Power Rangers (2017) Sunday, 22 September 2019

Power Rangers (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and science fiction violence.

  • The pitch:

    Protects the light.

  • Starring:

    Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader

  • Directed by:

    Dean Israelite

  • Running time:

    124 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, drowned, tied up, gagged, thrown through the air/against a wall, shoved, slapped, bullied, headbutted, dragged, levitated, attacked by a witch-creature for their gold-plated teeth, near-choked, punched, tackled, elbowed, flipped, throat-grabbed, crushed under foot, frozen, run through with swords; fist-fighting. A teen boy falls backward off a cliff. Vehicle rollovers/crashes/pursuits; cars crushed/thrown/rammed. Vehicle collision/rollover seen from in-car perspective (crunching metal, cracked windscreen, injured driver, etc). A meteor/a spaceship crash into earth. Explosion, rockslide, exploding glass, shop destroyed. Objects melt/explode/knocked out of a student's hand/smashed/banged with fists/eaten (jewellery)/burned. Fight training/sparring. A photo is cut in half/pinned to a wall with scissors. A girl explains in several scenes how she punched a teen boy's tooth out. A teen boy tries to snap another boy's wrist. Mass panic, invaded town/mass property destruction. A bull is stolen (high school prank). Yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead bodies (slimy alien, bloated human, ashen, decaying). Bloody lips, faces, heads, nose, forehead/hair, knuckles, grazes, cuts, scratches. Veins bulging blue/black beneath skin. Witch's staff made from gold teeth, human jawbone. Dislodged teeth. A man grabs his leg after being shot (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None): Hugging. Teen girl in underwear, shirtless teen boys. Several scenes discuss sharing a nude photo of a teen girl. Teen boys joke about having "milked" a bull (bovine masturbation implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Prescription pills consumed. A mother orders her child to "pee in that cup" on suspicion of drug use. Beers in the fridge mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Motherf--, s-words, a-words, crap. Name-calling (weirdos, criminals, bully, crazy, bitch, douchebag, dumb, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, what the hell, van full of nuns, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Power Rangers, superheroes, super strength, super powers, secret identities, androids, teenagers, gold, mining, death, resurrection, good vs evil, saving the universe, teamwork, unlikely heroes, leaders, morphing, social outcasts.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead friend, sick/dying mother, dead colleague. Cemetery, funeral setting. Bull, fish (flopping/frozen/caught in net), scorpion. Scary witchy creature, giant gold monster, giant robot, rock creatures. Brief subtitles (alien and Chinese languages). Brief strobe/flash editing. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Playful, entertaining, fan-friendly, contemporary, goofy, glossy, absurd, engaging, campy, nostalgic, bright, fun, harmless, humorous, chaotic, silly, grounded, character-driven. Relatable/charismatic/charming/appealing/likable/empathetic/diversive characters, strong chemistry between leads, cohesive storytelling, creepy/campy villain, seamless/thrilling CGI, gritty/grave/dramatic/personal at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Misconceived, slipshod, ugly, incompetent, repetitive, predictable, underwhelming, dour, middling. Borderline-incomprehensible prologue, ugly/incomprehensible/mild finish, chaotic/murky/mediocre/mild/jarring action scenes, craven/ubiquitous/egregious product placement, heavy-handed team bonding scenes.

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