Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Classic crime-drama about a violent Melbourne family imploding in the iron grip of its pint-sized matriarch. Winner of Grand Jury Prize winner (World Cinema, Drama) at Sundance Film Festival 2010.

"Armed robber Pope Cody (Ben Mendelsohn) is in hiding, on the run from a gang of renegade detectives who want him dead. His business partner and best friend, Barry ‘Baz’ Brown (Joel Endgerton), wants out of the game, recognising that their days of old-school banditry are all but over. Pope’s younger brother, the speed-addicted and volatile Craig Cody (Sullivan Stapleton), is making a fortune in the illicit substances trade – the true cash cow of the modern criminal fraternity. Into this criminal world arrives their nephew, Joshua ‘J’ Cody (James Frecheville). Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his hitherto estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player but, as he soon discovers, this world is far more menacing than he could ever imagine..." (Official Synopsis)

Grand Jury Prize winner (World Cinema, Drama) at Sundance Film Festival 2010.
2010Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language and drug use112 minsAustralia
DramaClassicFestival & Independent

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Animal Kingdom / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's depiction of the raw fear lurking below the brothers' braggadocio is the most pronounced emotion in a movie whose focus on the personalities of its criminals suggests an Australian answer to "Goodfellas," minus the wise-guy humor.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style.

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Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Outstanding. Never before has a tale of crime and punishment been so exquisitely handled by one of our own. This is a towering achievement.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

A primal, pulsating story of one family heading over the edge.

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