If one had to sum up Chapiron's "Dog Pound" in a word, it would be Quality. This movie is raw, edgy and just shockingly awesome, you can see it in the cover!
"Dog Pound" is about three young men who get caught up in the juvenile detention system for engaging in a variety of crimes on the outside such assault and drug dealing, but that's only the beginning.
The real action in "Dog Pound" happens on the inside, while the three youths do their best to keep their heads above water. This movie contains some
of the rawest rage of our youth today, Enjoy the review!
Now, we'll be the first ones to admit that this film may be a bit much for those not used to watching young adults engaging in graphic acts of violence on the Big Screen. However, if you're able to handle the carnage, you'll be in for one helluva a ride, as this movie goes deep into the madness of Juvie. Everything from assaults on inmates and drug-dealing are all captured in "Dog Pound" which drives one single message home, "Don't get locked up"!
As far as the casting goes for this French film, we have to start with Butch(Adam Butcher). Butch is a youth with more rage and angst than a wolverine on steroids, to put it simply. This kid was our favorite and he is also the main source of continuity throughout the film's duration. Any and everything major that happens in the film is connected to him in one way shape or form. Without giving too much detail, we will say that Butch is one of those quiet kids that can erupt if given the right provocation. Butch represents the kid with a tough upbringing that understands how his faults in the outside world can become treasures within the walls of detention.
Another juvie encased within the detention center is Davis, who is played by Shane Kippel, an actor which we all should know from the popular television hit, Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played Spinner on the show and his character of Davis is pretty much like Spinner, except without the quick-tempered bully aspect. Davis is a lover of women and drugs, but he is all too trusting which causes him to get in some sticky situations that could have dire consequences. This character represents the average teen going into a detention center without the tools or insight needed to maintain his innocence amongst the wolves and jackals birth from hard time.
This movie also contains some raw examples of what can happen when correctional officers are worked too hard. It's not easy to manage adult prisoners, but it can be twice as hard to deal with the fluctuating attitudes and defiance of youth. Goodyear(Bayne) is a hard-working CO that wants the best for all the young men that he oversees, but even he too has limits that can be pushed to no-end. Goodyear does his best to encourage the young men to make positive decisions and finish their time without incident, but somewhere along the line, the stress of the job appears to be more than he can bear. The character of Goodyear is a prime example of how quickly "Burnout" can negatively impact one's ability to utilize good judgement in a challenging situation.
"Dog Pound" as a whole is exceptional, in just about every aspect of the word. If you want to see a film that's raw, edgy and most importantly, powerful, you need to see this film. This movie isn't for those looking for a sing-a-long or the next "High School Musical, "Dog Pound" is for viewers that enjoy a rare steak. So if you enjoy films such as "Kids" or "Bully" add this one to your list of movies to watch because it will have you glued to the edge of your seat! F.Y.I- it's on Netflix.
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