Jef writes: *Contains Spoilers.
“Animal Kingdom” tells the heart-pounding Australian story of 17-year-old Josh Cody (James Frecheville). After his mother dies from a heroin overdose, Josh is taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), and his three uncles who reside with her. It isn’t long before Josh learns that his uncles are some of the most wanted criminals in his city of Melbourne.
The Cody clan includes three brothers, the oldest Pope (Ben Mendelsohn), a hardened armed robber. His middle brother Craig (Sullivan Stapletonis), a cocaine dealer and user. The youngest brother Darren (Luke Ford), who battles with his own uncertainties about working in the family business. And Pope’s best friend Barry ‘Baz’ Brown (Joel Edgerton), who has come to a point of no longer wanting to be part of the game.