Hello man’s best friend: Go way WAY back with Alpha

(image via IMP Awards)


An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone — he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming 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 the deadly winter arrives. (synopsis via Coming Soon)

Dogs are widely regarded as man’s best friend. (Don’t tell the cats that; actually, being a cat person with a long association with our feline friends, I doubt they’d care.)

So uniquitous (in the best possible way) are our four-legged friends that it’s easy to think they have always been around us, protecting, aiding, uplifting and just generally making us feel like a million bucks.

Fact is all dogs were once wild animals, in common with all other domestic livestock, and a fascinating new film, Alpha, due out next year, is having a rd-hot go at conjecturing what this meeting of man and dog might have been like.

It’s all little overblown and melodramatic but heartfelt too, with some pretty stunning CGI visuals (anyone up for a tumble over the cliff with an ancient bison?) and could be an entertaining way to bring all the archaeological evidence to life.

Just don’t expect to see a lot of cats in the audience.

Alpha releases in USA on 2 March 2018 and in Australia on 8 March


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