Kingsman: The Secret Service Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Manners maketh the man.

  • Starring:

    Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella

  • Directed by:

    Matthew Vaughn

  • Running time:

    129 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Many people are shot, exploded (suicide bomb), sliced in half, gagged, bound, glassed, punched, head-slammed, kicked, hit with objects, stabbed, tasered, headbutted, throat-grabbed, smacked, threatened with a cleaver, drowned, slapped, poisoned, maimed, throat-sliced, implanted, thrown through the air, set alight, impaled, electrocuted, axed. Explosions, machine-gun fire, RPGs. A dog is threatened at gunpoint, a dog is shot (off-screen). Brawling (church, pub, street, beach). Car theft, careless driving, vehicles rammed, police chase. Smashed mirror/glass, door bashed in, objects sliced/smashed. Free-falling, a body falls on a car bonnet. Screaming. Cannibalism, multiple fatalities, kidnapping, petty crime, genocide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (high body count). Finger blown off, man sliced in half, dismemberment, exploding heads. Blood spatter, bloody heads/mouths/hand/wounds/clothing, sliced throat/arm/hand. Photo of stapled/stitched corpse. Laser surgery on neck, scars. Objects protruding/removed from skin. Man in hospital bed/breathing tubes. Body bags. Green poison seen beneath skin. Bruising (domestic violence implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sex implied. Kissing, bum-slapping. Nude bottom (female), shirtless men, swimwear. Slang references to sex, masturbation, homosexuality, anal sex, prostitution.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People are drugged (Rohypnol), poisoned. Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, champagne, cocktails). Smoking. A man is struck with an amnesia dart, people are sprayed with poison. Drugs mentioned. Club settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, n-word, s-words, a-word. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Spy organisations, intelligence, surveillance, confidentiality, climate change, teamwork, gadgets, villains, technology, class, betrayal, biometrics, domestic violence, hate.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased husband/father, deceased friend/colleague. Dead friend, sodomy, abortion, anti-Semitism mentioned. Helicopters, planes, toilets, fireworks. Puppies, dogs, taxidermy animal. Brief Arabic and Swedish (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, parodying, self-aware, witty, intelligent, stylish, heartfelt, rare, bold, esoteric, thoughtful, exciting, whip-smart, playful, filthy, fun, exhilarating, fleet, old-fashioned, rollicking. World-class actors, delicious/simple/genius concepts, sharp jokes/pop culture references, swift plotting, good inside jokes for fans of the comic, shocking/operatic violence, funky score, unrepentantly British.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven, sexist, overlong, daft, bloated, desperate, crass. Runs out of steam, some unnecessary/out-of-place/lads' mag/nasty humour.

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