Dog Pound (film)
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French theactrical poster
|Directed by||Kim Chapiron|
|Editing by||Benjamin Weill|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Three boys caught between youth and adulthood struggle to survive behind bars in this hard-hitting drama. Angel (Mateo Morales), Butch (Adam Butcher), and Davis (Shane Kippel) are teenage criminals who have been sentenced to a juvenile detention facility in Montana. Goodyear (Lawrence Bayne), a guard who looks after the young inmates, is tough but fair-minded and urges the youngsters to play by the rules and quietly serve their time so they can earn a second chance on the outside. But the new inmates have to deal with young men who have been in lockup for a while, many of whom have become accustomed to the violence and intimidation of life behind bars. Banks (Taylor Poulin) is a hard case who thrives on bullying those smaller and more vulnerable than himself; once he targets Butch, the new inmate starts down a path of retribution from which there is no return.
The focus revolves around the character 'Butch' who is imprisoned for attacking and blinding a correctional officer (later revealed to be in self-defense, as the correctional officer is accused of assaulting several other detainees). The film starts with an initial 'bedding in' period where the main characters are briefed by one of the guards (Goodyear) about how they should conduct themselves during their incarceration, including the possibility of earning points towards an early release should they behave. Butch initially attempts to conform with the rules. However, another of the recent detainees, Davis, finds himself bullied by some of the longer term youths who have earned the special privileges reserved for good behavior, but have abused in order to intimidate the other boys. Butch is eventually attacked by the youths (Banks, Loony, and Eckersley), whilst the bullying against Davis increases to the point that he is overdosed with an unrevealed substance given to him by Banks and Loony. Butch is sent to solitude due to his refusal to reveal his attackers. Once he is out he immediately takes revenge against the youths, using Davis as lookout cover, Butch brutally beats the bully leader (Banks) with a cup. The event helps establishes Butch's rank within the detention center and offers temporary protection to Davis and some of the other inmates. Butch is then told that the original charges against him will probably be dropped due to the emergence of other witnesses in relation to his attack against the police officer. However, during a routine painting job, the prison officer Goodyear accidentally kills one of the group (Angel) that Butch had formed friends with. Butch is placed in solitary confinement whilst an initial investigation takes place. Whilst Butch is in solitary, Davis is beaten up and raped by the inmates who had earlier bullied him, later he tries to contact his mom during the overnight, the guard at the time denies his request. The next morning Davis has killed himself feeling hopeless. As a result, the dormitory unit goes on a hunger strike during breakfast. Frank starts an aggressive chant in the cafeteria. After a stare down across the cafeteria with Loony, Butch loses control and instigates a riot in the cafeteria. The detention officers are overwhelmed and use riot gear, tear gas and plastic bullets in an attempt to end the riot. Butch escapes outside the building during the confusion, but is taken down violently by the prison officers and dragged back in. Intending that he spends 4 more years in prison.
Dog Pound was the first English-language feature from French director Kim Chapiron, and the film earned him an award as Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film was described as "intense" and not suited to the tastes of all viewers by reviewer, Perri Nemiroff.
- Adam Butcher as Butch
- Shane Kippel as Davis (Butch's close friend)
- Mateo Morales as Angel (Butch's close friend)
- Slim Twig as Max (Butch's close friend)
- Taylor Poulin as Banks (Davis and Butches Tormentor)
- Dewshane Williams as Frank
- Lawrence Bayne as Goodyear (Unit Supervisor)
- Trent McMullen as Sands
- Jeff McEnery as Loony
- Bryan Murphy as Eckersley
- William Christopher Ellis as Meakin
- Xan Brooks (26 August 2010). "Dog Pound". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- Philip French (29 August 2010). "Dog Pound". The Observer. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- Perri Nemiroff. "Tribeca Review: Dog Pound". CinemaBlend.com. Cinema Blend LLC. Retrieved 14 September 2012.