13- Animal Kingdom [6.5]
Welcome to the terrifying Melbourne crime underworld, where tensions are on the brink of exploding between felons and renegade cops – the Wild West played out on the city’s streets in broad daylight. The Cody brothers, a gang of armed robbers, are in the process of initiating their teenage nephew Joshua ‘J’ into their frightening world after the death of his mother and under the watchful eye of his matriarchal grandmother, Smurf, a modern-day Ma Barker.
Animal Kingdom piles on one layer of fucked up after another. From the films depressing open scene, all the way to its conclusion, you won’t find yourself smiling at any point of this Australian drama. There’s a few shocking scenes that will keep you on your feet in spite of the films slow pace. The only noticeable flaw of the film is Guy Pearce’s laughable mustache.