Animal Kingdom (Blu-ray)

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Gritty Australian crime drama set in mid-1980s Melbourne. 17-year-old Josh, or 'J' (James Frecheville), goes to live with his estranged grandmother Cody (Jacki Weaver) and uncles Pope (Ben Mendelsohn), Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) and Darren (Luke Ford) after his mother dies from a heroin overdose. It turns out that Cody is a fearsome crime matriarch presiding over a family of armed robbers, drug dealers, murderers, gangsters and sociopaths. Josh must now navigate his way through this explosive 'animal kingdom' of violent crime, helped and hindered in equal measures by police detective Leckie (Guy Pearce).

Product Details

Barcode
5055201814043
Department
Movies & TV
Released
11 Jul 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Action
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Optimum Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Interviews: David Michod (Director), Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, James Frecheville, Laura Wheelwright, Sullivan Stapleton, Luke Ford
  • Commentary: David Michod (Director), Cast
  • Makin
Runtime
113 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Animal Kingdom
Release Year
2010
Running Time
112 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Betrayal / Coming Of Age / Corruption / Crime / Detective / Families / Family Life / Mafia / Thieves
US Box Office
$1.0 million
Official Website
http://www.sonyclassics.com/animalkingdom
Ratings
IMDb
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes®
94% 83%
Metacritic
83
Synopsis
A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother's drug habit catches up with her, and he's taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf's reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne. Baz (Joel Edgerton) looks after the money and is urging Smurf to move into something legit, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn) is a criminal jack-of-all-trades who never lets go of a grudge, Darren (Luke Ford) is an enforcer with an unfortunate weak streak, and Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a drug dealer who has become addicted to his own product. When Baz is murdered, the family's voice of reason is gone, and the unstable Pope takes the lead in the family's hierarchy; as suspicions fall on Joshua, the quiet newcomer is moved out of the house to keep him safe. Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) is a police detective who has found out who Joshua is and what he knows, and he tries to convince the teenager to help him put the Cody family behind bars, though Joshua isn't certain about his loyalties to these outlaws who are also his blood. The first feature film from director David Michod, ANIMAL KINGDOM was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature.
Poster
Poster for Animal Kingdom
Cast & Crew
Director
David Michod
Star
Joel Edgerton / Luke Ford / James Frecheville / Ben Mendelsohn / Guy Pearce / Jacki Weaver
Voice
Michael Cody
Co-Star
Anthony Ahern / Christina Azucena / Jacquie Brennan / Lucia Cai / Kieran Darcey-Smith / Mirrah Foulkes / Anthony Hayes / Jack Heanly / Josh Helman / Clayton Jacobson / Bert Labonte / Bryce Lindemann / Andy McPhee / Ann Michod / David Michod / Sarah Nguyen / Tom Noble / Ben Ouwehand / Brenda Palmer / Dom Phelan / Tim Phillipps / Anna Lise Phillips / Susan Prior / Daniel Roche / Justin Rosniak / James Saunders / Paul Smits / Sullivan Stapleton / Michael Vice / Chris Weir / Laura Wheelwright / Dan Wyllie
Screenwriter
David Michod
Composer
Anthony Partos
Director of Photography
Adam Arkapaw
Hairstylist
Kirsten Veysey
Assistant Director
Phil Jones
Sound
Sam Petty
Stunt Coordinator
Zev Eleftheriou
Post-Production Supervisor
Helen Lovelock
Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Stubbs
Movie Critics
Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ocusing on emotional violence rather than blood and guts or, worse yet, slapstick....A gangster movie that -- imagine this -- makes you wish there were more of them."
Damon Wise (1 Mar 2011, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Weaver's soft-spoken way with a threat serves indelible chills..."
Kevin Harley (1 Apr 2011, )
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Michod's tale has a stunned, scuzzy neo-noir modernity, but the outline of a classic western."
Damien Love (1 Mar 2011, )
Wall Street Journal
"Ben Mendelsohn leaves the deepest impression..."
(6 Jun 2013, )