Animal Kingdom

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A tennager navigates his survival n the melbourne underworld amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.


Studio Sony
SKU 218186185
UPC 043396366817
UPC 14 00043396366817
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Family Life
Editors Note
Note A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother's drug habit catches up with her, and he's taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf's reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne. Baz (Joel Edgerton) looks after the money and is urging Smurf to move into something legit, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn) is a criminal jack-of-all-trades who never lets go of a grudge, Darren (Luke Ford) is an enforcer with an unfortunate weak streak, and Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a drug dealer who has become addicted to his own product. When Baz is murdered, the family's voice of reason is gone, and the unstable Pope takes the lead in the family's hierarchy; as suspicions fall on Joshua, the quiet newcomer is moved out of the house to keep him safe. Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) is a police detective who has found out who Joshua is and what he knows, and he tries to convince the teenager to help him put the Cody family behind bars, though Joshua isn't certain about his loyalties to these outlaws who are also his blood. The first feature film from director David Michod, ANIMAL KINGDOM was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature.
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Michod's tale has a stunned, scuzzy neo-noir modernity, but the outline of a classic western." 03/01/2011
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ocusing on emotional violence rather than blood and guts or, worse yet, slapstick....A gangster movie that -- imagine this -- makes you wish there were more of them." 03/01/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Weaver's soft-spoken way with a threat serves indelible chills..." 04/01/2011
Ben Mendelsohn
Jacki Weaver
Guy Pearce
Luke Ford
Cast & Crew
Ben Mendelsohn - Star
Jacki Weaver - Star
Guy Pearce - Star
Luke Ford - Star
James Frecheville - Star
Joel Edgerton - Star
Anna Lise Phillips - Co-Star
Laura Wheelwright - Co-Star
Tim Phillipps - Co-Star
Josh Helman - Co-Star
Jack Heanly - Co-Star
Christina Azucena - Co-Star
Jacquie Brennan - Co-Star
Ben Ouwehand - Co-Star
Anthony Ahern - Co-Star
Bryce Lindemann - Co-Star
Paul Smits - Co-Star
Michael Vice - Co-Star
Chris Weir - Co-Star
Sarah Nguyen - Co-Star
Lucia Cai - Co-Star
Ann Michod - Co-Star
Michael Cody - Voice
Bert Labonte - Co-Star
James Saunders - Co-Star
Dom Phelan - Co-Star
Brenda Palmer - Co-Star
Tom Noble - Co-Star
Daniel Roche - Co-Star
Andy McPhee - Co-Star
Kieran Darcey-Smith - Co-Star
Anthony Hayes - Co-Star
Clayton Jacobson - Co-Star
Mirrah Foulkes - Co-Star
David Michod - Co-Star
Susan Prior - Co-Star
Sullivan Stapleton - Co-Star
Dan Wyllie - Co-Star
Justin Rosniak - Co-Star
David Michod - Screenwriter
Adam Arkapaw - Director of Photography
Kirsten Veysey - Hairstylist
Peter Stubbs - Special Effects Supervisor
Anthony Partos - Composer
Helen Lovelock - Post-Production Supervisor
Sam Petty - Sound
Zev Eleftheriou - Stunt Coordinator
Phil Jones - Assistant Director
David Michod - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396366817
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource New York Daily News
Review ...Most crime stories are content to simply exist, wallowing in their own base violence. But David Michod's fierce debut takes the genre apart, finding a reason for the madness that propels it...
Reviewer Elizabeth Weitzman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Wall Street Journal
Review ...A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title, David Michod'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...
Reviewer Joe Morgenstern
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review ...Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style...
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 10
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle ...a remarkable film...
Andrew O'Hehir, ...It's a distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year...

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