Official Selection: Sundance
Telling the (almost unbelievable) true story of a quartet of university students who plan what they think will be the perfect robbery, the award winning American Animals is a beautifully realised contemporary heist movie. The film follows the amateur criminals as they shift almost inexplicably from imagining the crime to planning it. Avoiding the pitfalls that could befall a film that recreates a true crime, American Animalsinstead adopts a dynamic hybrid approach that adds another layer to the film and serves to underpin the drama in new and unexpected ways.
Director Bart Layton (whose credits include the BAFTA winning The Imposter, Revelation 2012) creates a unique true crime film, and the young cast, including Barry Koeghan (Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk), Evan Peters (X Men Apocalypse), Jared Abrahamson (Travelers), and Blake Jenner (The Edge of Seventeen) deliver some great performances. American Animalsbreathes new, vivid life into the crime genre.
“It's a wild ride that shakes up a common narrative by way of a refreshingly multifaceted approach. It's about time someone made a heist film like this.” – Film School Rejects
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