• Animal Kingdom (2010)

Animal Kingdom

Release Date: August 13th, 2010

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2011

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

Production Co: Film Victoria, Porchlight Films, Showtime Australia

Keywords: Gripping , Pursuit , Escape , 2010s , Tense , Engaging , Gritty , Family ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A naturalistic drama rich in psychology and attention to details. There's no glamour here, but one false move by anyone can result in death, so tension fills nearly every scene. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture