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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    Because Animal Kingdom is so richly suffused with atmosphere and style, you could almost float right past the deficiencies in its story in an admiring trance. show more

  • 90
    Bob MondelloNPR

    First-time writer/director David Michod reportedly worked for eight years on his screenplay, deepening its tale of a violently dysfunctional family until its gangster conventions feel as if they're in the service of a modern-day Greek tragedy. show more

  • 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

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