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Synopsis:
Evil is relative in this chilling tale of betrayal and blood starring Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Joel Edgerton. When his mother dies from a overdose, 17-year-old Josh Cody (James Frecheville) is taken in by his grandmother (Jacki Weaver) and uncles, the most notorious criminal gang in the city. So when tensions between the Codys and a squad of renegade cops land him at the center of a cold-blooded murder plot, Josh is forced to choose between his treacherous family and the lawless police in this shattering thriller.

Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: David Michod - Screenwriter
Theatrical Release: 2010
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 113 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis:
Evil is relative in this chilling tale of betrayal and blood starring Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Joel Edgerton. When his mother dies from a overdose, 17-year-old Josh Cody (James Frecheville) is taken in by his grandmother (Jacki Weaver) and uncles, the most notorious criminal gang in the city. So when tensions between the Codys and a squad of renegade cops land him at the center of a cold-blooded murder plot, Josh is forced to choose between his treacherous family and the lawless police in this shattering thriller.

A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother's drug habit catches up with her, and he's taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf's reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne. Baz (Joel Edgerton) looks after the money and is urging Smurf to move into something legit, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn) is a criminal jack-of-all-trades who never lets go of a grudge, Darren (Luke Ford) is an enforcer with an unfortunate weak streak, and Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) is a drug dealer who has become addicted to his own product. When Baz is murdered, the family's voice of reason is gone, and the unstable Pope takes the lead in the family's hierarchy; as suspicions fall on Joshua, the quiet newcomer is moved out of the house to keep him safe. Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) is a police detective who has found out who Joshua is and what he knows, and he tries to convince the teenager to help him put the Cody family behind bars, though Joshua isn't certain about his loyalties to these outlaws who are also his blood. The first feature film from director David Michod, ANIMAL KINGDOM was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature.;

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Ben Mendelsohn - Actor
Jacki Weaver - Actress
Guy Pearce - Actor/"...Priscilla..."
Anthony Hayes -
Dan Wyllie - ACTOR\"SPOTSWOOD"
Sullivan Stapleton - actor
Joel Edgerton - Actor, THE HARD WORD (2003)
Anthony Partos - Music, GARAGE DAYS (2003)
Andy McPhee - Actor in OPAL DREAM
Luke Ford - Actor, KOKODA
Clayton Jacobson - Director/screenwriter/producer
Mirrah Foulkes - Actress
David Michod - Screenwriter
David Michod - Screenwriter
David Michod - Screenwriter
Kieran Darcey-Smith - Actor
Sam Petty -
Adam Arkapaw -
James Frecheville -
Phil Jones - First Assistant Director
Zev Eleftheriou -
Helen Lovelock -
Peter Stubbs -
Susan Prior -
Justin Rosniak -
Kirsten Veysey -
Daniel Roche -
Tom Noble - Actor
Brenda Palmer -
Dom Phelan -
James Saunders - Actor
Bert Labonte -
Michael Cody -
Ann Michod -
Lucia Cai -
Sarah Nguyen -
Chris Weir -
Michael Vice -
Paul Smits -
Bryce Lindemann -
Anthony Ahern -
Ben Ouwehand -
Christina Azucena -
Jack Heanly -
Josh Helman -
Tim Phillipps -
Laura Wheelwright -
Jacquie Brennan -
Uncut
03/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "Michod's tale has a stunned, scuzzy neo-noir modernity, but the outline of a classic western."
Empire
03/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ocusing on emotional violence rather than blood and guts or, worse yet, slapstick....A gangster movie that -- imagine this -- makes you wish there were more of them."
Total Film
04/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "Weaver's soft-spoken way with a threat serves indelible chills..."
Wall Street Journal
06/06/2013
"Ben Mendelsohn leaves the deepest impression..."

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