Black Rock Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Black Rock

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Some strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity.

  • The pitch:

    A campy thriller.

  • Starring:

    Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson, Will Bouvier

  • Directed by:

    Katie Aselton

  • Running time:

    83 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, shot at, stabbed, slapped, punched, kicked, beaten, tied up, bashed, hunted, murdered, pursued, bitten, near-choked, eye-gouged. Attempted rape. Intentions to kill, injure. Deer-hunting, deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan discussed; dishonourable discharge mentioned. Yelling, screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood on faces, heads, clothing. Blood splatter, scratches, grazes, bruising. Corpses. Object protruding through skin. Sliced throat.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    STD joke. Lesbianism, infidelity discussed. Blowjob, handjob mentioned. Flirting, kissing, groping. Attempted rape.Full-frontal female nudity, cleavage. Undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits).

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, frequent f-words, s-words, derogatory terms for females. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Gender stereotyping.

  • THEMES:

    Camping, friendship, survival, slaughter, grudges, seduction, isolation, brutality, self-defense, PTSD, unhappy marriages, orienteering.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cancer joke. Marriage separation mentioned. Remote island setting, a woman cheats with her best friend's boyfriend (discussed). Horses (opening title sequence), birds, campfire, full moon, saliva, spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tense. Efficient screenplay. Has style.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Mundane dialogue, weak characterisation, wallowing, implausible, poorly executed, forgettable. Clumsy finale.

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