‘Animal Kingdom’ is a new crime saga that will cause your stomach to drop each second that the dark noir film progresses. It is also the debut of David Michod, the Australian writer director who wrote both the story and directed it well enough to win at Sundance this year.
Of course, it did not hurt that the stars in the cast were Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, and Jacki Weaver who all gave emotional heightened performances under a cold exterior.
The story revolves around Joshua, aged 17 in the film and played by James Frecheville, who starts drifting when his mother overdoses on heroin. He ends up with his uncles and grandmother who lead a life of crime and Joshua becomes the pawn stuck between pressure from the police and the only family he has.
The impressive part of the film is that ‘Animal Kingdom’ is meticulously put together with perfect lighting, cinematography, and sound all of which create an atmosphere that will leave you holding your breath at every turn. Add in the fact that the music composed by Antony Partos is almost epic, and you get a composite film package that is earnest and real.