Animal Kingdom


Animal Kingdom

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With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.



Total Count: 160


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User Ratings: 29,796
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Welcome to the Melbourne underworld. It's the Wild West, played out on the city's streets. Armed robber Pope Cody is on the run from a gang of renegade detectives who want him dead. His business partner and best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown. wants out of the game. Pope's younger brotherCraig Cody is making a fortune in the illicit substances trade, whilst the youngest Cody brother, Darren, naively navigates his way through this criminal world -- the only world his family has ever known. And into this world arrives their nephew, Joshua "J" Cody, who comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon discovers, this world is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine.


Ben Mendelsohn
as Andrew "Pope" Cody
Joel Edgerton
as Barry "Baz" Brown
Guy Pearce
as Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie
Luke Ford
as Darren Cody
Jacki Weaver
as Janine "Smurf" Cody
James Frecheville
as Joshua "J" Cody
Dan Wylie
as Ezra White
Dan Wyllie
as Ezra White
Anthony Hayes
as Detective Justin Norris
Laura Wheelwright
as Nicky Henry
Mirrah Foulkes
as Catherine Brown
Justin Rosniak
as Detective Randall Roache
Susan Prior
as Alicia Henry
Anna Lise Phillips
as Barrister Justine Hopper
Tim Phillipps
as Const. Daniel Hordern
Josh Helman
as Const. Peter Simmons
Kieran Darcy-Smith
as John Harrop
Jack Heanly
as Andy Emery
Andy McPhee
as Richard Collis
Christina Azucena
as Dacinta Collis
Jacquie Brennan
as Sarah Leckie
Ben Ouwehand
as Scott Leckie
Anthony Ahern
as Armed Robbery Detective
Bryce Lindemann
as Paramedic #1
Paul Smits
as Paramedic #2
Michael Vice
as Hood #1
Chris Weir
as Hood #2
Sarah Nguyen
as Waitress
Lucia Cai
as Cashier
Ann Michôd
as Shopper
Michael Cody
as Police Radio
Bert Labonte
as PSG Santo
Dom Phelan
as PSG Tom
Brenda Palmer
as Smurf's Neighbor
Tom Noble
as Court Warden
David Michôd
as Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Animal Kingdom

  • Jan 10, 2016
    Damn fine Aussie crime drama
    Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2013
    Many directors wish they could give birth to their feature length careers like Michôd could with <i>Animal Kingdom</i>, an intense look to a criminal world seen through the eyes of a 17 year old confused soul. The decision of choosing his perspective instead of using anybody else's remains clear since the first 15 minutes: "When my mom died, this is the world I just got thrown into". The introductory voiceover opened the entire film; I just wished it also had finished it, so that we did not forget who's perspective we were dealing with since the beginning, and to see whether if 'J' had developed a new mentality in this disturbing world. Several films have been done about crime families in the past, but not in this fashion, because whereas they treated the members as family members, the "family" concept had seldom been portrayed in such a literal and realistic way, even suburban, so the whole mood seemed more familiar rather than alien to us. That makes it all the more scary. 76/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2013
    An intense, gritty depiction of a family whose life is dominated by crime and drugs, and how the youngest of the bunch (James Frecheville) is unfortunately faced with turning his uncles in after they commit a violent crime in retaliation to a corrupt police force. A cold-blooded Aussie thriller that features some powerful acting, especially Jacki Weaver as the matriarch of the bunch, and Ben Mendelsohn as one of the brothers who possesses a psychotic streak. It is a film that contains a lot of interesting twists and subtlety, as well as some pretty violent actions that successfully catch the viewer off guard. A simply riveting film that remains arresting throughout, with one of the more shocking endings I can recall.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2012
    An intriguing tension filled film, 'Animal Kingdom' is a strong debut feature from David Michod that draws you in with its darkly brooding characters. The film itself felt like a mix between 'Snowtown' and 'The Wire'. It was similar to 'Snowtown' with its central idea and setting but the constant feeling that no one is safe is reminiscent of 'The Wire'. The film is shot rather conventionally but is filled with imagery revolving around the title. Although the idea isn't original what is original is Animal Kingdom's spin on it, relating a criminal family to a pack of lions. Overall, although unoriginal 'Animal Kingdom' is a worthwhile watch with strong performances and an interesting spin on a much used subject.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer

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