June 22, 2018

American Animals is in select theaters on June 15th, 2018.

The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own.

American Animals is written and directed by Bart Layton (who previously directed “The Imposter”) and stars Evan Peters (previously seen in “Kick-A**” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Barry Keoghan (previously seen in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “Dunkirk”), Blake Jenner (previously seen in “Edge of Seventeen” and “The Vanishing of Sydney Hall”), and Jared Abrahamson (previously seen in “Hello Destroyer” and “Gregoire”). And I honestly had a great time with this film. It is a true story told from the different perspectives of the four robbers as well as their family members and others who were involved in their lives. It was very cool and artistic seeing people's different perspectives on the same situation and extremely refreshing on the heist genre.

Going a little deeper into this film, script felt very real and things do not always work out perfectly. And the actors all did great jobs embodying these characters, making it very believable as to why they would steal this book. And the cinematography was super solid in this film, it had a very realistic approach. During the library scene, the cinematography is specifically engaging and intense. Perfectly throwing the audience into the situation. And the final thing I wanted to mention was the score by Anne Nikitin (who also worked on “The Imposer” as well as “The Beautiful Fantastic”). Her score give the film a artistic vibe that worked very well with the work.

Over all, I had a lot of fun with this film and would recommend it to any fan of the heist genre. Adding such a fresh tone to this really worked out well. The performances all land, the direction and cinematography is on point and the score meshes perfectly with the visuals. Please head out to your local theatre and give some support to this indie film.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Senior Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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