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Alpha Dog (2007)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 10:20 AM


Genre: Crime/Drama/Biography

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Emile Hirsch, Fernando Vargas, Shawn Hatosy, Bruce Willis, Ben Foster, Sharon Stone, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette

Young kids, too much money and way too much freedom are some sure shot ingredients for witnessing some disastrous results. Johnny Truelove (Hirsch) is a small time weed dealer in California who gets his supply from his very own father (Willis). His uber-rich friends are gangsters in the day and party animals by night who assist him in all his dealings. Jake Mazursky (Foster) is one of Johnny's henchmen who sell his drugs but ends up owing $1,200 to him which he cant afford to pay back.When Jake's parents refuse to repeatedly bail him out due to his mistakes he ends up having a spat with both, his parents and Johnny. Jakes half-brother Zack (Yelchin) looks up to his brother and aspires to live the life of drugs, alcohol and woman and decides to run away from his home and attain freedom. In an act of frustration and desperation, Johnny, his right hand man Frankie (Timberlake) and TKO (Vargas) abduct Zack from the streets and decide to hold him as ransom for the $1,200. When Johnny realises the consequences of abducting Zack, he gets desperate and when you get desperate the situation only keeps getting worse. The movie is based on a true life incident that took place in August of 2000 which changed names. It recreates the murder of Nicholas Markowitz ordered by Jesse James Hollywood over a paltry sum of $1,200. The movie gives a more realistic picture about drug-related crime on the street and gives the viewer a more realistic experience of the consequence of such crimes. A great crime movie to watch, although a bit slow and stretched.

Thumbs up: Good performances and great realistic portrayal of the crime
Thumbs down: Messed up climax scene, slow and a bit stretched

Rating: 7.4/10
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