Alpha (2018)

A hero’s journey in its rawest form. Sound and images telling a story. There’s dialogue but it’s either a made up language or some kind of ancient Native American dialect. Who knows? The point is you don’t know what they’re saying, but you do fell the emotion of it, and that in itself is a marvel. Plot wise it’s relatively simple. An adolescent boy, out on his first hunt, gets into a fight with a buffalo, is thrown off a cliff, and is reluctantly left for dead by his father. The tough kid survives by battling all kinds of beastly foes. Along the way he saves a wolf he injures. As they struggles back to the boys tribe they bond, forming the archetypal bond. It’s simple, but powerful, and I like this more than I should’ve.

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