad idea. These irritants stop the film from being up with the best of the genre, but it's still a potent firecracker of a picture. Very well made and still it has something to say, in that the cycle of violence continues inside, that juvenile institutions are still questionable tools for rehab, problems are there and Dog Pound ferociously makes its point. 7.5/10
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prison drama for MEN, 5 Jan 2011
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T. BROOKES "Brookey" (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoyed this film. This is a low budget young offenders action drama with plenty of punch and shocking behaviour to entertain, shock and enjoy. The acting is solid and the fact the cast is all unknown is great. A great watch for 2011, along the lines of ace TV series Oz and it dicks all over recent prison film The Experiment. Strong themes and action, being violent, rude and chilling (bullying) so watch it if you have a strong stomach or interest in this sort of thing only. Brill, there are definately some dogs in this pound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most films that are very derivitave of an already well admired standout classic like "Scum" in this instance, 4 July 2014
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I just watched this and really wanted to just echo all the 4 and 5 star reviews left by people already; this is basically a Canadian version of "Scum", yet it does its own little twist here and there. EVERY actor in this film is solid but definite standout goes to Adam Butcher. That guy alone definitely deserves to be in more work and hopefully he has been since then.

Most films that are very derivitave of an already well admired standout classic like "Scum" in this instance, can either be done right or godawful. Trust me; this is one of the ones done RIGHT.

Very solid little movie and one I would definitely watch again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard & relentless, 7 Sep 2011
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A very well acted film, but hard & relentlessly tough viewing. If I was a young American & thought of breaking the law, I should be forced to watch this film, then decide ;if this is what I want happening to me.Perfectly cast in my opinion, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to watch it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not that good, 21 Mar 2011
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this is not a bad film but in realaty its just scum set in america ,scum is the better film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumping With Adrenaline, 18 April 2011
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Aaron Thomas (Cardiff, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This film was really good and during scenes I was empowered with adrenaline.
I found the ending to be a disappointment though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared, 5 Jun 2013
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Mr. M. J. Lincoln (London) - See all my reviews
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Scum the remake but in fact really gritty and very worth it's money. not for the squeamish or faint hearted
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the UK film Scum I think you will enjoy ..., 12 Nov 2014
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If you liked the UK film Scum I think you will enjoy this. I certainly was not disappointed. Great cast.
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