Remake of SCUM, Alan Clarke (1977). The changes to the script from the original, do not bring anything. Otherwise, the film remains a pretty good adaptation of a shock masterpiece. === Remake de SCUM, d'Alan CLARKE (1977). Les changements au scénario par rapport au film d'origine n'apportent rien. Sinon, le film reste une assez bonne adaptation d'un chef d'oeuvre-choc.
"Dog Pound" is adolescent, in both its characters and its realization. As a remake of Alan Clarke's brilliant "Scum", it is essentially a pubescent version. Pubescent in the way that it over-emphasized violence that need not be, perhaps for shock value, but failed to emphasize some major character evolution going on within Butch. Worth watching, but at times is too over the top to make a sociological statement.
A strong movie. Maybe the script is not the best thing in the world, but I really loved the camera work and the atmosphere of meaningless violence. People without hope, you can tell it from the first minute.
Better than the Scum movies (aside from the unneeded music,) due to an increase of realism in its dialogue ear/acting that makes the emotion and purpose stronger. It lacks the ugly documentary style of the original for a more polished, if captivating palette, but this time it feels genuinely like the way-of-talk and acting is by real prisoners, not actors. Thus, its icy heart rips its own self out more brutally.
I agree with freelance reviewer Philip Kemp's statement that "With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity." However, for me, the predictable plotting and inevitability of the violence and misogynistic overtones diminish the film's accomplishments. 3.5 stars