Animal (2005)





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A notorious gangster must reconcile his past in order to make a future for his criminally-minded son in this crime-drama starring football superstar Jim Brown and Pulp Fiction star Ving Rhames. James "Animal" Allen (Rhames) reveled in a life of violent crime until he was placed behind bars. Upon meeting an ageing revolutionary during his stint in the slammer, Allen is guided toward the written word of Malcolm X and offered an illuminating historic document by Machiavellian slave owner Willy Lynch, leading him to conclude that his people are being manipulated into killing one another by a higher force. Soon released on a technicality, Allen returns home to find that his son Darius (Terrence Howard) has taken up a life of crime and seems bent on maintaining his father's legacy. Now imbued with a newfound sense of clarity and purpose, Allen must convince his son to break the cycle of violence while he still has the power to do so by his own will.
R (adult situations)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Beverly Todd
as Latreese
Faizon Love
as Double T
Ving Rhames
as Animal
Jim Brown
as Berwell
Wes Studi
as Creeper
Norman Santiago
as Little Bill
Junior Alvarez
as Kevin Belzer
Joaquin Jarque
as Police Leader
Black Child
as Spyda
Ramon Saldana
as Trustee
Charlie Massó
as New Fish
Rafa Alvarez
as Paul Wilson
Nestor Rudolfo
as Yard Dog
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Somewhat interesting but weakly written Independent gangster/prison drama by unknowns David C. Johnson and Thomas Care, and directed by David J. Burke. Good performance by Ving Rhames [even though the he was a little over the top at times], Terrence Howard ["Hustle & Flow", "Fighting"], and NFL-Legend Jim Brown ["Any Given Sunday"] as a black revolutionary who just got off death row. Decent performances by Chazz Palminteri ["A Bronx Tale"], Taraji P. Henson ["The Curious Case of Benjamin Button","The Karate Kid"] Wes Studi, and Faizon Love. Overall - with better writing and a better director it would have been a good film and a lot more compelling, there's a good message [of redemption, learning to live a more peaceful life, and breaking the cycle of violence that plagues the black community] behind it though.

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Chosen 718

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A hidden gem. What the movie lacks in blockbuster action and special effects, it makes up for in character development, an enriching story and something modern movies lack: Pure heart.

Pepper Smackino
Pepper Smackino

This Crime drama keeps you riveted and drawn. An inside look at a man raised on the streets, the effect it has on him and his son, and the struggle they both face when he is released from prison a changed man. Rhames plays a murderer and addict who has no regard for human life and plays it well. Howard is good as the son who has taken his fathers place in the criminal chain, and is conflicted upon his fathers release from prison when he learns his father is no longer willing to be the animal he once was.

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Nathan Wood

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