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Animal Kingdom (2010)

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A seventeen-year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

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David Michôd

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David Michôd
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Frecheville ... Joshua 'J' Cody
Bryce Lindemann Bryce Lindemann ... Paramedic #1
Paul Smits Paul Smits ... Paramedic #2
Jacki Weaver ... Janine 'Smurf' Cody
Joel Edgerton ... Barry 'Baz' Brown
Luke Ford ... Darren Cody
Sullivan Stapleton ... Craig Cody
Mirrah Foulkes ... Catherine Brown
Anthony Ahern ... Armed Robbery Detective
Justin Rosniak ... Detective Randall Roache
Michael Vice ... Hood #1
Chris Weir ... Hood #2
Laura Wheelwright ... Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen Sarah Nguyen ... Waitress
Lucia Cai Lucia Cai ... Cashier
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Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The ... Written by Huggo

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Protection, manipulation, morality, survival, loyalty. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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Directorial theatrical film debut of David Michôd. See more »

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Detective Randall Roache: Look I know you got a problem Janine, but I don't see how this mess your boys are in has got anything to do with me. So if you've called me in here to see if there are some strings I can pull in your way of course. Is that what this is about?
Janine Cody: Hey Randall, before you go on, this boy who's currently being looked after, tell me if you agree with this, this boy who's being looked after, he knows who you are. And you know how these things go they're gonna ask him all sorts of questions about ...
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All Out of Love
Written by Graham Russell & Clive Davis
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Aussie thriller enlivened by good twists and performances
28 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ANIMAL KINGDOM is another slice of gruelling nastiness that comes to us courtesy of our Australian cousins. It's not quite as downbeat and depressing as SNOWTOWN, although it gets close at times. This elaborate thriller is about a sprawling family of ne'er-do-wells and no-good criminals and what happens when a young and innocent relation is brought into the fold.

It's not really the narrative that's important here, although there are a number of fresh situations and off-hand moments that make it stand out (that opener is a real clincher). It works best when delivering a series of shocks and sudden twists that the viewer certainly doesn't see coming. No, it's the characterisation where ANIMAL KINGDOM really shines; this is a film for actors, showcasing a number of realistic performances from the cast.

Ben Mendelsohn is the one who really stands out in his star-making turn as the thoroughly creepy guy at the top of the chain, while Joel Edgerton and Sullivan Stapleton bring depth to their otherwise thuggish roles. James Frecheville plays it quiet and understated as the lead although the reliable Guy Pearce shines as a cop. Jacki Weaver may play one of the most understated and nasty characters ever. It's a decent film, certainly more compelling than most things Hollywood put out these days.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Kingdom See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Budget:

AUD5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,968, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$1,044,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,209,912
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2.35 : 1
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