Excerpt: As intense as DOG POUND is, I think it doesn't offer nothing strictly original. Also, it feels a little episodic, and one dimensional. While it's depiction of the rivalry between factions formed within the jail is one of the main focus, the movie forgets to reflect a little MORE of the camaraderie and friendship among cell mates. You can deduce it, but without it, some of the human aspect that could have awaken a little more compassion from the spectator is absent.
Conclusion: We have been here countless times before (a visit to a juvenile detention centre where the kids are tough and the wardens are tougher) and there is not enough here that stands out as anything different. But it is competently handled (the prison riot at the end is very well done) and Butcher is a striking presence as a young inmate with some severe anger issues.
Conclusion: This excellent hard hitting drama is based on the British 80's classic Scum, but now is set in the states. This youth correction prison is a tinder box, where a blind eye is turned to the bullying of the weaker and the alph dog will survive. The prison tries to re-build these kids so they don't re-offend, but mainly they are bound to re-offend.
Summary: Oder: Besserungsanstalt, die vieles schlimmer macht. "I'm too sexy for my shirt." David (Shane Kippel), Angel (Mateo Morales) und Butch (Adam Butcher) sind keine Heiligen: David handelt mit Drogen und konsumiert auch fleissig, Angel klaut Autos und begeht tätliche Angriffe auf ihre Besitzer, und Butch schlägt sich wortwörtlich durchs Leben. All drei werden geschnappt und ins Jugendgefängnis Enola Vale gesteckt.