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Animal Kingdom (2010)Animal Kingdom (2010)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

A tense crime drama with a stellar cast

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6

movie

Australia

English

Action-packed, Gripping, Intense

2010

David Michôd

Andy McPhee, Anna Lise Phillips, Anthony Hayes

113 min

Synopsis

Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon discovers, this world is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine. J finds himself at the center of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down.

Our Take

7.6
Lee Adams

A cracking cast including Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton elevate this dark and gripping Australian crime drama, which was received with glowing reviews from critics but was sadly forgotten with time.

Breakout star James Frecheville plays J, a teenager who goes to live with his grandmother, the head of a Melbourne crime organization. As the heat closes in and things go awry, J finds himself caught between his family and a detective who wants to save him.

Jacki Weaver is outstanding as the conniving grandma and the film put Ben Mendelsohn on the road to Hollywood stardom. Animal Kingdom is a superior crime saga with plenty of emotional depth to match the tense drama.

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