Alpha

Theatrical Release: August 17, 2018
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Synopsis

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend.

Dove Review

Alpha functions as, perhaps surprisingly, a life-giving feature; ironic, as much of the film revolves around the outlying threat of taking life away. A survivalist tale, a la Jack London at times, the film, directed by Albert Hughes, sets the stakes a bit higher. What it offers that other films of this caliber might not are the stark realizations of what the visual storytelling contributes to the film. From an aesthetic look at the tale, Alpha scratches at something masterful.

The images, realized not only by Hughes but cinematographer Martin Gschlacht, evoke something that is obviously primal—complementary to a story about early mankind, but further something that does not need words. Exterior shots range in abundance, as well as the spacial awareness between young Keda (Kodi Smith-McPhee) and the wolf Alpha. But in all of nature’s brutality is the beauty in naturalistic living. Not that Hughes pushes any such agenda, only that the rich strokes of color that define the elements of the film suggest beauty in all things, life and death and so on.

The Dove Take

Alpha contains several positive messages, not least the value of teamwork, empathy towards all things, human or animal, and profound respect for the natural world. Only due to the volume of violent content can Dove not approve of the film, but its positive and hopeful messages continue to ring, as mentioned, life-giving.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Positive messages about teamwork and respect for the natural world
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Hunting and survival-oriented violence, including stabbing, shooting, and violent animal attacks; some blood is seen from humans and animals.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Protagonist swims shirtless in a river
Other: Some potential but non-distinct reference to pagan faith

Info

Company: Studio 8
Writer: Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt (screenplay by) | Albert Hughes (story by)
Director: Albert Hughes
Producer: Andrew Rona
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Rory P.