[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.
I'm not quite sure if I enjoyed this movie or not. I definitely respect it for how honestly it shows life in youth correctional centers. This movie is intense. There are a lot of scenes of extreme violence. The violence happens so quickly that it's hard to really come to terms with what just happened.
Thankfully there are brief moments of levity, such as Davis' flashback scene. I usually prefer dark stories if they're able to have some moments of humor mixed in with all the dark and disturbing aspects. Life isn't just depressing, there will always be moments of levity. And it ultimately gives the darkness more of an impact.
The biggest complaint I have with this is with…
"Don't do that again"
Intense! No doubt about that. It was brought together into a story of... what the hell was the story? My God. A baseline was given, but it jumped around a lot. I can't even tell right now whether that's good or bad. It shows deep inside the true brutality that a trio of guys have to face, or really all of the guys in a correctional facility.
I really enjoyed the dialogue and the story telling given by all of the guys within the cell and at nights. Several turns were taken by the story and the character personalities all throughout the film. Now the story itself is set very limited and basic in the facility. Never goes deep and is told very simply but is also not fully brought together in terms of fulfilling a consistent plot line.
Very dark, intense, character build, weird.
This was on Film 4 last night and I saw the description of 3 young lads go to juvenile prison and I thought that sounds like Scum and could be good.
Imagine my surprise when it started and I thought "oh wait, I've seen this and it's not great". I had seen it in the cinema and had forgotten it existed until now.
As for Scum, it's actually an American remake of that (and the second American remake if I'm correct).
It takes a hell of a lot from Scum and Americanises it and modernises it too and I enjoyed it better this time around.
I will need to imdb the two main lads as both give great performances but I don't think I've seen either in anything after this.
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…
Mientras yo la veía mi tío me preguntó si la película trata de una correccional y le respondi que sí. Luego de terminada, ahora me pregunto yo si este tipo de instituciones realmente merecen ser llamadas correccionales, palabra que deriva de corrección, rectificación, modificación, para alcanzar la reinserción social del sujeto; pero resulta que en estos establecimientos el hombre recae en más vicios, vetos, miedos, violencia, aislamientos y transgresiones de sus derechos humanos.
Desde hace un tiempo para acá he observado el daño que repercute otorgarle poder al humano, y el daño es mayor cuando la persona atribuida de poder no posee estudios, empatía, valores sociales éticos o sentido de superación personal.
Que vengan a hacer una película del sistema penitenciario de Venezuela.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is disturbing and haunting but done well. It follows the stories of several teen boys in a youth correctional center and holds little back when it comes to their upsetting experiences. The viewer doesn't realize the attachment they develop to each character until they are put through the nightmarish events. The acting felt very honest when it came to the teen boys and a little less so with the adults (although that may have been owed to their unbelievable inhumanity). There is a sense of character development as the boys experience the corruption of the center first-hand and either toughen up or are broken as a result. There are brief moments of comic relief to add depth and…
While the subject matter is disturbing, and hammers home a theme that rehabilitation is not really doing a whole lot to rehabilitate people, even at a younger age. The film doesn't really have much more than that, you never really warm up to the characters and while their camraderie with each other makes them somewhat likable, almost all the actions of every individual is terrible and purely based on survival. Not to downplay the performances, the young actors do a phenomenal job making you feel the pain of their situation and many times their explosive rage. Adam Butcher in particular, playing the main character of Butch, deftly envelopes everything about the character, edgy personality, dangerousness, and what little soft side…
Dark Sweatsuits are the New Black.
I think I liked it better when it was called Bad Boys with Sean Penn.
Perfectly competently acted and directed, but just a story I've seen way too many times before. I'm not sure how much you can actually add to it.
intense, gripping, dark and some great acting from young actors.
had some funny moments, sad and bleak moments and moments where i had to look away. the only con is that i was not huge on the ending.
Extremely powerful film (I cried twice, almost threw up, and my boyfriend even had to stop the film because he was upset too). Some really funny, really sad moments throughout. Showed a lot of the male aggression I expect would be prevalent in an all-male community with others in a position of power. If you're planning on watching this - [TW: rape, incest, racism/slurs, violence, drugs]
Dog Pound really hit me hard as it explored the harsh realities of correctional facilities and brought to light the question of inmate treatment. The film maintained originality and held my attention. I loved it, but it would be hard for me to watch again.
I can never watch prison movies without thinking that the characters' problems could be easily solved. And most of those problems are not necessarily the film's fault but that of the system it's depicting. Like why aren't there more guards? Why do the short staffed guards now know suicide watch? Why is the CCTV that obvious/easy to mess with? Why is 'Montana' not taxed to take care of these problems, or taxed to get kids into programs instead of juvie? Nonetheless it's an underrated film that haunts.
I also discovered that this film is a remake of Scum, a film set 40 years ago in a different continent, which might explain the problems above. The performances are fine but I don't see any future Ray Winstones in this bunch. Although for Shane Kippel's sake I hope I'm wrong.
The acting from the young inmates was good in the early part of the film and made me hopeful for a decent remake. But the prison wardens..dear me. There is one section where a warden has wife troubles and a major incident results. That part feels like you are watching a school play. Awful script, awful acting, awful directing. But take the adults away and the kids are alright.
It goes without saying that the original british film, 'Scum' was better.
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