Dog Pound Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2014
A well-meaning but ultimately disappointing and hollow take on a juvenile center focused around the lives of three boys recently put into the system, and what they experience during their time there. For the first half of the film, it is surprisingly gripping and realistically filmed and plotted. However, in the second half of the movie it veers left into "melodrama" territory, where you hardly start to believe anything that is happening and the story takes its lenses off of the boys in the facility and instead makes a hail-mary middle-finger attempt at the correctional officers. The acting is pretty good, about what you would expect for an indie film. In the end though, there are just too many scenes that feel fake and forced, not to mention pretty predictable, and the film never seems to decide what it wants to be truly about anyways.
Super Reviewer
August 21, 2010
My predicted rating: 2.5

I'm not sure if this has any official announcement to say that this is a remake of the film "Scum', but there is no doubt that that is the case.

A modernised correctional facility in America provides the backdrop to this tale. Bear with the beginning, the performances come across a little amateur, but that seems to grow through with the storyline.

It's not a patch on the original, however the violence shown has excalated and you do get the sense of fear from this film.
½ December 23, 2013
Brutal and Harsh don't begin to describe Dog Pound. A story about a juvenile detention "prison" and its occupants might be a bit exaggerated but the acting done by Adam Butcher as the angry ring leader of the boys is beyond his years.
½ June 25, 2015
A viscerally frightening and depressingly unnerving prison drama, Dog Pound sheds a plentiful conglomerate of light among its terrifically talented young cast while exposing the unflinchingly brutal horrors of prison life with intelligence, queasily realistic violence and uncompromising storytelling.
July 4, 2015
Ultra realistic acting, it makes you feel like you're really there. Some of the acting was a little forced, however. It felt unrealistic that all of these terrible events happened in only a month. Nonetheless, the film was highly entertaining, and at many times very uncomfortable to watch. The ending was unexpected, which is good for a movie to have because it makes a film more watch-able and removes cliché.
½ March 24, 2015
More like puppy pound but the story is fast paced and interesting even if cliche .
½ February 5, 2015
An interesting film about three boys and their journey through the prison system.
½ January 22, 2015
Dog Pound is violent and gritty in its harsh realities but with out a plot, conclusion, or purpose beyond its passable shock value, all its melodrama feels like nothing more than ?every prison movie but with teens this time.?
½ September 15, 2014
Worst. Cop out. Ever.
September 3, 2014
Dog Pound is guaranteed to frighten, crush and leave you feeling hollowed out to the point where the viewing is nauseating due to its outstandingly terrifying look at the horrors of prison life and it is all held together by its incredibly talented young cast.
Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2014
A well-meaning but ultimately disappointing and hollow take on a juvenile center focused around the lives of three boys recently put into the system, and what they experience during their time there. For the first half of the film, it is surprisingly gripping and realistically filmed and plotted. However, in the second half of the movie it veers left into "melodrama" territory, where you hardly start to believe anything that is happening and the story takes its lenses off of the boys in the facility and instead makes a hail-mary middle-finger attempt at the correctional officers. The acting is pretty good, about what you would expect for an indie film. In the end though, there are just too many scenes that feel fake and forced, not to mention pretty predictable, and the film never seems to decide what it wants to be truly about anyways.
½ April 8, 2014
Likeable characters. The problem is that they're placed in a situation rather than a story.
January 6, 2014
Pretty accurate for a 90 day program in juvi... expect for the over the top dramatizations. The riot and beat ups explain why the tables in a real jdc weigh 40 lbs, seats built into tables screwed into the ground, no one allowed to be unattended (and randomly roaming around), and why all the sporks/cups need to be counted and taken back after meals. Besides that and the beat ups and the dickheads (Banks...) this is a pretty realistic summary.
December 15, 2013
Better remake of '79 Scum.
December 10, 2013
Dom Sucks serious penis
January 22, 2013
Wow! This is one of the best movies of the year! The acting in this film is brilliant and the story is so compelling and realistic that you will be drawn into these kids nightmare from the first 20-min of the film. What an amazing piece of film making and storytelling! Should be recognized for some award - it is really great!
November 25, 2013
It's alot like "Bad Boys" without the talent of Sean Penn, and without direction.
November 5, 2013
Yes, like all jail incarceration movies, this one has some of the same qualities, such as taking place in a juvenile detention center and like the 1983 version of Bad Boys with Sean Penn including inner gang turmoil, bonding of gang members, violent rape and beatings under unsafe conditions, us against the mentality, but this is 2010, not 1983. Even though it is over 20 years later, and two generation apart, this movie still has the edge of your seat punch to rate it a 6, especially with handicaps of having a small budget and using all unknown actors. I recommend it for those viewers that are fascinated by the reality of life and social dynamics within a dysfunctional corrupted system, ( which this theme can be applied to any of our present day systems }.
June 22, 2013
once it sinks its teeth in, you're fated to drawn in for sure..
½ June 20, 2013
I'll never forget Butch, Banks, the two half breeds or the soundtrack. And for that, kudos kiddos.
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