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Black Panther (2018)

Published in B
Monday, 19 February 2018 04:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Panther is the new Black.

  • Starring

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani

  • Directed by

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, poisoned, kicked, hit with objects, flipped, thrown into objects, speared, hit, roundhouse-kicked, wrestled, buried alive (ceremonial), headbutted, head-slammed, impaled, thrown through the air/over a balcony, stabbed, punched, arm-snapped, shirt-grabbed, ran over (car), thrown out of moving car, throat-grabbed, handcuffed, tied up, thrown over a waterfall, near hit by downed aircraft, throat-slit, blasted with electricity bolt, beaten, shoulder-charged. A man's prosthetic arm is ripped off. Stick fighting, fist fighting. Vehicle chases, vehicles crash into trees/cars/busy pedestrian areas, car flipped, car blown apart. Air battles; downed aircraft. Explosions, grenade thrown, objects shot, burning objects. Smashed glass, theft. Animation sequence of tribal wars (guns/spears), military aircraft. People wear scary tribal masks with sharp teeth. Yelling, roaring, screaming, gorilla grunting. Many lives lost, terrorist attack, assassinated leaders, killed own brother, confirmed kills in Afghanistan, war in Iraq mentioned. A man says, "I will feed you to my children". Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody mouth, faces, heads, cuts, scratches, chest, gashes, bullet wounds, spear wounds, shirt; sliced torso, cheek, arm, leg. Body bag dragged. Red/swollen lips, scars, scarification. Bone-cracking, arm-snapping sounds heard. Patient on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, skimpy (traditional) clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits). People drink a sacred potion that makes their veins blacken beneath their skin. People drink a potion that puts them into a trance where they can speak with deceased ancestors. Casino, bar settings. Streets run with drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word. Name-calling (genius, murderer, idiots, showoff, outsider, crazy, coloniser, charlatan, killmonger, clown, princess, etc). Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations (whatever the hell, oh my god, hell off a move, what the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    Tribes, leadership, family, tradition, community, ceremony, exes, pride, identity, responsibility, victory, healing, arms dealing, fratricide, siblings, race wars, CIA, vibranium.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Dead husband/father (seen in flashback), dead girlfriend. Casino, bar settings. African animals, panthers, barking dog, horses, cattle, sheep, flock of birds, giant rhino creatures. Waterfall, helicopter. Tanning/drying animal skins. Fur worn. Ivory traders mentioned. Subtitles. Mid-credits scene, end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spectacular, real, roaring, grounded, fantastical, joyous, quirky, confident, stylish, epic, gripping, soulful, nuanced, political, cultural, grounded, Afrocentric, feminist, high-tech, earnest, excellent, rousing, dramatic, relevant, thrilling, alive, fresh, subversive, uproarious, surreal, fun, futuristic, exciting, funny, unique. Memorable/superb/stellar/sensational/terrific/appealing cast, gogreous/vivid/indominitable/non-nonsense/strong/fully formed female roles, standout/tragic/fascinating/charismatic villain, insane action sequences, culturally significant, thematically rich, real-world relevant, wildly inventive costumes/sets/special effects/cinematography, propulsive/rhythmic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Starts slowly with an underwhelming action sequence, some battle scenes are shot in turbulent closeup, CG backdrops verge into screensaver territory, occasional pacing lapses, overfamiliar/conventional three-act story.

London Has Fallen

Published in L
Monday, 14 March 2016 01:22
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong action violence.

  • The pitch

    Drones on.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Michael Wildman, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman

  • Directed by

    Babak Najafi

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (many), blown up (grenades), crushed by falling debris (implied), hit by a car, pursued, thrown through a windscreen, squashed against a wall, impaled, hit with objects, suffocated, pistol-whipped, punched, stabbed (some repeatedly), dragged, bound, threatened, caught in fireballs/explosions, head-rammed, neck/bone-snapped, shoulder-charged, tackled, choked, kidnapped. Helicopters shot down, helicopter crash, air raid siren. Attacks on world leaders/major London landmarks. Mass shootouts, mass panic, bridge collapse, suicide missions. Drone attacks, car bomb, explosions, burning debris/objects/vehicles, shattering windows. Reckless driving, vehicle rollovers, damaged/crushed/rammed cars, motorcycle accidents, car hit by truck, cars fall into river. People crash through windows, doors. Armed soldiers/guards, military satellite images. Footage seen of aftermath of hotel bombing. A man says, "You want to run him over [with the car] for me?" (comic). Screaming, shouting. Massacre, selling arms, eliminated general, dead prime minister/world leaders, murder our families, send poor [people] to die, execution, slow torture/death mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses on ground, bloodied body part seen protruding from bag. Bloody faces, hands, chests, scratches, abrasions, clothing, objects, wounds. Blood spatter. Objects protruding through flesh/clothing/eye. TV reports mention very high numbers of police/people killed/wounded. Footage of bloodied victims on stretchers. Man in wheelchair with missing legs. Snapping sounds heard (neck-breaking implied). Fatal heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man jokes that another man has "come out of the closet". A married couple kiss and hug. Off-colour texts mentioned. Pregnant woman, baby seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine on table). Bourbon, poisoning, anaesthesia mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards, sonofab*tch. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Security, POTUS, bodyguards, imposters, terrorism, state funerals, intel, vengeance, corruption, betrayal, suicide missions, social media, Islamophobia, execution, impending parenthood.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding setting. Dead friends/colleagues. Dead daughter/sister mentioned. Helicopters, plane, jets. Power blackouts. Brief Japanese, Italian, French languages (subtitles). Jarring visual effect before opening credits - similar to TV scanlines fading on/off. Green night-vision used.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brash, big, loud, ultra-violent, ludicrous, brutal, fast-paced, ridiculous, self-aware. High-octane/kinetic action, profane one-liners, committed performances; high-concept pulp.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Sloppy, monotonous, camp, clichéd, dumb, racist, implausible, nasty, xenophobic, cruddy, snarling, vindictive, presumptuous, Islamophobic, murky. Cheap-looking digital effects, daft plotting, tone-deaf plotting; requires a huge suspension of disbelief.

Olympus Has Fallen

Published in O
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:39
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong action violence.

  • The pitch

    The world needs saving again.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Finley Jacobsen, Radha Mitchell, Ashley Judd

  • Directed by

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Boxing training. Video-game shooting. Vehicle collisions; car falls over railing. Wife/mother killed in front of husband/son. Television news reports show Korean military (soldiers, tanks, weapons), embassy attacks. Aircraft get shot down/crash into houses; mayday calls heard. People get shot, punched, kicked, slapped, hit, beaten, pistol-whipped, stabbed, cut, threatened, tortured, hooded, strangled, tied up, held hostage. Lots of gunfire at short, long, mid, close and point-blank ranges using handguns, machine guns, submachine guns and rifles. RPG rockets, missiles, decoy flares and grenade launchers fired. Low-flying aircraft fire upon civilians, military, vehicles. Important Washington monuments are destroyed. Building debris rains down upon sightseers (reminiscent of 9-11). Bus explosion (reminiscent of 7/7). Suicide bombers. Dog attack; dog shot. Men in balaclavas. Screaming, arguing. Civil war, starving population, mother killed by landmine (mentioned). A child's welfare is threatened. Assassination. Things get smashed. Blood/gore: Plenty of blood splatter, bloody bullet wounds, bloody clothing, bloody faces/scratches/throat/hands. Blood on walls, floor. Corpses, wounded people with extreme injuries. Bruising. Syringe.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Gambling (poker is mentioned). Smoking. Needle is seen. Morphine (mentioned).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonsofab*tch, slang for male genitalia. Cultural stereotypes, name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Homeland security, invasion, White House attack, secret service, family, nuclear warfare, DMZ tension, international relations, grief, loss, terrorism, suicide bombing, extremist violence, protocol, launch codes, betrayal, traitors, DEFCON 4, assassination, execution, organised attack, state of emergency, troop withdrawal, patriotism, kidnapping, hostage crisis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Korean language. Hospital setting. Underground bunker setting. Explosions. Animal cruelty. Desecrated flag (USA). Power blackout.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Eye-popping special effects. Satisfying action thriller. Good cast, believable performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Ordinary script. Predictable, far-fetched, formulaic. Ultra-violent and loud.