Conclusion: Animal Kingdom isn't just good at relaying a story; it tells a story in such a way that it completely engulfs its audience into the world of small-time crime and the consequences thereof, consequences that don't just mean personal gain or tragic loss, but the death of something far greater: a family. Fantastic direction and splendid acting are on display throughout one of 2010's darkest and best foreign films.
Conclusion: 'Animal Kingdom' is an absolutely fantastic Australian crime drama – nuanced, blistering, emotionally riveting, and very, very real. It's a shame the movie didn't make more of a splash when it was initially released theatrically, but that doesn't mean you can't catch up with it now. Thanks to this wonderful Blu-ray, with a divine presentation and a wealth of significant extras, it's worth making the dangerous trek into the animal kingdom, for sure. Highly recommended.
Excerpt: The Film An action packed crime thriller this is not. Animal Kingdom isn't so much a crime drama, as it is a story of a really bad family, albeit one that apparently was once a big shot crime crew. Little of this is shown however, and the viewer is left to wonder what exactly the family had done prior to the beginning of the film.
Excerpt: Sort of like an Australian Goodfellas with less sweep and more grubbiness, David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom tracks a teenage orphan’s introduction to a life of low-level crime. The movie begins with hulking teenager James Frecheville finding his mother dead of an overdose and calling his grandmother, Jacki Weaver, who invites him to come live with her.
Excerpt: "Animal Kingdom" is a raw, understated exploration of the ongoing 'dog eat dog' battle between the police force and a criminal family. This is a skewed reality where life is cheap, and survival often comes down to the nonchalant disposal of other lives to ferociously protect your own. Loyalties are fluid, honesty a foreign concept.
Conclusion: Teini-ikäinen Joshua on sulkeutunut nuorukainen, joka päätyy isoäitinsä ja tämän poikien hoteisiin äidin kuoltua heroiiniin. Kyseiset "pojat" sattuvat muodostamaan kohtuullisen aktiivisen rikollisjengin, eikä tämä mummoa haittaa. Joshua joutuu näin osaksi kuvioita jotka käyvät jatkuvasti sotkuisemmiksi korruptoituneiden poliisien ja huumeiden aiheuttaman vainoharhaisuuden vuoksi.
Summary: Det är inte ofta man kan se film från Australien i Sverige. Men på Stockholm Filmfestival har man chansen att uppleva ett par. En av dem är en Scorsese-inspirerad kriminalfilm av David Michôd.