Who Let the Dog Out?

Timberlake (center) in Alpha Dog
photo: Darren Michaels/New Line Productions
Timberlake (center) in Alpha Dog

Details

See also:
  • Friends Without Money
    All quiet on the Western front: The best fiction entries at Sundance '06 were also the smallest
    by Dennis Lim

  • This Year's Dramatic Competition Largely Devoid of Drama
    by Dennis Lim

  • Particles of Truth
    Illness docs, an unembedded Iraq exposé, and Al Gore vie for attention in a chilly Sundance market
    by Rob Nelson

  • Gross Points
    Sundance distribution deals and the science of no-sleep
    by Anthony Kaufman

    Festival Express
  • One, Two, Three
    Art School Confidential; The Science of Sleep; Little Miss Sunshine
    by Dennis Lim
  • Thank You for Sponsoring
    by Rob Nelson
  • Related Stories

    More About

    The defense attorney who threatened to seek an injunction against the Sundance screening of the fact- and conjecture-based Alpha Dog may not have been acting on behalf of the festival (or New Line Cinema, still "indie" despite orcs and Oscars). Yet the appearance of controversy around New Line's latest youth-bait gangsta flick hardly hindered the programmers' bid to justify a closing-night slot. Essentially a bigger-budget Bully (whose director, Larry Clark, got enough props in Park City this year to look like a kid again), Dog sniffs around the stinky legend of a twerp Scarface (Emile Hirsch) who compels his weed-dealing crew to kidnap and then whack a delinquent client's 15-year-old brother (Anton Yelchin). Director Nick Cassavetes has a blast with scenes of testosterone-fueled aggression (until it's time to repent), working the subwoofer in a way that'll surely boost DVD sales among boys with bedroom posters of Tony Montana. Sundance needs to recruit the next generation of "indie" enthusiasts, and Alpha Dog, if nothing else, did succeed in bringing Justin Timberlake to Park City High.

     
    My Voice Nation Help
    0 comments
    Sort: Newest | Oldest
     

    Now Showing

    Find capsule reviews, showtimes & tickets for all films in town.

    Box Office Report

    Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!

    Loading...