14 October 2003 | EyeAskance
A unique and innovative film which deserves a second chance.
See the amazing Robert Downey Sr.'s chimerical POUND, and experience the happy-sadness of a single night in a city dog-pound from a canine point-of-view.
One of the director's stronger works, POUND is a brilliantly conceptualized semi-experimental film which is well-played by the entire cast. Each performer is in the role of a dog(sans costume), written in respect to specific characteristics of their breed/type(staunch, high-flown pedigree, agreeable dim-witted domestic mutt, world-wise elder, ruffian homeless mongrel, etc.). The bizarre, obstreperous script crackles with zippy dialog and trenchant witticisms, but the thrust of the matter is the disconcerting collective trepidation of impending doom(the dogs know that some among them are at an advantage, as puppies, pure-breeds, and lost domestics are less likely to be "put down" than the age-advanced, sickly, or mongrel types). We sympathize with these characters, and share their apprehension as the clock ticks away to their potential fate.
An ingenious experiment commendably executed(if a bit stagy at points), POUND has sadly slipped through the cracks into oblivion...let's hope it soon finds its way back home.