Thursday, August 03, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Crime Families
For the first week of August 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wander of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into the world of crime families where it’s better to have family in the organization rather than strangers. Here are my picks:
1. Eastern Promises
From David Cronenberg and screenwriter Steven Knight comes one of the finest crime films of the last decade as it is set in London but revolves around a Russian crime family and a baby in the care of a midwife. Viggo Mortsensen’s performance as an enforcer for this crime family is definitely one of his best as it’s a role that requires him to be tough but also be the one person that Naomi Watts’ midwife character can trust as it showcases a family undoing itself.
2. Animal Kingdom
David Michod’s fictionalized story about the Pettingill crime family from Australia explores a young man who finds himself being part of a dangerous family of criminals with his grandmother being its head. It’s a very dark yet entrancing film that showcases what a family does and how this young man who is essentially an outsider is caught in the middle as it features Jacki Weaver in an incredible performance as Janine “Smurf” Cody who is the crime family’s head.
A film about the real-life exploit of the twin Kray brothers in Ronnie and Reggie as they’re both played by Tom Hardy. Written for the screen and directed by Brian Helgeland, it’s a film that explores these twin brothers trying to rule London during the 1950s and 1960s as it is mainly told by Emily Browning’s character as the wife of Reggie Kray. Yet, it is really a film about brothers where one is torn between his devotion to his wife and his loyalty to his brother while the other is someone that is completely unhinged as he is someone that wants it all.
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