ANIMAL KINGDOM @ THE GRAND

ANIMAL KINGDOM opened up right on schedule at the Grand Theater last Friday, Septemeber 17, 2010, and this gives the TFC members ample opportunity to get out and see it before our October film club  discussion night.

Rating: R

Length: 112 minutes
Year: 2010
Actors: Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford

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’ (James Frecheville) into their frightening world after the death of his mother and under the watchful eye of his matriarchal grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), a modern-day Ma Barker. Ben Mendelsohn plays Pope, the oldest brother of the Cody clan, who tries unsuccessfully to come to terms with the fact that his partner and best friend, Barry ‘Baz’ Brown (Joel Edgerton), wants out of the game. Craig (Sullivan Stapleton), the middle brother with a hair trigger, deals and does cocaine while the youngest brother Darren (Luke Ford) fights with his conscience as he participates in the family business. All of them are adored, sustained and supported by Smurf, who seems to be pulling the strings. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world, but soon discovers that the entire situation is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine. Guy Pearce plays senior police officer Nathan Leckie, who, recognizing that J’s youth and inexperience might well prove to be the key to finally conquering the Codys, tries to lure him into the fold after the death of a close associate. In order to survive, J must determine how the game is played and choose his place in this cunning and brutal animal kingdom

Marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: “Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title. — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

A naturalistic approach to an underworld story from Down Under is a welcome relief from exaggerated Hollywood fare. — Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

I hope to bump into some of you at the movies!

Glenn

Showtimes:

Mon Sep 20, 2010

(1:30), (4:00), 6:25, 8:50

Tue Sep 21, 2010

(1:30), (4:00), 6:25

Wed Sep 22, 2010

(1:30), (4:00), 6:25

Thu Sep 23, 2010

(1:30), (4:00), 6:25, 8:50



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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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