Alpha Dog

Alpha Dog

DVD - 2007
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Based on the real-life case of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer in California's San Gabriel Valley who, in 2000, became one of the youngest men to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. With family links to organized crime, Johnny Truelove is on the warpath against Jake Mazursky, a sleazebag addict who owes him money. Fate intervenes when Johnny and his friend Frankie encounter Jake's 15-year-old half-brother Zack and hold him as collateral until Jake pays his debts. What begins as a casual, seemingly harmless situation escalates into a crisis of capital crime.

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benjithegreat
Mar 15, 2017

This is a tough movie to rate because every single person in the movie is complete trash and it's very hard to relate to them. That being said, and despite the fact that they all play extremely unlikeable white trash d-bags, it's actually done pretty well. Decent acting by most, a solid and emotional story. Ben Foster though - I've seen him okay in some movies but man, he Reeeeally seemed to be reaching here. It seems odd to say someone tried "too hard", but he does. Yes, he plays a strung out addict, but he really goes too far with it and he looks like a little kid trying to get the attention of the grown-ups by over-enunciating, screaming and yelling, and making faces into the mirror.

mamiuno Jun 06, 2013

good fukin movie,itz actualli based on a tru storii of kidnapping n alota drugz............

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jimg2000
Oct 05, 2012

Didn't do well in theaters despite of big names:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Dog

Nothing in the movie except on irrational behavior and mind set of a handful of out of control young people from some well off neighborhoods in SoCal:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Nicholas_Markowitz

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sacamp
Jun 30, 2011

Good movie. Time wise -- felt a bit long.

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Aug 22, 2008

Sordid crime drama, based on a real-life story about the downhill slide of young drug-dealing & drug-using punks into kidnapping & murder. The big-name cast seems to be getting their kicks from slumming.

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