Saturday, May 14, 2011

Film: Alpha Dog

This week is another coming of age film. The choice comes with two elements in life I hope most kids will avoid while growing up; drug addiction and murder. The film was based on the real life abduction and killing of Nicholas Markowitz, a 15 year old teen from Calabasas CA, whose older brother owed drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood 1,200 bucks. As cruel as this plot may seem, I knew from the movie's depiction that the real life story was even crueler. The Film was written and directed by Nick Cassavettes and has an all star line up of fresh and promising young actors; Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy and Anton Yelchin. While Cassavettes may have missed his mark for Hollywood accolades and with the foreign press, he appeals to a much younger generation with a story and portrayal that was respected and went permeating through young cliches from different backgrounds all across the nation. This movie takes you for a gritty ride, "day in the life" of an upper class drug dealer and his circle, showing us how youth passes time in pretty places, with pretty bad motives. Lots of mom and dads money and no redeeming values or quality goals. This film is an eye opener for sure. It is my next suggestion for the category of, "art imitating life".

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