March 26, 2010

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Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Animal Kingdom, now has a full-length trailer.

The trailer combines great music, plenty of credible critic quotes and some beautiful imagery to sell the film as an intense and complex Australian family crime drama. Animal Kingdom stars newcomer James Frecheville as “J,” a teenager who is forced to move in with his extended family, including Joel Edgerton (Attack of the Clones) and Ben Mendelsohn (Knowing), who just happen to be murdering criminals. J then must choose between the law (a Detective played by Guy Pearce) or his family.

Sony Pictures Classics picked the film up out of Sundance and though the trailer promotes a release date of June 3 and an official Web site, each is for the Australian release. An American release date has yet to be set.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer and read the official plot synopsis.

“The film tracks seventeen-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (newcomer James Frecheville), a troubled kid perilously caught between his own crime family and Detective Leckie (Guy Pearce) a compromised cop who thinks that he can save them. J comes to realize that in order to survive, he must write his own rule book, he must determine how the game is played, he must choose his place in the cunning and brutal animal kingdom.”

I saw the film at Sundance and thought it was very reminiscent of The Wire in how it dealt with the inner workings of a small crime syndicate. Being a fan of that show, the movie never blew me away…and then it did. It’s a very well made film by first time director David Michod, who also wrote it and is destined to be on many a top ten list, especially if the writer is a fan of crime films.

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