Alpha Dog The title, the club-mix score, the scenery-masticating moments — too much about this true story of a 15-year-old killed in an upper-middle-class drug war feels…
Movie on DVD Review

Alpha Dog (2007)

Details Release Date: May 01, 2007; DVD Release Date: May 01, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake; Distributor: Universal

The title, the club-mix score, the scenery-masticating moments — too much about this true story of a 15-year-old killed in an upper-middle-class drug war feels sensationalized. Writer-director Nick Cassavetes is good with actors (Justin Timberlake is actually pretty effective...if you can forget that he's Justin Timberlake), but action-movie fight sequences and three-ways in pools obscure any sense of tragedy in Alpha Dog. EXTRAS In a making-of, Cassavetes calls his film ''an exploration of loss'' and a producer discusses the ''heartbreaking'' nature of the crime. Why did none of that come through? C+

Originally posted May 04, 2007 Published in issue #933 May 11, 2007 Order article reprints
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