Alpha Dog

Ok, so this movie blew me away. It’s based on a true story, so there’s probably not too much of what actually happens in it that would be technically a ‘spoiler’, but I still don’t want to give too much away.
It’s decidedly not for little kids. There’s a very good reason why it’s rated MA15+ in Australia, and R in the US. The violence is very disturbing, but not graphic — definitely not gratuitous and not gory. The story is heartbreaking and the film is incredibly believable. When a drug dealer doesn’t get paid some money that’s owed, things spiral out of control when he takes a little brother as ransom for the money he’s owed. The character of Johnny Trulove is played by Emile Hirsch, who is great. And amazingly, Justing Timberlake (yes, Mr. SexyBack) is astounding in his role. At the critical point of no-turning-back in the film, he was fantastic. Completely worth seeing — but not for those who don’t like a bit of swearing and real-life grit.

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