Alpha Movie Update

They don’t make many movies set in 18,000 B.C. He played and said in made-up cave languages, perhaps for obvious reasons. The topic “where did the dogs come from” is not often studied in the film, although this angle seems much more profitable. Here, to meet these needs, “Alpha” is set 20 thousand years ago among the hunter-gatherers of Europe, with Kodi Smit-McPhee as a teenager who becomes separated from his tribe and must find his way to a harsh but beautiful world, befriending a wolf along the way. The use of a fictional primitive language (with English subtitles, of course) gives the film a serious geekiness that, in addition to the sometimes suspicious CGI, means that we are always on the verge of ridicule. But mostly it works, and it’s unusual and ambitious, which is always good to get some bonus points.

Our son, a kind shepherd named Keda, is the son of the tribal chief Tau (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) and accompanies the men on their annual buffalo hunt for the first time. Both father and Son take the rite of passage seriously, Tau lovingly spends much of the first 30 minutes of the film directing and correcting Keda, insisting that everything in life, even life itself, must be earned. When a hunter from another tribe sees that Tau should be proud of his son, his response suggests that he has not made up his mind yet: “I hope he will make me proud.”no pressure, Keda!

After a terrifying and dizzying experience with a herd of buffalo near a cliff, Tau and the hunters believe that Keda is dead, or at least can no longer be saved, leaving him heartbroken. But Keda isn’t dead, just seriously injured, and here, halfway through, the movie turns into a survival adventure, like a PG-13 version of “The Revenant.”Armed with a machete, Keda proves to be resourceful and well-trained, although he still finds it difficult to shoot, and more dangers await him in the form of floods, saber-toothed tigers and a pack of wolves. One of these wolves, injured in his confrontation with Keda, grabs and clings to the boy. The whole premise of the movie, the prehistoric boy meets the wolf, is a spoiler, because it only happens in the second half.

The film was written with a sense of innocent amazement by daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt, and he had not used a certain finish in the first act for a long time, which led to the incident on the cliff. Then the story becomes very exciting, and director Albert Hughes (on his first solo outing to “Menace II Society”, “dead Presidents”, “From Hell” and “the Book of Eli” with his twin brother Allen) can start showing the beautiful gloomy landscapes of the film. There is a lot of natural beauty here (it was filmed mainly in Canada), and Hughes composes stunning and charming images. There is also a lot of CGI, some of which is unconvincing and easily distracting. But Keda’s journey is usually as exciting as adventure novels for children, intense but not overwhelming, with a satisfying resolution. I loved it; I think an 11 or 12 year old outdoor kid would love it.

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