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R| 1 hr. 52 min.

Plot Summary
In this gritty Australian crime drama, young Joshua "J" Cody (James Frecheville) is taken in by his extended family after his mother dies of an overdose. This branch of the Cody clan, overseen by J's scheming grandmother, Janine (Jacki Weaver), is heavily involved in various criminal activities, and they quickly indoctrinate the boy into their way of life. However, J is given an opportunity to take a different route when a cop named Leckie (Guy Pearce) seeks to help him leave the family fold.

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn , Joel Edgerton , Guy Pearce , Luke Ford , Jacki Weaver , Sullivan Stapleton , James Frecheville , Dan Wyllie

Director: David Michôd

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Release Date: August 13th, 2010|1 hr. 52 min.

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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard. show more

  • It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild. show more

  • A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title, David Michôd's Animal Kingdom is both a study in Darwinian survival-in this case survival of the shrewdest-and a group portrait of ruthless predators in the underworld of Melbourne, Australia. show more

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  • September 12, 2010 RomeGG
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    This is the best movie I've seen in years. My husband and I were simply mesmerized by the superb acting and storyline. Absolutely excellent and not to be missed!

  • September 12, 2010 jimni44
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    We saw this film last night, but we didn't hear this film. Whoever was responsible for the sound in this film should be permanently barred from ever working on another movie. The loud noises were too loud and the soft speaking and whispering were inaudible. That coupled with the difficulty of understanding the Australian accent made for a miserable waste of time and money. Besides, what we were able to hear of the dialog wasn't all that good anyway.

  • September 12, 2010 ncfrrst
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    Garbage!!! A total bore from down under. A wannabe Layer Cake. Throw this one in the trash can.

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Today marks the release of the Australian crime sensation 'Animal Kingdom' which won the won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at this year's Sundance Film Festival. After his mother ODs,...

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