Summary: There were a lot of great films from 2010, but none left an impression on me quite like this film did. Brilliant. Perfectly acted (especially Jacki Weaver), great writing, excellent use of music, and the film builds slowly to a powerful punch of an ending... overall just a great movie that has become one of the favorite films of 2010.
Excerpt: Joshua "J" Cody's mother has died of a drug overdose. The seventeen year-old's reaction shows that it wasn't a surprise. Now J must live with his uncles and grandmother, who also happen to be some of the city's most renowned criminals. J must quickly learn how to survive amongst the family his mother tried to shield him from, or he will quickly become collateral damage in the ongoing war between the Cody's and the local police force. The transfer here is very good.
Excerpt: Craig follows a car with 2 guys who made nasty remarks, handing Joshua “J” Cody a handgun to scare them off. Andrew “Pope” Cody’s best friend and partner in crime Barry “Baz” Brown is shot dead in the car. Pope and Darren shoot two police offciers to avenge Baz. “Josh” and Pope are brought in for questioning. Craig gets shot by a cop and Detective Senior Sergeant Nathan Leckie talks to J.
Excerpt: I have often avoided Australian films because of the thoroughly resistible parochial artistic values often contained within them, but decided to investigate this film after being exposed to a great many raving reviews for it. Even with the cautiously optimistic disposition with which I viewed the film, I was still greatly impressed by the high level of technical expertise and acting featured in it.
Summary: I kept hearing so much hype about this flick so I couldn't wait to go out & see it but it turned out to be a waste of time.It definitely wasn't as great as I expected it to be.It felt more like a movie you'd watch just because nothing else is good on TV or you couldn't find anything else interesting to pick up at the local video store
Summary: A top- notch Australian crime drama. It feels like a movie that is going to drag on at a slow pace, but it actually has a good tempo to it and keeps you drawn in from scene to scene. Good performances all around, with one family member crazier than the next. And no one is more dedicated in keeping it all together more than the mother/grandmother of this dysfunctional and immorally challenged family ( portrayed by Jacki Weaver).
Summary: A pretty good drama about a young man with nowhere else to turn but to move in with his criminal family. There's a few surprises and several good performances that help make what could be a dark and depressing viewing very worthwhile. I would have probably never heard of this movie if not for Jacki Weaver's Oscar nomination, which was greatly deserved.
Summary: "Animal Kingdom" is a documentary that tells the tale of the creation of the infamous Disney Park! Not! Actually, the "Animal Kingdom" I am referring to has a far more different theme than the jolly theme park. "Animal Kingdom" is a superior Australian movie about a 17-year-old high school teen named Joshua "J" Cody who suddenly gets captured into a crime-ridden animalistic family filled with bank robbers, drug dealers, and murderers; these predators just happen to be...
Summary: David Michôd's solid crime thriller from Australia lives up to all the hype and critical acclaim already lavished upon it. Not only does Animal Kingdom contain astounding performances, it is also perfectly paced with an engaging plot that isn't overdone and stays true to the gritty realism of the ominous film. It begins with teenager 'J' Cody moving in with his grandmother, 'Smurf' Cody, who coincidentally happens to be the matriarch of a family drenched in crime.