Alpha Dog

Rated NR

As I watched one of the final scenes in Alpha Dog, a heart-wrenching moment in Palm Springs that depicts a most unfortunate event, I marveled at how well done it was. The movie, until this point, had managed to keep my attention to a degree, and this particular scene floored me. Director Nick Cassavetes was doing a decent job of showing white suburban kids acting like idiots. I was impressed. Then … Sharon Stone showed up in a fat suit. Based on a true story about a kidnapping gone terribly wrong, the film is saved by the terrific work of Justin Timberlake as a conflicted criminal and Anton Yelchin as a kidnap victim. Emile Hirsch, as a crime lord, is somewhat unconvincing. Still, I liked Alpha Dog enough to say it is see-worthy.

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