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Alpha (2018)

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In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

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Albert Hughes

Writers:

Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt (screenplay by), Albert Hughes (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Keda
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Tau
Marcin Kowalczyk ... Sigma
Jens Hultén ... Xi
Natassia Malthe ... Rho
Spencer Bogaert ... Kappa
Mercedes de la Zerda ... Nu
Leonor Varela ... Shaman Woman
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha is a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. After the young man reluctantly tames a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

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Mankind Discovers Man's Best Friend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense peril | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,352,512, 19 August 2018

Gross USA:

$35,857,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,203,196
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Studio 8 See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Was also filmed at Dinosaur Provincial Park near Patricia Alberta. See more »

Goofs

When Keda falls during the hunt, he hits two ledges on the way down (and tries to grab a third, smaller ridge) before landing on the ledge below. But a few seconds later, when the camera travels from the tribe above to the unconscious Keda below, no other ledges protrude between the top and the ledge on which he is lying. See more »

Quotes

Tau: Life is for the strong. It is earned, not given.
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Title appeared at the end of the film See more »

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Featured in Alpha: Boy & Wolf (2018) See more »

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Alpha
22 March 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

Wow what an actual surprise. This movie was delayed many times. Originally scheduled to release in September 2017 it was pushed to March 2018 then to September 2018 then back a month to August 2018 ultimately. The reason for these delays? I'm not even quite sure. The first trailers showed a very dark story (which it kinda is), but then newer trailers showed off a bit more of a family friendly "kid gets prehistoric dog" sort of story. The story takes place 20,000 years ago in Europe following a young man named Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee). who has finally joined his father Chief Tau (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) on their tribes yearly hunt. First off this movie is shot beautifully. Some of the best cinematography I've seen for any movie in 2018. It does a great job even in the opening sequence of hunting the bison of just getting color palettes down and giving a sense of dread. The performances are also something that excels in this movie. Johannesson as Chief Tau is just great. He has such a believable love for his son and their chemistry is great. Smit-McPhee as well is excellent and he really grows as a character here. They even created a language they use but even with it being non english the emotions run high in this one. I loved Alpha as well the wolf has a lot of emotions shown through its actions and some slight use of CG. My one gripe here is the last ten minutes get just a bit too Hollywood for me and although there's a twist to the entire story I still wanted it to change it slightly, but without spoiling it it actually makes sense it's just personal preference. Overall, solid movie that suffered from some really bad marketing. I would say if you missed this one to begin with definitely give it a look!


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