There's one point in the movie where you know they added something fictional into the story. The swimming pool scene. There were quite a few scenes where things could have gone differently. But then we wouldn't have a movie.
Boasting an exciting cast and provocative script, it's easy to enjoy watching the irrational stoners in this poorly crafted B-flick. I don't think I've ever noticed worse continuity editing, but I don't really care too much since the film leaves a deep impression.
70/100 - Good.
A remarkable cast that somehow all feel like they are reaching - Sharon Stone overwrought in a fat suit, Justin Timberlake head to toe in tattoos, Emile Hirsch acting hard as fuck. It's all pretty laughable if everyone wasn't so committed. Ben Forster and Anton Yelchin (RIP) are fantastic. There are genuinely great moments sprinkled inside, but the entire project seems over done - shooting anamorphically for example?
It's no Chinese Bookie, but fans of John will recognize a ton of subtle and direct parallels to his oeuvre. The cast is filled with more stars than a Mallick film, and they all killed it. I always wrote this off before seeing it as sort of a try hard riff on Larry Clark's "Bully" starring Justin Timberlake, but oh how wrong I was. "Bully" is still a favorite, but this is hands down the better film.
It's so sad to think that all the people who knew this boy was being kidnapped didn't say anything because it looked like he was having fun. I'm so sorry for his family who lost their only son over 1200 dollars.
This movie is actually really good, with a really great soundtrack. My only thoughts about the film other wise was how the of the writing and tone progressed throughout the film. Even though it was based on some true events when i looked up the story to learn more the story I was not fully convinced certain things happened. However the film was good and it kept my attention the whole time.
Being a film that is now 10 years old, watching Alpha Dogs for the first time was an enjoyable experience. The young cast and their performances were impeccably on point, especially from Timberlake, Hirsch and Yelchin. Also, the fact that it is an LA-based story makes it one of interest to me, and the cinematography brings across both the beauty and more salacious sides of the city and its suburbs. See this film.
Cassavetes probably thought he was making some cutting edge film about disaffected youth. Done so much better previously. Terrible and out of touch. The Sharon stone monologue in a bad fat suit is laughable