Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom

David Michôd (2009)

108min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
Australian writer/director David Michôd's feature debut is an astonishingly assured and powerfully gripping work, a fusion of searing style and profound content. A tense survival of the fittest ensues when socially inept teenager Joshua (newcomer James Frecheville) goes to live with his criminal in-laws after the death of his drug addict mother. However, while learning the tricks of their Melbourne crime trade, he's caught in the centre of a bitter feud between his family and renegade police. The performances are exemplary: Ben Mendelsohn is simmering rage personified as a man whose days of criminal supremacy are now behind him; Oscar-nominated Jacki Weaver is terrifying as the grandmother who'll stop at nothing to protect her boys; and Guy Pearce excels as a straight cop who struggles to get Joshua to do the right thing. With its vivid portrayal of a realistically grimy underworld, this is a tremendously exciting and challenging thriller that builds unnervingly to a stunning conclusion.

Summary

A teenager goes to live with his grandmother after his mother's death from a drug overdose, only to find his new guardian is the head of a criminal gang. He must decide where his loyalties lie when his unstable uncle leads the family into increasingly violent actions, while a police detective tries to persuade him to turn informant. Crime thriller, with James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn.

Cast & Crew

Andrew "Pope" Cody Ben Mendelsohn
Barry "Baz" Brown Joel Edgerton
Det Senior Sgt Nathan Leckie Guy Pearce
Joshua "J" Cody James Frecheville
Janine "Smurf" Cody Jacki Weaver
Craig Cody Sullivan Stapleton
Darren Cody Luke Ford
Nicky Henry Laura Wheelwright
Ezra White Dan Wyllie
Det Justin Norris Anthony Hayes
Director David Michôd
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Releasing Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 25 Feb 2011

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