Alpha trailer imagines an origin story for humans and good dogs

After a lengthy delay, Sony Pictures has released the second trailer for its "boy-meets-dog-for-the-first-time" prehistoric adventure movie Alpha.

Starring the X-Men series' Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alpha follows the story of a young hunter-gatherer who becomes separated from his tribe with an injury in the wilderness some 11,000 years ago. 

Instead of succumbing to the heartless forces of nature, the man grabs them by the scruff of the neck and domesticates them, sparking a relationship with a lone wolf and forming a bond with him to survive. 

The trailer feels like a throwback to a more innocent era, back when Don "Thunder Throat" LaFontaine lured us to the theaters with his oddly calming, big bass voice. In other words: This is the story of a boy, a dog, and the journey of a lifetime. 

As far as story is concerned, this trailer's pretty light on it, subbing in character dynamics between the big dog and the young adult instead. Do you remember how Solo showed audiences the thrilling first meeting between Han Solo and his homie Chewbacca? It's kind of like that. Did you even see Solo? Or were you saving your money for this?

Overall, it looks like the blender pitch for this thing would be something like "Balto meets The Revenant meets 10,000 BC meets, oh, Where the Red Fern Grows." While that doesn't sound like much of a blockbuster recipe in this heartless modern era, it still looks like it could be a diverting good time. Mom will probably like it. We'll go to Olive Garden after.

Alpha will be out in theaters on August 17.