Pawn Shop Chronicles Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Pawn Shop Chronicles

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R18+: High impact torture scene.

  • The pitch:

    Devils pawn.

  • Starring:

    Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Franklin, Norman Reedus, Vincent D'Onofrio, Chi McBride, Elijah Wood, DJ Qualls, Pell James, Lukas Haas, Sam Hennings, Ashlee Simpson, Michael Cudlitz, Thomas Jane

  • Directed by:

    Wayne Kramer

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    R18+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get hit, run over, shot (arrow, rifle), hit with objects, shoved, dragged, beaten, kicked, burned, punched, wrestled, threatened (guns, flail, bow and arrow, hammer, knife), butt-whipped, fishing-hooked, bound, hammered, stabbed, cut. Caged women (abuse, captivity implied). Mexican standoff, dangerous driving, vehicle collisions, smashed objects, explosion, break-and-enter, rioting. Screaming. White supremacy, racial hate, antisemitism discussed. Raping, killing, bank account hacked, stolen goods, zombies mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, blood on bodies, clothing, objects. Spitting blood. Bloody bullet wounds. Burned flesh, bloody scratches, blood splatter. Fishing hooks in skin, smashed teeth, cloudy eye. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man watches pornography. Pornographic activity discussed. Caged women are victims of (implied) sexual slavery. Group of nude women (full-frontal nudity seen). Women in bikinis (painting). Nude people seen in pornographic video, nude women in cages. Naked women mentioned. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man snorts white powder. Drug-induced hallucinations. Packets of drugs, drug paraphernalia, drug lab. Meth, drug-dealing, stealing drugs, getting high, smoking drugs mentioned. Alcohol (beer). Smoking (cigar, cigarette). Poker mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, p*ss, b*tch, bastard. Slang terms for genitals. Name-calling. Religious references, antisemitism, racism. Cultural, racial, ethnic, regional, religious stereotypes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Drugs, prejudice, pawning, rednecks, Elvis, stealing, wild-goose chases, Stockholm Syndrome, victimisation, desperation, exploitation, torture.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Missing wife, dead wife, estranged wife, dead grandmother mentioned. Clown mask, swastika tattoo, stolen wedding-ring. Taxidermy animals (spiders, skunks, deer head), dog (photograph), fly, donkey, alpacas, horse, sparklers, fireworks. Defecation. Pigs, mind-reading mentioned. Outtakes during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Capable cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Humourless, uninteresting, bizarre, absurd, embarrassing, grubby, obnoxious, shameless, pointless, sordid, sleazy, violent, weary, tedious, overlong.

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