Haiku Review: Alpha

Written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt
Directed by Albert Hughes


SYNOPSIS
A young hunter suffers a terrible accident and is presumed dead. While nursing himself back to health, he begins a reluctant friendship with a wounded wolf and together the two set out to find their way home.


HAIKU REVIEW

Stunning Visuals;
Dialogue Isn’t Needed;
To Convey The Weight.


RATING:
**Watch in Theater Immediately**
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

What an awesome surprise this turned out to be. This feels so out of place in 2018, but in the very best way possible. I have no idea how something like Alpha gets made, or how it winds up being this good, but in the age of endless comic book franchises it’s a breath of fresh air to see something this heroic. It is part epic adventure and part coming of age saga, but it is all awe-inspiring. From a visual standpoint alone, it is absolutely gorgeous, with the combination of sweeping landscape shots and breathtaking CGI that command your attention for the entire ninety minutes. Spoken lines are rare after the opening segment, with dialogue as sparse and stark in its simplicity as the land we see in all directions. It forces you to examine current times, where everyone talks but no one listens, where we seem to have all of the information but none of the knowledge. This was a simpler (and yes, much harsher) time where every minor detail held great importance. You may assume that Keda (played with both ferocity and tenderness by Kodi Smit-McPhee) will survive the many perils that befall him after a severe hunting accident separates him from his tribe, but that doesn’t make his journey across a brutal European winter with a wolf (a fellow lone, wounded warrior) any less harrowing to watch. Albert Hughes (yes, one half of the duo that directed Dead Presidents, Menace II Society and From Hell) has delivered one of the biggest surprises of the year, where everything comes together in perfect harmony to create an unforgettable experience. 


 

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