I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Albert Hughes’ The Solutrean, which was the original title of the period survival thriller now known as ALPHA.
Hughes is the talented co-director of The Book of Eli and Dead Presidents, but he’s working without his brother Allen here, and the idea of Kodi Smit-McPhee in prehistoric times didn’t really excite me. However, after watching this trailer, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be looking forward to this film, which certainly offers no shortage of gorgeous visuals.
Described as an epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha takes place 20,000 years ago in Europe. While on his first hunt, an initiation to his tribe’s most elite group, a young man named Zeta (Smit-McPhee), is injured and left for dead after a bison hunt goes horribly wrong. Finding himself broken, alone, and miles from his village, he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Zeta reluctantly tames a lone wolf named Alpha that has been abandoned by its pack, and the unlikely pair learn to rely on each other to hunt. Together, they endure countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.
Some have invoked the name of Roland Emmerich’s long-forgotten 10,000 B.C. in discussing this film, but I think it looks more like The Revenant with a teenage lead. Either way, I’m a believer in Hughes, who hasn’t really let me down yet and deserves the benefit of the doubt here.
Sony will release Alpha on March 2, 2018, which seems like an awful long wait. It seems that patience is indeed a virtue…
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief