Animal (2005)

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When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the ... See full summary »



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When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the streets, becoming a criminal. While in the corrupt prison, Animal works for the powerful prisoner Kassada, but when he meets the revolutionary Berwell, his view of life changes. Animal is released on probation and tries to have a straight life, but his past and his fame haunt him, while he sees that Darius is following his path in a criminal life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His Legacy Must End... For His Son's Life To Begin.


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Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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5 September 2007 (Finland)  »

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Prison Block  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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When Animal (Ving Rhames) is approached in the prison yard and told to come and meet with Kassada (Chazz Palminteri) he tosses away the wadded paper in his mouth. The next cut shows him at the table with Kassada and it's back in his mouth. See more »


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Ving Rhames IS the Animal...
18 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Allen (Animal) goes to prison for armed robbery for almost a decade while leaving behind a legacy as a cold-blooded killer. But more importantly he leaves behind his young son (Terrence Howard) who follows his father's footsteps. When James returns after becoming enlightened by an old black revolutionary, he attempts to instill his new beliefs in his son. The conflict between Rhames and Howard relates to the way many African-Americans perceive themselves and their places in society after centuries of slavery/oppression. This is a powerful film with a terrific story and superb acting, especially by Terrence Howard. He gives another astounding performance that will prove to people why this guy is one of the most underrated actors working today. If you want to see realism portrayed at its best, check this one out.

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