Alpha: The Right to Kill

Directed by Brillante Mendoza
94 Minutes
Filipino, Tagalog
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Not Rated
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Set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government's crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manila. Police Officer Espino and Elijah, a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation, which quickly escalates into a violent and heavily-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel's gang. Before the investigators arrive at the crime scene, Espino and Elijah walk off with Abel's backpack full of money and methamphetamine. This gesture of survival for one and corruption for the other will soon set off a dangerous series of events, both of them risking their reputations, families and lives in the process.

  • Highest Rating
    "Punchy docudrama-style execution and an involving narrative that bowls along like, well, gangbusters, give Alpha an immediacy that's often been missing from Mendoza's realist studies of Filipino street life."
    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "[S]trong in its documentary feel and scathing in its message...."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
  • Highest Rating
    "There's a bone-weary resignation to its worldview that underlines its simple moral point all the more effectively."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "A gritty, vividly realistic glimpse at Philippine's 'War on Drugs.'"
    Charlie David Page, Switch

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