ALPHA (PG) What you live is what you pet US, 96 min
Long before dogs had their day — some 20,000 years ago, to be exact — another species had an impressive tryout for the job as man’s best friend. This is the story of a hardy Arctic wolf named Alpha, and how she buddied-up big-time with Keda (Australian star Kodi SmitMcPhee), the only son of the chief of a nomadic tribe. On his very first hunting expedition, Keda gets on the wrong side of a rampaging pack of bison and takes a tumble over a ledge. Left for dead, Keda faces an impossibly arduous journey home until a chance encounter with the kindly and clever Alpha. What follows is a stark yet stunningly mounted adventure odyssey, wherein boy and wolf must meld minds to continually elude every danger nature sends their way. Younger viewers (boys in particular) will plug into this experience on an easy-to-follow, coming-of-Ice-Age level. Older onlookers won’t mind it either as a shorter, sweeter version of The Revenant, minus the murders and revenge killings, of course!