Animal Kingdom tells the story of a 17 year old Aussie who is thrust into the middle of his criminal family. He must find a way to survive the dangers and hopefully escape the life that is being set before him.
Joshua Cody is taken in by his grandmother at the beginning of the film after his mother dies of a drug overdose. His cousins take him under their wing and start to show him the ropes of the family business. The family business in this case being drug dealing and armed robbery. It strikes me as odd that a country founded on the criminal and poverty stricken would devolve into organized crime. I mean, really, if they can’t make it, what chance does a nice church going boy like me have? (before you ask, I’m a deacon of the Church of Scientology. We believe in Super Saiyans:)
This is the first feature film of writer/director David Michôd. The film is full of Australians, such as Guy Pearce, who was born in England. Wait, that doesn’t make any sense. I’m going to need Mel Gibson’s help on this one. What’s that, Mel? I’m a what? I’m going to be whated by a pack of whats? Honestly, how could this culture be confused with one that has organized crime?
Who’s It For?
Movie Release Date
August 13, 2010
Who’s In It?
Ben Mendelsohn … Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody
Joel Edgerton … Barry Brown
Guy Pearce … Leckie
Luke Ford … Darren Cody
Jacki Weaver … Janine Cody
Sullivan Stapleton … Craig Cody
James Frecheville … Joshua ‘J’ Cody
Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Ned Kelly, No Country for Old Men, The Godfather
What’s Good About It?
The film already has a bunch of reviews online, and while I’ve only read a few and seen the trailer, this looks like one of the best films of the year. The acting and directing, even with some newcomers involved, is all top notch. One thing worth noting is that more than one review has said the director doesn’t always hold your hand, meaning he lets you figure some things out. I like that. I also like holding hands. Ladies.
What’s Bad About It?
It is set in Australia, which will always conjure up memories of Crocodile Dundee. He just so embodies the culture. I’ll have hard time watching the film and not thinking about stabbing a small amphibious dinosaur. They’re amphibious, right?
Our Clever Prediction
At present, Animal Kingdom is only set to receive a limited release, meaning you’ll most likely enjoy it on DVD in a few months. The great reviews will hopefully mean the director will get some more chances to make great crime dramas, maybe even one set in America that will make money. But I doubt the box office will be very high.