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The Jungle Book (2016)

Published in T
Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild threat and violence, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Welcome to the jungle.

  • Starring

    Neel Sethi (and voices of): Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling

  • Directed by

    Jon Favreau

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are pursued, slashed, bitten, accidentally poked with a porcupine quill, swiped, knocked down, near-stomped, thrown through the air/from a high cliff, swept away, hypnotised, burned, constricted (by snake), crushed beneath falling objects/debris, stung by bees, mocked, grabbed, swung through treetops, hit with objects. Ferocious animal attacks (no injury detail seen). Characters fall from high ledges/to the ground, fall down a ravine. Animal stampede, building/temple collapse. A character jokes that in some species the runt of the litter is eaten. Howling, growling, roaring, screaming, yelling. Baby chicks dying from starvation and neglect mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody scratches, grazes, healed wounds, bee stings. Scars. Cloudy eye. Rib bones (animal carcass) seen. Characters yelp in pain.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Boy in loincloth.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling, mocking. Oh my gosh.

  • THEMES

    Orphans, adoption, unlikely friendships, truces, the jungle, mother-son relationships, death, tragedy, redemption, trust, respect, survival, tricks, rejection, legends, courage, fire, fear, laws, rules, coming-of-age.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fathers attacked and killed. Tiger, wolves, panther, fireflies, birds, monkeys, squirrels, deer, butterflies, porcupine, warthogs, gazelles, rhinos, elephants, giant snake, crocodile, buffalo, long-eared jerboa (mouse-like creatures), peacock, mongoose, meerkat, turtles, frog, fox, giant snakeskin, bear, bees. Waterfalls, fireworks (opening credits), thunder, landslides. Spitting water, licking. Abseiling, rock climbing. Some timelapse cinematography, some dizzying camerawork (tumbling down a ravine). Vision under end credits, post-credit title card. Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive, transportative, faithful, fun, warm, insightful, satisfying, delightful, beautiful, emotional, sincere, full-hearted, tense, engaging. High-profile/stellar cast, spectacular/stunning/immersive/jaw-dropping visuals, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are perfectly/amusingly cast, extraordinary detail, beguilingly credible CGI, exceptional photographic realism, well-staged action finale, lush score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional/familiar drama, predictable finale, might benefit from more subtext/themes, classic songs (The Bare Necessities, I Wan'na Be Like You) seem shoehorned in.

The Walk

Published in T
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:25
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A message to you, Rudy.

  • Starring

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony, César Domboy, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Benedict Samuel, Steve Valentine, Mark Camacho

  • Directed by

    Robert Zemeckis

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pursued, arrested/handcuffed, grabbed. People trip over objects, dangle precariously, fall from up high, teeter on very high ledges. People's feet are punched, run over with a unicycle. Petty theft, trespass. Door slammed, object burned (friction). Arguing, yelling. Robbing a bank, [President John F.] Kennedy assassination mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody foot/objects/bandage. Wound-dressing. Object protruding through shoe/foot. Dental surgery setting (drill sounds heard). A man holds his face in pain (toothache). Death mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Nude man (no genitals seen), shirtless man. Bare thighs, bare back, cleavage, people in underwear, couple in bed together.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man smokes a marijuana cigarette, drug-induced behaviour/paranoia. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne). Smoking (joint, cigarettes). Getting high, dealing drugs, trip mentioned. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, bastard, p*ss, cr*p, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory term for police. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Philippe Petit, wire walkers, ambition, dreams, success, failure, the World Trade Centre (Twin Towers), street performers, magic, circus acts, practice, trade secrets, Notre Dame, acrophobia, observation/spying, doubt, construction, distraction, balance, artistic coup, risk.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Clown, mime, plane, helicopter, lightning, thunder, seagull, tank fish. Basting meat. Objects fly up/down at screen. Fear of heights mentioned. Very high, stomach-churning/dizzying camera angles. Brief French, Czech languages (subtitles). Sped-up/slow-motion sequences. Based on the book To Reach The Clouds by Philippe Petit. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Breathtaking, beguiling, towering, gripping, suspenseful, staggering, relatable, remarkable, transporting, stirring, spectacular, virtuoso. Charming/adorable performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, startling/innovative/vivid/head-spinning 3D, exhilarating composition, subtle/meticulous/impossible camerawork, superb score, captures Petit's voice, incredible true story, emotionally/technically triumphant.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Fumbling preamble, pedestrian comedy, the frequent reminders in the script for everybody to speak English is repetitive/clumsy.

Learning To Drive

Published in L
Sunday, 04 October 2015 08:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language, sex, nudity and mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Read the signs.

  • Starring

    Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, John Hodgman

  • Directed by

    Isabel Coixet

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is verbally attacked with racial slurs. Vehicle collision. Road rage. Cartoon explosion. A woman throws a book in frustration. Shot fiance, tortured family, wrongful imprisonment, Osama (bin Laden) mentioned. Castration mentioned. Scream, arguing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have bedroom sex. A woman straddles a man to initiate sex/unclips a man's belt buckle. Exposed breasts, male bum, shirtless men, woman in nightgown, cleavage. Pictures of women in skimpy underwear. Infidelity, flirting, kissing. References to oral sex, anal sex.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, Indians. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Racial slurs. Cultural/racial/religious stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Driving, lessons, relationships, adultery, marriage, political asylum, racism, Sikhs, multiculturalism, driving tests, arranged marriage, words, critics, independence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husbands, brother/son, fiance, parents mentioned. Relationship breakup. Vomiting, toilet, planes, lightning, thunder. Vision during end credits. Based on the autobiographical essay by Katha Pollitt.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, insightful, well-meaning, metaphorical, respectful, grownup, amiable, gentle, warm, nice, fond, sweet, likable. Terrific cast, lovely/commanding/luminous performance by Patricia Clarkson, charming chemistry between Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, realistic characters, unpredictable at times, New York City looks terrific.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Soapish, unremarkable, sappy, toothless, bland, broad, lead-footed, pedestrian, unsurprising, familiar, unimaginative. Forced drama, often listless/uninvolving, several scenes are unnecessary/out-of-place.

Self/less

Published in S
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:56
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Violence, mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The afterlife is Albright.

  • Starring

    Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery, Sam Page, Brendan McCarthy, Thomas Francis Murphy, Sandra Ellis Lafferty

  • Directed by

    Tarsem Singh

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, tackled, wrestled, face-grabbed, drugged, hit with objects, kicked, elbowed, arm-snapped, body-slammed, burned alive, choked, kidnapped, pistol-whipped, tasered, punched. Images of war/soldiers/tanks. Car chase, rollover, car rammed, collisions. A man collapses. Objects burned/smashed/thrown. Explosion. Suicidal thoughts mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Blood spatter, bloody neck/clothing/face/heads/cut, bone snaps. Injection (no needle seen). Body scan/images, MRI-type machine, flatlining. Patients on hospital beds, IV drips, bandage, scar, bruising. Anaphylactic shock, EpiPen, torn to pieces in Russian prison riot mentioned. Medical equipment seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man has (mostly implied) sex with multiple partners. Woman in g-string, shirtless men, skimpy clothing, cleavage, swimwear. Kissing, flirting, undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A woman is drugged (chloroform assumed), a man suffers severe hallucinations. Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails). Club setting. Prozac, anti-rejection drugs, withdrawals mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Reincarnation, death, cancer, grief, father-daughter relationships, identity, wealth, biogenics, genetic engineering, legacy, rehabilitation, estrangement, promiscuity, visions, memory, betrayal, psychopathy, family, real estate tycoons, terminal illness, resurrection, immortality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead fathers/husband, terminally ill children. Cemetery, funeral, airport. Losing a child, peanut allergy, parents and sister killed in car crash mentioned. Plane, horse, thunder. Vomiting, spitting, toilet. Grilling sausages. Shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Effective, interesting, twisty, thought-provoking, lightweight, fast-paced. Likeable lead, classy supporting cast, good performances, well-structured script, competent direction, attractive locations, solid technical credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Generic, mediocre, contrived, tepid, unremarkable. Broad characters, murky story, intriguing story degenerates into an action movie, too-neat/easy conclusions, bone-headed plot holes, Kingsley's accent is terrible.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Published in N
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:06
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild violence and some scary scenes.

  • The pitch

    The end will come.

  • Starring

    Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Skyler Gisondo, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Ben Kingsley, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney

  • Directed by

    Shawn Levy

  • Running time

    98 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are smacked, near-skewered, slapped, tripped, electrocuted, shouldered, slammed into a wall, attacked by creatures, hit with objects, thrown around, held at knife-point, threatened, punched. People fall through the ground. Objects smashed, set alight, crushed. Gun pointed at crowd. Animals chased (hunting), attacked, punched, electrocuted. Break-and-enter. Screaming. Reference to Jewish slaves in Egypt. Blood/gore: Statues without heads/limbs come to life. Animal skeletons. Removing organs/mummification mentioned. Melting nose. Dying (old age) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Flirty dancing. Cleavage. Near-nude sculptures. Bare-chested male (centaur).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Teasing. Slang for bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Adventure, history, British Museum, dinosaurs, Pompeii, cavemen, electrocution, mummification, magic, ancient Egypt, nightwatchmen, Mongols, taxidermy, father-son relationships, parenting, relics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Monkey, lions, tiger, zebra, horses, warthog, T-Rex, Triceratops, snake creature, taxidermy heads. Defibrillator, volcano. Urination, magic.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Solid, satisfying, enjoyable, silly, sneaky, entertaining, well-crafted, inspiring, pleasant, fleet, kid-friendly. Fine performances, high-concept premise, swift-moving narrative, topnotch production values, seamless visual effects, clever scene set in Maurice Escher painting, slapstick mayhem, corny jokes, a fond farewell.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Straightforward, lazy, musty, junk, tedious, sentimental, uninspired, transparent. Limp comedy.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Published in E
Monday, 08 December 2014 21:33
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Holy Moses.

  • Starring

    Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, María Valverde, Indira Varma, Ben Kingsley, Golshifteh Farahani, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Emun Elliott, Tara Fitzgerald

  • Directed by

    Ridley Scott

  • Running time

    150 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are whipped, shot (arrows), dragged, trampled, thrown through the air, stabbed, punched, tripped, impaled, slashed, flogged, hit with objects, threatened, killed, face-grabbed, buried alive, cut, hit, kicked, dragged from their homes, hanged, attacked by animals, swept away, drowned, set alight, burned. Animals shot, slaughtered, eaten, attacked. Objects set alight, burning objects, explosion. Rioting, theft. People/animals.objects fall from high cliff. Killing first-born children, drowning babies, starvation mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead people (men/women/children/babies) and animals, swinging corpses, carcasses, mummified baby/adult, coffins. Cut throat, torn/eaten limbs. Blood in water, spitting blood, bleeding, bloody arm/leg, animal blood, bloody objects, licking blood, bloody cuts, hair matted with blood. Animal entrails removed, animals butchered, human excrement eaten. Scars, sunburn, windburn, sores, pustules.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex implied (off-screen). Kissing, flirting, undressing. Revealing clothing, cleavage, shirtless men, married couple in bed (nudity implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Possible alcoholic drinks.

  • LANGUAGE

    Discrimination (anti-Hebrew, sexism). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Egyptian mythology, Christianity, slavery, slave labour, emancipation, poverty, dehydration, storms, locusts, plague, slaughter, death, grief, genocide, trade, ceremony, ritual, corruption, exile, religion, faith, miracles, sibling rivalry.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Parents' reactions when they find their dead babies. Wedding, funeral, prison settings. Horses, crocodiles, flies, oxen, locusts, sharks, vultures, birds, leeches, snake. Waterspouts, tornadoes, fish, frogs, maggots. Animal-skin rugs. Roasting animals over fire. 

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Imposing, momentous, mighty, lavish, intelligent, respectful, grounded, absorbing, revisionist, transporting, grand, bold. Searching/non-doctrinaire approach, exquisite costumes, strong performances, crisp/present-tense retelling, exciting/savage/uncompromising action sequences, sensational/brilliant/sensational/suspenseful ending, ornate screenplay, profound/affecting closing tribute from Scott.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Long, camp, grim, stodgy, dragging, inert, flat, uninspired, dull, bland, matter-of-fact. Improbably Anglo-Saxon cast, horrendous/bombastic/histrionic score, some wasted talent, acting varies between good and ordinary, overly serious, plays it safe, limp ending, stone-faced dialogue.

The Boxtrolls

Published in T
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 02:31
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Crazier than a box of frogs.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Pat Fraley, Fred Tatasciore, Toni Collette

  • Directed by

    Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are punched, kidnapped, netted, roped, electrocuted, pursued, bitten, elbowed, kicked, whacked, chained, hung upside down, slapped, thrown, near-burned, caged, crushed. Characters jump from high ledges, dangle precariously. Explosion, self-combustion. Pickpocketing, property damage, objects smashed/hit. Mass panic, hissing, screeching. Headless teddy bear. Eating babies, ripping flesh off bones, eating people mentioned. Blood/gore: Bones, fish skeleton. Insects/bugs eaten. Bite marks, swollen face/mouth. Bandage. Leeches on skin, regurgitation.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude trolls (rear view). Troll in underwear. Characters discuss their physical attraction to another character. Crotch-scratching.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters drink from pewter tankards.

  • LANGUAGE

    Incomplete s-word. Name-calling. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Family, legends, music, invention, allergies, forced labour, drag queens, cheese, white hats, class systems, social politics, garbage-collecting, genocide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Kidnapped/missing child, murdered father. Bugs, insects, centipede, slug, leeches, cows. Lightning, thunder. Licking, regurgitation. Characters with scary yellow eyes. High camera aerials. Post-credits scene. Based on Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Witty, entertaining, marvellous, funny, charming, action-packed, silly, handsome, surreal, weird. Visually rich, tightly scripted, superb stop motion, charming performances, strong voice acting, magical feel, OTT villain, exceptional character design, breathlessly paced, robust score, dynamic camera movement, hilarious post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unappealling, dreary-looking, charmless, preachy. Messy storytelling, unattractive visuals, hit-and-miss humour, overbearing grotesqueness, unrelenting cynicism sluggish/dull at times, grimly industrial set design.

Ender's Game

Published in E
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:45
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Wiggin in the middle.

  • Starring

    Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Suraj Partha, Moises Arias, Khylin Rhambo, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak, Nonso Anozie, Ben Kingsley

  • Directed by

    Gavin Hood

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, hit, kicked, bullied, thrown against objects, hit with objects, threatened, wrestled, near-choked, pushed, shoved, scalded. Human sacrifice, air raids, alien attacks, exploding aircraft, free-falling aircraft, explosions, burning buildings, wreckage, destroyed planet, lava. Smashed glass, lasers, freeze-rays. Animated animals are killed. Screaming, yelling, insubordination. Suicide, millions dead, genocide mentioned. Kids play war games, play-fight, shoot each other (freeze guns), practice hand-to-hand combat. Blood/gore: Blood on object, bandage. An animal burrows into an eye socket (animation). Twisted ankle, cracked skull.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless teen. Neutering mentioned. A boy makes a derogatory remark about another boy's paternity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). A boy is sedated. Animals appear to drown/melt in poison (animation).

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, cr*p, balls. Name-calling. Military, gender stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Science fiction, aliens, leadership, war, peace, battle, combat training, rejection, hope, authority, manipulation, teamwork, rivalry, competition, promotion, psychological assessment, misfits, failure, siblings, simulation, sleep deprivation, communication, mind games, victims, instinct, invasion, morality, bullying, video-game violence, empathy, zero gravity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father (war) mentioned. Job resignations. Infirmary, outer space, future settings. Medical procedures: object removed from skin, whirring instruments, head surgery. Alien aircraft, jets, aircraft ejection, giant, mouse/rat-like creature, giant alien bugs, cobra, swarming insects. Alien specimens in jars of formaldehyde, alien bug mask. Vomiting. Some dizzying camerawork (spiraling/sweeping/fast-moving shots). Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Absorbing, imaginative, rousing, challenging, awesome, exciting, engaging, complex, brainy, impressive, thought-provoking, intriguing, pacy. Terrific performance from Butterfield, gorgeous visuals, beautifully choreographed battle scenes, strong first half, sleek production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Self-important, uneven, anticlimactic, odd, shallow, messy, incompetent, derivative. Weak second half, storytelling feels rushed/hasty, mediocre script, lacks humour/suspense/charm, one-dimensional characters.

Iron Man 3

Published in I
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 06:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Good things come in multiples.

  • Starring

    Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak

  • Directed by

    Jon Favreau

  • Running time

    130 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/robots are shot, hit, punched, stabbed, slapped, pushed, threatened, vaporised, burned, electrocuted, tasered, tied up, thrown through glass, catapulted through the air, hit by a truck, fall from tremendous heights, hang precariously. Explosions, projectiles, debris. Burning objects, buildings; helicopters, aircraft destroyed. Mid-air explosions. Weapons include handguns, submachine guns, machine guns, rocket launchers, heli guns, rifles. Television footage shows hooded men shot by firing squad, military attacks, armed soldiers, slaughter of American Indians over land claims, burning man. A man is trapped underwater, beneath debris. Dangerous driving, vehicle collision. Stealing. Screaming. Blood/gore: Blood on faces, heads, hands, clothing, pooled blood. Bruising, scars, gashes, cuts, missing limbs. Shrapnel removed. People appear to burn beneath skin. Missing limbs appear to regenerate. Singed corpses. Body caught on power lines. A woman threatens to commit suicide. Hypodermic syringes, acupuncture needles.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple go to a hotel room to have a one-night stand. Sexual banter and innuendo. Threesome (implied). Kissing, ogling. Woman in lingerie (seen from behind). Swimwear (bikinis).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits). A woman keeps pills by her bed. A man injects himself with an implant device. People are injected with fictional serum Extremis.

  • LANGUAGE

    A-words, slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Religious exclamations. Cultural, gender, and ethnic stereotyping.

  • THEMES

    Genetic regeneration, DNA coding, brain-mapping, bioelectricity, revenge, betrayal, deception, terrorism, extremism, hero worship, obsession, evolution, biology, hijacking, kidnapping, execution, media manipulation, exile.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Demons, aliens, nightmares mentioned. A man suffers from anxiety attacks, visits a crime scene (bomb). Balloons, fireworks, helicopters, aircraft, dog, bird. Sleep deprivation. Birth, assisted suicide, suicide bombing, V2 bomb, crude oil spill, estranged father, bullying, PTSD, plastic surgery, excessive pain, (discussed). Hospital setting. Flash editing has mild strobe effect. Sky-high aerial cinematography. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Explosive special effects. Witty, amusing, creative, polished, crowd-pleasing, impressive, fast-paced. Solid performances. Exploits flaws beautifully. Excellent plot twist.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Meandering screenplay.