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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.

Director:

David Michôd

Writer:

David Michôd
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Justin Rosniak ... Detective Randall Roache
Michael Vice ... Hood #1
Chris Weir Chris Weir ... Hood #2
Laura Wheelwright Laura Wheelwright ... Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen Sarah Nguyen ... Waitress
Lucia Cai Lucia Cai ... Cashier
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Storyline

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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A crime story.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Carstvo životinja See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,968, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,044,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,199,608
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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An early champion of the film was Joel Edgerton who worked hard to help drum up backers for David Michôd's script. Two years earlier, Edgerton had been in a similar position trying to get the backing necessary for his own screenplay, The Square (2008). See more »

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Joshua 'J' Cody: Mum kept me away from her family because she was scared. I didn't realise it at the time, but they were all scared - even if they didn't show it. I think even Barry Brown was scared - even though he never showed it. Everyone felt safe around Baz. He'd punch your head off if ya got in the way - if he was in the middle of an armed robbin', you got between him and the door, he'd put you on the ground and not think twice about it. But he was good to me, and to everyone else. Darren was only a ...
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Followed by Animal Kingdom: Pilot (2016) See more »

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Berserk Warriors
Written by Peter O'Dougherty (as Pete O'Doherty)
Performed by Mental As Anything
Published by Syray / PolyGram International Music Publishing
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
(p) 1981 Festival Records Pty Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Mana Music Australia Pty Ltd
On behalf of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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A triumph of Australian cinema.
10 June 2010 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

I will be honest, I have always found it hard to get excited about seeing an Aussie movie. I'm of the general opinion that the Oz film industry is normally too wrapped up in being 'true blue' that they forget to make films with a universal theme and subsequently building an output that strays very little. Well hasn't 2010 proved me wrong. First there was the breath of fresh air that was Bran Nue Dae followed by the memorable American-set debut by Sydney director Andrew Lancaster, Accidents Happen, and the moving WWI drama Beneath Hill 60. Then, like the final dose of a patriotic inoculation to my anti-Oz entertainment views of old, comes first-timer David Michod's Sundance winning Animal Kingdom, gaining my first five-star rating for the year.

With nary a flaw to be found, this crime-drama unfolds at a terrifically slow-burning yet somehow exhilarating pace. The intricately detailed tale has been crafted with such care and dedication that every single frame seems to be oozing with importance, whilst the amazing soundtrack significantly adds to the immersive atmosphere. Drawing you in from the very first scene and never letting you go, you can't help but think about what happens long after the final credits roll. The ambitious movie-making and successful result is even more remarkable when you consider that Michod never resorts to gratuitousness (with violence or sex) or over-the-top, colourful personalities – fallback devices for many modern 'gangster' pictures – instead allowing his immaculately constructed story and deeply invested characters, all of whom share a layered relationship with one another, to sweep us away.

Jacki Weaver has received numerous critical plaudits for her unnerving performance as Grandma Smurf – a resourceful, persevering women who'll stop at nothing to protect her boys – and deservedly so; the powerful handle she has on her sons and her willingness to embrace the criminal environment is deeply disturbing and chilling. Also tremendous, and for me the acting highlight of the picture, is Mendelsohn. An eerily quiet felon that can explode into unhinged and desperate violence at any moment, the monstrous Pope commands every bit of our attention. Witnessing his calm exterior when being arrested by the cops for a heinous crime – either because he assumes he'll go free or because going to prison just doesn't faze him – is extraordinary. Elsewhere youngsters Frecheville and Ford do a commendable job holding their own against such an experienced cast; Stapleton is fascinating as the drug-fuelled middle sibling; adding class and impact as always is international star Pearce whilst the immensely talented Edgerton presents a likable and charismatic alternative as Cody family friend Barry.

A triumph of Australian cinema, this could very well be one of our nation's greatest.

5 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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