Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alpha Dog (2006)

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Nick Cassavetes

Composer: Aaron Zigman

Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Barry, Emile Hirsch, Fernando Vargas, Vincent Kartheiser, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Hatosy, Alex Solowitz, Alec Vigil, Harry Dean Stanton, Frank Cassavetes, Ben Foster, Anton Yelchin, Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, Heather Wahlquist, Lukas Haas

More info: IMDb

Tagline: How did a crime with this many witnesses go so far?

Plot: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the Mazursky family, as Johnny and his 'gang' kidnap Jake's 15 year old brother and holds him hostage. Problem now is what to do with 'stolen boy?'

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Get a load of that cast!  It's got a few names just before they hit the big time.  It's an interesting look into some 'kids' dealing with issues in the wrong way, letting their egos get in the way of reason.  The performances are good and the picture moves along quite nicely, making the two hour running time seem rather quick.  I didn't realize this was based on an actual case until the end but it still makes for an enjoyable movie.  Not much to say about this one except I dug it.

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