|Starring||James Frecheville, Jacki Weaver, Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Sullivan Stapleton|
|Release||13 AUG (US) 25 FEB (UK) Certificate 15|
Save your plaudits though, because the true psycho of the Cody family is Uncle Andrew, or 'Pope', played by the mysteriously un-nominated Ben Mendelsohn. This guy is vile in the most unsettling way: despite his droopy, Xander Berkeley-esque face, Pope is an utter sociopath. Like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, he's the kind of character whose sheer presence in the room is enough to turn a scene's dynamic on its head - he's unpredictable, loathsome and terrifying in equal measure.
As epic crime thrillers go, Animal Kingdom isn't quite up there with the true heavyweight hitters of the genre, but it is a superb effort from director David Michôd, who's rounded up some of the best talent in Australia (I'll see your Guy Pearce and raise you GUY PEARCE WITH A MOUSTACHE) and coaxed some crazy intense performances from them.
Animal Kingdom is frequently shocking - not just because it makes Air Supply's 'I'm All Out Of Love' sound cool - and makes for uncomfortable, essential viewing. Here's hoping it sweeps the board at the Australian Oscars, or the 'Ozcars' as they're affectionately known nowhere.
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