Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Animal Kingdom is an Australian film that has a very Australian sensibility. It opens with a young man watching television with a woman that’s seemingly sleeping beside him until the EMT shows up and it turns out it’s his mother, who’s had a heroine overdose. This is a story of a young man who’s 17 trying to navigate the very choppy water of his very dysfunctional family, which include bank robbers. Apparently in Australia, if you rob banks and the cops figure out who you are, they shoot you in your car. I don’t know if this is true, but it’s certainly alarming. And how he tries to balance his need for some security and some family and some loyalty with the fact that these guys are thugs. This is actually a fairly good movie. It goes on a little bit long. I’ll give it three stars just because it’s really sort of a fascinating character study. It’s kind of like Scarface, sort of Australian style. It has it’s own particular rhythm to it. Three stars.