Four privileged Kentucky students (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson) plot to steal ultra rare books from the college library’s collection (including a copy of Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species).
It sounds like an easy gig – after all, who’s going to miss them and what could possibly go wrong? “This is not based on a true story. This is a true story” states the disclaimer at the start of American Animals. Simply put, this is a heist movie mixed with a documentary, and the result is a hugely entertaining spin on the true crime genre. Juxtaposing its recreation with recent – and conflicting – interviews from the actual perpetrators adds a Rashomon-like twist to the events that unfold, making this one of the best and most inventive crime capers you’ll see this or any other year. Highly recommended.
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring: Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Keoghan
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