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Animal Kingdom

  • Caryn James  Reviews

    Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the Fierce, Suspenseful 'The Rover'

    Guy Pearce purposefully hunts down thieves in David Michod's arresting and tense film -- part thriller, part warning of dystopia -- striding the dust like a character from an old Western.

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  • Indiewire  Reviews

    Review | There Will Be a Crime: David Michod's "Animal Kingdom"

    Equal parts crime thriller, neo-western and coming-of-age story, the Australian drama "Animal Kingdom" puts its moral compass into a tailspin. Initially, first time writer-director David Michod introduces a basic sense of right and wrong adopted by the most casual entries in good-versus-evil sagas, but he later endows his cruel world with a fittingly tilted vision of justice. Our sympathies lie with alienated teen Josh (James Frecheville), a Melbourne youth whose innocence gets challenged by his older gangster relatives. Michod situates Josh as the moral center, then sneaks in a finale suggesting nothing is sacred. Josh grows up when he grow...

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