WHITE GOD [2015] movie review

January 9, 2016 · Print This Article

I had heard of WHITE GOD [2015] (7/10) a few months ago from an extended interview with I believe a trainer from the film, or the director or someone very connected to the production. What I heard both interested me very much in seeing the movie, but also made me think, “can I handle seeing dogs portrayed in such hardship?” For those having the same question, I believe it is safe for sensitive animal people to watch.

The movie’s biggest flaw takes place in the very beginning. 13 year old Lilli is about to be left by her mom for three months as she goes to Australia for something seemingly work related. The problem is she is being left with her father who does not give off the impression he sees her often at all. Her mom has not prepared him enough, especially with regard to Hagen, Lilli’s dog. There was no heads up given about this, which is totally unbelievable. Lilli had just one medium sized suitcase for three months. For just a three day trip I would fill that suitcase with supplies for Kiki alone (food, toys, blanket, leash, harness, etc). Furthermore, her father is not even prepared for her. He has a tiny one-bedroom apartment. He just splits the two single mattresses apart and that’s where Lilli is expected to sleep. Totally unprepared on his part to take on his daughter. So this put me off quite a bit as it seemed ludicrous and how could a mother feel comfortable with her daughter staying, even with her father, without ironing out every last detail first?

That aside, right away the viewer is shown that non-purebred dogs are considered trash in Hungary. There are harsh rules for them and militant dog catchers out on the constant lookout for strays. Lilli’s father is not willing to pay the fee to register Hagen, so throws him out of his car right on the side of a road. This is the hardest scene in the movie for me, to see the confusion on Hagen’s face and for him to have to suddenly fend for himself. Thankfully he soon meets another dog buddy. This moment of peace does not last long as Hagen then gets passed from worse human to even worse human. He escapes from a dog fighting ring and the third act goes in a totally unexpected direction.

The emotion and subtlety the director and trainers are able to get from the pair of twin dogs playing Hagen is what holds the viewer.  There are some snarls and loud barks, but Hagen using only facial expressions shows emotion and thought like the best human actor.

The movie overall was good, but not great like I thought it would be. I thought there would be very large emotional scenes involving the dogs, but the unexpected action in the third act does not allow for that. Hagen and his many friends are no longer helpless and the victims.

This culminates in a final dog and human confrontation in an amazingly crafted final shot. Knowing all the dogs in every scene are real and not CGI, makes that final shot really amazing and haunting.

Comments

35 Responses to “WHITE GOD [2015] movie review”

  1. on September 24th, 2016 2:18 AM

    hello
    I m kimjeong-han
    Are you still staying in united stated?
    if you were have information about please let me know

    Reply

  2. on October 23rd, 2016 2:05 AM

    hi Jason
    if you ever come to south korea
    I’will let you know my address
    south korea chunra province
    ik-san city young deung -dong
    sin -il apt 104-1203

    Reply

  3. on November 17th, 2016 3:49 AM

    hello jason
    where did you stay put at florida in us?
    if you have a good information about you please let me know

    Reply

    Jason Collin Reply:

    Hello Jeong-han,

    I have moved out of Florida. I am planning to end up in California some time next year.

    Reply

  4. on November 26th, 2016 9:40 PM

    thank you for reply me again .
    Iwill you expecting to come to south korea again.

    Reply

  5. on November 27th, 2016 2:53 AM

    hello jason
    thank you for reply me again.
    Let me ask you something.
    I got a your personal webpage http://www.facebook.com/jasoncollin
    and I’m trying to call you at Florida in the united states but also it was not answer or you have connection wrong to plug
    what did you up to in united states?
    how long has you been since you leave for korea ?
    after then you were headed to another country thailand hong kong and japan I am thinking whatever you can never see me again
    but also why did you go to the california ?
    if you were have good classifiy information please let me know

    Reply

  6. on December 10th, 2016 3:06 AM

    hello
    if you made up you rmind come to south korea again
    please let me know
    where shall we meet in southkorea?
    I am thinking your knew about jeon-ju or ik-san
    you should tell me where do you stay put in south korea.
    after then I’ll call you
    will you give me your number?

    Reply

  7. on February 4th, 2017 10:27 PM

    Hello jason
    I wonder what what are you doing stay put at california in united states. I remember that as I looks like going back to the past.

    Reply

  8. on March 7th, 2017 11:33 PM

    hello jason how’s it going about tomEvans?
    does he still stay at florida in US?
    if you knew about him please let me know

    Reply

  9. on March 16th, 2017 4:22 AM

    If I ever want to facebook chit chat time with you on face to face
    I just want to let you know but Also I didn’t know you were face
    book and I still have to intention to chit chat time with you.
    If I ever facebook with you I’ll let you know

    Reply

  10. on March 27th, 2017 4:14 AM

    hello jason
    in your movie review
    on April 12 fast and furious 8 movie will coming out
    if fast and furious 8 film will be coming out
    I will have to check that on your movie review script.

    Reply

  11. on April 12th, 2017 4:08 AM

    jason
    are you stay at jemerez spring in mexico
    Like I would say have a wonder ful time and if you return back to home land please reply me again.

    Reply

  12. on April 28th, 2017 4:27 AM

    hello
    I hear the topgun movie ost kenny loggins song danger zone from the amazon.
    it was so passionate and Enthusastic. that ‘s why I recommend for you.

    Reply

  13. on May 15th, 2017 12:52 AM

    hello Jason
    I enjoy watching for the facebook webpage
    can I keep going it check it out on your webpage facebook
    if you want to write it down I will have to check it out

    Reply

  14. on May 24th, 2017 3:54 AM

    hello
    Are you stay at saudimountain In mexico?
    Last week you promise with me if I ever go to south korea I will let you know . I will coming for you at inchon international airport.

    Reply

  15. on May 30th, 2017 3:50 AM

    you were looks like website is a very well.
    When I look into you your website I’m interested in you
    I will tryto focus on you best the way I can.

    Reply

  16. on June 1st, 2017 1:46 AM

    if you ever come to south korea again
    you shouldn’t asking me about britney
    if you want know about ,
    I will let you know

    Reply

  17. on June 10th, 2017 3:28 AM

    on the last week
    I told you you shouldn’t asking me about britney but also
    I just want to let you know why do you shouldn’t asking me about britney.
    infact I went to britney house and write down on the threaten letter give it to her parent after Then I didn’t know that was stalking
    her mother and father angry at me I am prohibit to go her house.
    since they were family call the police
    Jason please forgive me
    I knew it you were met with her face to face go to vietnam
    will you keep promise me if you ever come to south korea again.?

    Reply

  18. Jason Collin
    on June 11th, 2017 5:35 PM

    Hello Jeon-Han,

    I will probably never return to South Korea. I hope you take care of yourself and do not get into trouble.

    Reply

  19. on June 11th, 2017 7:00 PM

    that’s okay

    Reply

  20. on June 11th, 2017 7:01 PM

    If you ever come to south korea again
    I worry about you should asking me about britney

    Reply

  21. on June 11th, 2017 7:49 PM

    in fact
    if you want met with me in south korea again
    there is a no talking about britney
    if I ever go to britney house I will go to jail

    Reply

  22. on June 12th, 2017 10:02 PM

    why do you reject come to south korea?
    I heard about britney and saw the her Website
    but you were met with britney when she was a trip to abroad vietnem.
    you have a take a photo with harry potter poster
    is that right ?
    tell me about the story you were met with a britney
    britney is knew about you were website but also britney is got a married it with her husband .
    her husband is working at the kunsan firestation in south korea
    if you want to met with britney . you should come to south korea again whatever if you ever come to south korea again
    we will have to discuss about it with my mother and her mother her husband.

    Reply

  23. on June 20th, 2017 9:04 PM

    whatever if you were return back to south korea again
    please let me know
    I will let them know to byuksung college students

    Reply

  24. on June 22nd, 2017 1:43 AM

    did you knew it byuksung college it has a stop after we were graduate from the college?
    I heard about byuksung college.
    in 2001 when you were teaching English in byuksung colleger
    in summmer after you were finished up semester you had with me hitchhiking is very fun since you leave for another country thailand
    new teacher nick have been come to south korea after we were graduate from the college byuksung college media English has a stop and I move out of another school.

    Reply

  25. on June 23rd, 2017 2:22 AM

    jason listen to me
    whatever I will probably never forget that your face.

    Reply

  26. on July 4th, 2017 2:06 AM

    I am the way and the truth of the life No one comes to Father except through me.

    Reply

  27. on July 4th, 2017 10:01 PM

    even if you made up your mind come to south korea again,
    I will probably discuss about it with britney mother and my mother
    and then I will coming for you at inchon international airport and let me treat for you lunch
    please calling at my house.

    Reply

  28. on July 13th, 2017 1:36 AM

    I am thinking I belive in you probably will come to south korea again and the you were decline come to south korea.
    but also I knew it I have no intention to discuss about it
    for the first time I was happy write it down on your personal webpage

    Reply

  29. on July 31st, 2017 12:40 AM

    hello Jason
    long time no see
    did you have think you were have mind come to south korea again?
    if you were mind come to south korea again I will let them know

    Reply

  30. on August 1st, 2017 2:46 AM

    hello Jason
    I’ m kimjeong-han is from the south korea
    in 2001 you were leave for thailand and after then you were came back to South korea again I have been call from the mobile phone .
    you were remember that?

    Reply

  31. on August 25th, 2017 12:42 AM

    hello I’m kim -Jeong-han is from the south korea
    in you were website you have take photograph with Tom Evans
    Let me ask you about him what does have going on tom Evans
    I check him out on his Facebook his website there is nothing I can find out about him Even if you have a good information about him please let me know because ji sung yup is asking me about you and Tom Evans what ‘s going on as soon as I was talking on the phone. I just want to know about him
    Tom Evans is a Englishman.
    let me check it out on his webpage I will send to you as soon as report to that when you checking on your laptop Webpage

    Reply

  32. on September 14th, 2017 12:43 AM

    hello Jason
    I’m kim-jeong-han
    did you made up your mind even if you ever come to South korea again? If I were you I would do that
    let me tell you one thing
    In additional to if you ever come to south korea again let me talk to britney
    I wish you better the come to south korea again as soon as possible. I will see you in South korea again.

    Reply

  33. on September 20th, 2017 11:51 PM

    hello jason
    I’m kim-jeong-han is from the south korea
    I just want to let you know my phone number if you ever made up your mind come to south korea again .
    this is my number (063)835-6822
    south korea chunra province
    ik-san city young-deung-dong sin-il Apt
    104-1203
    kim-jeong-han
    please calling at me and do not forget my address

    Reply

  34. on October 15th, 2017 2:42 AM

    Recently I have been check it out on your facebookwebpage
    you were trave went to New mexico
    could you introduce for me if you got a information about New mexico?

    Reply

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