It’s been a minute since I’ve done a movie preview, but time permitting wanted to give everyone a heads up on a new movie soon to drop in the UK, called Dog Pound. It’s an award-winning indy, directed by Kim Chapiron, largely unknown in the states but the film is drawing comparisons to a movie I recently saw, called A Prophet (Un Prophete). I gave A Prophet 4 out of 5 stars, a quality movie, and Dog Pound looks similar based on the trailer – but even more aggressive.
Most of the cast, including young stars Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, and Mateo Morales will be unknown in the states, but have fairly extensive work overseas. One early IMDB review calls it a “teen Shawshank,” referencing one of my favorite films ever, Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption. That is a positive sign for me.
Dog Pound hits cinemas on August 27th internationally, and while we wait for a stateside release you can see the trailer below the film’s official synopsis. This one looks interesting and we’ll keep an eye out for it.
Chilling and hard-hitting, DOG POUND doesn’t hide its despair about the juvenile prison where its story takes place.
From young French director, Kim Chapiron (who made 2006 film, SHEITAN), this drama is a chilling walk through a training ground for violence and aggression, able to stand up on its own bare-boned terms to comparisons with Jacques Audiard’s A PROPHET, DOG POUND follows three young offenders with a camera that couldn’t be closer to the skin. Cinematographer Andre Chemetoff sustains that tactility throughout the film, so the cramped spaces are felt as much as seen.