Animal Kingdom: a Recommendation from Steve

Animal Kingdom is a crime drama set in Melbourne, Australia.  I rented it simply because Jacki Weaver was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and I wanted to finish off that category before the Oscars.  I am so glad that I did.  This debut effort by writer/director David Michod is great.  It works wonderfully as a crime thriller, but even more so as a portrait of a dysfunctional family and how the consequences of sin pass from one generation to another.  Don’t expect lots of action.  This is a slow boiler with plenty of tension and surprises.  The movie earns its R rating with some violence and drug use, but neither is glorified.  There is, as they say, pervasive language, but it fits the characters.

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