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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
James Frecheville
Guy Pearce
Joel Edgerton
Luke Ford
Jacki Weaver
Ben Mendelsohn
Sullivan Stapleton
Directors
David Michôd
Screenwriters
David Michôd
Running Time
113 minutes

Animal Kingdom
More Crimewatch than Springwatch


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Animal Kingdom

Plot
After the accidental death of his heroin-addicted mother, 17 year-old 'J' (Frecheville) goes to live with his grandmother, 'Smurf' Cody (Weaver), and her criminal sons, Craig (Stapleton) and Darren (Ford). The sudden arrival of their fugitive older brother, Pope (Mendelsohn), gets the attention of the local cops, kick-starting a turf war that sees J forced to fight for his survival.


Verdict
A dark rites-of-passage story meets lethal Shakespearean drama, with low-key performances that artfully get under the skin.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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