Rating (2 out of 5)
Summary: Another famous $1 rental from iTunes. The movie is extremely predictable. The story of the adventure is average and didn’t provide anything truly new. For me, the entertaining parts of the film were generated by the father. The father saw in his son more than his son saw in himself. The unlikable lead character would have died if not for the dog. Dog lovers you will enjoy “Alpha” more than I did.
Warning: For some reason, “Alpha” is subtitled. Another negative point for me.
Plot: After being mauled and left for dead on his first hunt, Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends a wolf, who will become the first dog. Keda and his dog struggle together to survive the long trek home.
Detail: While Keda demonstrate some survival skills. If the dog wouldn’t have been around, Keda would have died quickly. The dog chased the boars, caught fish out the river, fought the big cat. The poor dog was saddled with the worst person in the tribe.
The father of Kedo, Tau (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) teaches his son the important lessons of survival; reading the map of the stars tattooed on their hands to show the way home; how to start a fire; finding the pillars indicating the path home. Learning a little about how these people lived provided the most entertaining moments. Tau also attempts teaching Kedo to kill his prey, but Keda wimps out.
Usually, I write paragraphs about what I didn’t like about a movie. This movie has done something new. “Alpha” failed to evoke an emotional response from me. Maybe numb or empty are the words I am searching for.