[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Fighting Back Is The Only Way Out
Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
From the very start, similarities to Ray Winstone's breakout grit smasher "Scum", are clearly apparent. Following three juveniles sent to a high security correctional facility to rectify their past crimes and stay their sentence, things take one turn after anther for the worst as the three new inmates take on problems never faced before.
Just like it's older classic brother, Dog Pound is brutal in every sense. Violently graphic, verbally abrasive and almost completely absent of any political correctness. It's a film that at times had me cringe. Some scenes like a lingering shot like an inmate drowning a cockroach in spit are unnecessarily self indulgent. But those small cheap shots are suddenly made clear and understandable by the fantastic…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is said to be a remake of sorts of the movie Scum. I have not seen that film, so I cannot compare the two.
This film centers on three boys in a juvenile detention center. Their crimes and ages vary. There’s Butch (Adam Butcher), 17, charged for assaulting a correctional officer, Angel, 15, a car thief, and Davis, 16, a drug dealer. The three enter the center at the same time and form a friendship of sorts. The film follows the three boys experiences in the center, which are full of alpha males, violence, drug, rape, and various other 'prison cliches'.
This film is raw and gritty and feels very real, you almost forget you're watching a movie.…
Review from Next Projection
It’s not until the very last seconds of its closing credits that Dog Pound formally identifies itself as a remake of the horrifying British prison film Scum, but those familiar with the remarkable difficulty of that 1979 classic will have long since spotted this new incarnation’s efforts to recreate its sheer brutality, both physical and emotional. Alan Clarke’s film—a remake itself, of his own rejected television production from two years prior—is one of the true genre greats, a visceral and challenging look at the borstal system that gave the world its introduction to the gruff demeanour of Ray Winstone.
As translatable a narrative as it is—juvenile offenders hardly a group confined to one temporal or geographic…
Loose remake of Alan Clarke's Scum, about three lads entering a juvenile facility where they have to deal with top dog Banks and his lackeys. Still hard hitting and profoundly depressing in places, this is a no nonsense portrayal of prison life from Kim Chapiron, reigning in the excesses of Sheitan. Good performances from its young cast and builds to a feverish riot scene at the end which impresses.
I love this drama. I was really hooked to this movie. The ending, ehh.. it was an okay ending, I guess.
I guess Im finding out that i dont like prison movies. I couldnt finish hunger and I just didnt really enjoy this. I thought the movie was well made and had some interesting moments like the boy's love story flash back. I cant say I was really drawn into the film. All of the raw moments and violence kept me quite distant. Some of the conflicts were interesting but overall I just thought it was a bit better than average.
Dog Pound is a little seen 2010 film revolving around three boys of different ages and backgrounds who are sent to a juvenile detention facility for varying reasons. Once there, the three will need to learn to survive the harsh prison environment. Prison films often have a pretty dark tone, and Dog Pound fully embraces that. This is a very dark and brutal film with very few moments of happiness. Director Kim Chapiron does a great job communicating a sense of dread as well as building tension. This is most evident in the film's climax, which starts out very silent and with many long takes. But gradually aggression starts to rise before finally erupting in fury, and the film becomes…
Distressing, bitter and vulgar, Dog Pound is basically a carbon copy of Scum just with Americans instead of Brits.
The film's finest moments are actually the more wholesome sequences. A scene in which Davis retells a sexual encounter with his girfriend's mother - which gets all the young offenders pumped up - is hilarious and heartfelt; something rare in a project of such brutality.
The film is very typical and it lacks the flair and intelligence of say Starred Up which was a truly sensational portrait of prison life, but Dog Pound is worth a look.
Turns out live in a juvenile correctional facility is quite difficult. Of the three teenage boys the film centers on, Butch the Psychopath is the most interesting as he bubbles with white-hot rage from scene to scene. Some of his beatdowns are quite impressive.
Interesting that I think the film gets it right in that the prison staff are fairly humane and decent people and most of the inmates are scared, it's the small percentage of violent psychos that all the action revolves around and who must be avoided.
Pretty good movie. No lessons are learned but a nice prison riot at the end.
My interest in watching this was due to one of the actors from it being a guest on a podcast that I listen to. From the looks of it I thought it would be a mediocre movie that would be an okay way to pass the time. But I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. It was gritty, real, and often original. The dialogue was really authentic, the teens in this movie were exactly like a lot of assholes I grew up with. The acting was great, great performances all around. Which was probably natural, as several of the kids wernt acting, they were real prisoners acting as fake prisoners as part of work release. It builds really nicely and gets satisfyingly intense while at the same time covering some important social themes without ever getting preachy. I'm glad I watched it.
Good prison violence. I mean, I don't think this movie accomplishes anything that every other prison movie ever made hasn't already turned into conventional wisdom, and there's a glossiness to it that's neither modern nor old-fashioned, but sort of obliviously neutral; but it feels authentic to me, and it benefits from a dynamically proactive protagonist. It's got a good cast of young actors, many of whom are actual inmates, and that genuineness is apparent. I'm especially impressed by Taylor Poulin as the alpha-bully of the prison -- he's got that unsettling mix of faux-friendliness and unspoken menace that assholes on a power trip always seem to adopt (his ultimate fate was very satisfying to behold, I must say). The climactic prison riot is pretty extraordinary, as well.
A great watch despite that it ends far too abruptly
I had this on my list on netflix for a while and one day decided to give it a watch. The poster itself intrigued me then I read the plot and was interested. After watching it I was left feeling really sad and anxious, the ending was rough. The whole movie itself reminded me of the kid brother version of Fight Club.
Awesome film, felt very genuine and a interesting look into the "pre" prison system.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
- Man Bites Dog
- Alpha Dog
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Reservoir Dogs
At Del's request...
- The Collector
- The Iron Rose
- Death Watch
Films that I have highly enjoyed but had known little about. Films that I consider not that overly well known…