Release date: Out now
Cast: Kodi Smit-mcphee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Spencer Bogaert, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela.
At its heart, Alpha is a coming-of-age story set in the harsh world of the last Ice Age.
However, it also tells a beautiful origin tale of how dogs became man’s best friend.
Young Keda (Smit-mcphee) is the son of a tribal chief about 20,000 years ago in Europe.
Separated and wounded during a hunting party, Keda needs to make it back home to his tribe before winter starts but is interrupted by a pack of wolves who think he’ll make an easy meal.
Fortunately, Keda is able to wound one of the wolves and then waits for the rest to run off. However, he doesn’t kill the wounded wolf and instead the pair slowly become friends.
This marks the beginning of an epic adventure, at times fraught with danger, of human-canine friendship and survival.
Alpha is rated PG for mild survival themes and sense of peril.