Dog Pound was a decent indie movie about three young criminals incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility. It reminded me a lot of some of the Alan Clarke movies like Scum and Made in Britain. It was pretty visceral and may have overplayed the violence a little but I thought most of the performances were really exceptional. This was a particularly bleak movie. It didn't offer even a glimmer of hope for any of the protagonists and ended on a really dark note. The thing that made Dog Pound work for me was it's lack of commentary on its subject matter. It would have been real easy for the director, Kim Chapiron to add some preachy parts about the evils and ills of America's prison system but he withheld. He's a very young French director, with one other movie under his belt, Sheitan, and I think he has some real potential.
Fans of Degrassi: The Next Generation (Guilty!) will recognize Shane Kippel (Spinner) in the role of Davis, a small time drug dealer. And if you're seriously a fan of this guy, get on youtube and watch the dozens of weird montages set to shitty Canadian rock music about is character from the show.