Man encounters his best friend for the first time in the 20,000 BC-set survival thriller Alpha

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While the internet goes mad for cats, dogs are the true unsung heroes of pet-dom because they’ll always be there for you, and the upcoming movie Alpha aims to dramatise our first encounter with our best friends.

The movie is a survival thriller set in 20,000 BC wherein a young hunter (Kodi Smit-McPhee – Slow West, X-Men: Apocalypse) is left for dead after a hunting accident. While on his journey back to his tribe he encounters, and befriends, a young wolf abandoned by its pack. Together the pair fight to survive the dangerous wilds and reach safety before winter arrives.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone — he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.

Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

Let’s take a look:

Alpha reminds me a lot of 2015’s hit survival epic The Revenant, although our young hunter is far more successful in his friendship overtures towards the wolf than Leo was to his bear. It’s definitely an odd movie for me to judge from the trailer, because while it’s very clear on what happens plot-wise it gives nothing away when it comes to dialogue – so I’ve got no clue how much there is or how good it sounds, if any.

That said, I do think this could be an entertaining movie to watch if you enjoy movies of this nature. While the CGI is pretty obvious, it’s serviceable and doesn’t really draw you out of what you’re seeing. The hook is this case is the purported first “taming” of man’s best friend, and their journey of survival. Just keep in mind this isn’t a documentary and everything will be fine.

What do you think?

Alpha is due for release in the US on 2 March 2018. Written and directed by Albert Hughes (Book of Eli, Dead Presidents), and adapted for the screen by Dan Wiedenhaupt, it stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Mercedes de la Zerda, Jens Hultén, Marcin Kowalczyk, Priya Rajaratnam and Spencer Bogaert.

Last Updated: July 19, 2017

  • This looks fun and dogs are best animals!

    Might go see this.

    • Original Heretic

      Dogs are great. Until your wife wants one that’s the size of a small horse and you’re the one charged with cleaning up turds the size of ballistic missiles.

      • I have a few of those. 🙂

        • Original Heretic

          He’s great, I love him.
          But I’d rather have a cat.

          • Hammersteyn

            Cats are great, mine only meows when it needs food. It sleeps on my bed when its cold, leaves me alone when it’s hot and doesn’t want attention all the time… I’d still like a big dog though.

          • Cats are awesome. My dogs absolutely love them to death! 😛

          • Original Heretic

            Cats are drawn to me. If I visit someone that has a cat, within minutes, it’s rubbing against my leg or sitting on my lap.
            Friends of mine feed a wild cat and they reckon the thing is terrible, it shuns people, it took them months to just get to pet it, blah blah blah.
            Five minutes after it saw me it was purring on my lap, leaving them slack-jawed at the sight.

          • miaau

            Yeah, same thing happens with me.

            I just stay calm and the “wild” cats generally come to me then.

          • Original Heretic

            They don’t call you “miaau” for nothing.

          • MonsterCheddar

            I want a Rotti.

          • Hammersteyn

            Not bad.

    • Hammersteyn

      I salute the first tribe to domesticate wolves, they suffered through a lot of bites and bleeding, maybe even broken bones.

        • Original Heretic

          hear hear!
          The changes that have happened in the last 100 years alone are shocking.
          German Shepards used to be able to leap 7 foot walls with ease.
          That’s only ONE example.

          • I mean who woke up one day and thought “Wolves are cool and all but I want a fugly ass version that can fit in my handbag!”

          • Hammersteyn

            French Royalty?

          • Bloody French!

          • Original Heretic

            What do you expect from a nation that considers amphibian legs to be a delicacy?

          • Hammersteyn

            Thanks to the guillotine they were bloody.

          • Original Heretic

            Probably Paris Hilton’s ancestor.

          • Most likely yeah.

          • Hammersteyn

            Makes sense, they developed a breed of dog people will hate more than them, but just a teensy bit more.

        • Hammersteyn
          • Original Heretic

            Anything this small or smaller is no dog. It’s a canine-wannabe.

        • MonsterCheddar

          PFFFFFFF. HA HA HA

      • MonsterCheddar


  • MonsterCheddar

    “….although our young hunter is far more successful in his friendship overtures towards the wolf than Leo was to his bear.”

    I made a LOL.

    That is an understatement. XD. As far as I know Leo was fucked up by the bear.

  • looks interesting

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Still a better love story than Twilight …

  • Magoo

    This looks like it has the potential to be the best movie ever made. AMIRAAT?

    Only me?


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