Animal Kingdom (2010) - Oscar Nominee!
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A Crime Story
|A tennager navigates his survival n the melbourne underworld amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.|
"...It's a distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema... Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"...You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year... Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteA 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.
Animal Kingdom - DVD Review
By: The Masked Movie Snobs Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/25/2011 3:15 PM
|J (newcomer James Frecheville) is an 18-year-old boy thrust into the midst of his criminal extended family when his mom ODs and dies. Mom had shielded the boy from her sketchy mother and brothers, but with nowhere left to turn young J reaches out to his grandma, colorfully nicknamed Smurf (Jacki Weaver). She welcomes him into her home with open arms and he sets about integrating himself into his extended family while also attempting to keep his shady uncles at arm’s length. When one of his uncles is unlawfully gunned down by cops, his other uncles recruit him in their plan for retaliation. That plan is spearheaded by J’s craziest uncle, Pope, quite literally insane and off his meds. Where will J’s true alliance end up: with the untrustworthy cops or his criminal clan?...read the full review|
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