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Warning: This review contains spoilers.
There are a few Aussie television shows or films that have been adapted in order to appeal to U.S audiences. One such film is Animal Kingdom, which has been adapted into TV series.
The show has the same premise as the film. Joshua ‘J’ Cody (Finn Cole) is forced to move in with his grandmother, Smurf (Ellen Barkin), and four uncles when his mother dies of a heroin overdose. It turns out they’re a crime family, committing robberies in order to live a luscious lifestyle. The series is all about whether J will stick by his family, or rat them out to the cops.
At the end of season one, his loyalty was proven.
Now, in season 2, there is a power struggle in the family. Everyone is sick of taking orders from Smurf, and her adopted son Baz (Scott Speedman) is more than willing to take over as leader after his partner, Catherine (Daniella Alonso), goes missing. Pope (Shawn Hotosy) goes with the flow, while Craig (Ben Robson) wants to try his hand at organising jobs. Youngest Cody sibling Deran (Jake Weary) is more concerned with making sure his bar takes off. J plays both sides.
Throughout season 2 of Animal Kingdom, there is a series of incidents that explode in the final episode. Baz, intent of being the leader of the family, goes after Smurf. He finds out she has been stealing money and other things from the boy’s crimes for years. He then steals it all back, splits it amongst them all, but that isn’t the end of it. He is determined to make her pay, especially because he believes that Smurf has something to do with the disappearance of Cath. He wants her left with nothing.
He sets her up for murder, taking her gun and shooting the body of Javier, someone whom’s death that Smurf organised. He calls the police, and sends them straight to her.
J is caught between it all though. He feels indebted to Smurf, as she took him in when he had no where else to go. He also craves the affection of his uncles. When Smurf gives J power of attorney, Baz is furious. He previously held the control, and it throws him for a loop.
Surf doesn’t draw the line of her revenge there, however. She knows she is going to spend a long time in prison. Her family have betrayed her. It is time to take them down. She tells Baz that Catherine is dead, confirming his fears. She also tells him that Pope perpetrated the murder. That is when things start getting intense.
You don’t know if Baz is going to kill Pope or not. When they finally face off, Pope begs Baz to kill him. He’s had a difficult time this season, dealing with being forced to