Set during a prehistoric ice age, young Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) passes one of his final tests, allowing him to hunt the most significant and wildest animals which are a severe threat to his people. Keda is given wisdom and guidance by his father, who at one point explains the importance of becoming the “Alpha” in all situations and even uses a nearby wolf pack as an example.
During a massive battle hunting beasts, Keda falls off a cliff and is assumed dead. Keda’s father sets up a memorial in his honour and he along with the tribe, begin their journey home.
Keda awakes alone, injured and hungry. Keda begins a pilgrimage to find his way home all by himself and try to survive the journey.
As far as the picture quality is concerned, Alpha is hands downs one of the most significant visual films I have seen in some time. This is a film that will truly show off your cinema display at any level. Given the quality of visuals, I’m surprised the film has yet to get a 4K or UHD release.
The film’s audio track equally matches the visuals. With the two combined (visual and audio), my jaw dropped on many occasions. Even looking at the minor details of a Wolf, I questioned multiple times if it was a real wolf or only a CGI fake. The graphics here are so good that many will struggle to tell the difference.
As a plot, the film is straightforward and easy to follow. Some audiences might be surprised to find the dialogue is in another language with subtitles. That being said, there isn’t much dialogue present during in this film as the film is not dialogued dense but more focused on the visuals of storytelling. Because of this, the film can feel a bit longer than it should, but this could also vary, depending on the viewer.
Overall I enjoyed many elements in Alpha. While the film’s style and plot may move at a slow pace, its visuals and style of storytelling is fantastic. The picture quality and audio track alone also makes this film one the best Bluray films to show will show off your home theatre room rather nicely. Worth a look!
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Review Written by Peter Walkden