Dog Pound (2009)
My Rating : 4/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >> “Violent, Disturbing and a terrific film!”
Here is a tense, tautly wound penal drama, a kind of pocket A Prophet that charts the mis-education of three young tearaways at the Enola Vale correctional centre in Montana.
Perhaps this tells us nothing new about life on the inside in the US (there are rapes, riots and suicides), but it at least handles its brief with pace and precision. Director Kim Chapiron lines up his cast and lets them go, rattling through the yards and corridors where danger lurks at every turn.
Angel (Mateo Morales) is a fallen innocent, Davis (Shane Kippel) a tattooed Oedipus and Butch (Adam Butcher) a lanky, charismatic hothead. All Butch has to do, he is told, is make it through two weeks without blotting his copybook; without manhandling a guard, say, or tenderising a rival’s face with a metal mug in the second-floor washroom. Somehow I don’t think he’s going to make it.