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CHIPS (2017)

Published in C
Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It packs some Ponch.

  • Starring

    Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard T. Jones, Maya Rudolph, Justin Chatwin

  • Directed by

    Dax Shepard

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (jumping). People are shot, punched, kicked, pushed, hit by vehicles, bitten, beheaded, tasered, grabbed, arrested, handcuffed, dragged out of car, stomped on, hit with objects, thrown against walls, held hostage, sprayed with kitty litter, flipped, tackled, wrestled, beaten, near-choked. A man jumps from a helicopter (fatal). A man's fingers are shot off (hand stump, loose fingers seen). Armed robberies (bank, armoured trucks). Car chases/rollovers/collisions, broken/smashed windscreens, wrecked/burning vehicles, cars shot/crushed, motorcycle accidents/collisions, vehicles/objects hit by moving vehicles. Molotov cocktail, explosions, trashed house. Weapons/fight training. Santa shot Rudolph, runner (ie Oscar Pistorius) who killed his girlfriend mentioned. Characters visit a premises called Suicide Boxing + Fitness. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Decapitated head, headless corpse, dead body on ground. Hand with fingers shot off (nubs and loose fingers seen; fingers in bag of ice). Bloody bullet wounds/cuts/finger nubs/hand/grazes/objects/ground; blood spatter. Patients in hospital beds/stretchers (breathing tubes, limbs in traction), CPR. Scars, arm in sling, bandages, bruising. Bone cracking/breaking sounds heard, a man collapses from joint pain. Blood [in stools], Crohn's, colitis, 23 surgeries, scrotal tear mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude couple seen having sex in a bedroom. Nude men (genitals pixelated/obscured), nude women (side and front views/wearing sheer underwear/photos). Exposed breasts, cleavage, people in underwear/swimwear/towels. Men in underwear bump crotches, a man's face lands in a nude man's crotch. Sexting. A man shows another man a nude picture of his wife (infidelity/sleeping with his wife discussed). Kissing, flirting, bum-slapping, hugging, caressing. A man makes a masturbation gesture with his arm. Jokes and discussions about infidelity, sex, masturbation, sex addiction, erection, anulingus, rating women. Stroking yourself, sex issues, over-sexualised behaviour, sex with wife, "shooting your weapon", she ate my butt mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Scene set in filthy drug den. A man says "you're high" to his stoned son. A man frequently consumes prescription pills throughout the film. Son addicted to heroin, opiate addiction, morphine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals. Name-calling (d*ck, bad, cocky, pussy, clown, super-Asian, rookies, bickering old lady, Freud, obnoxious, old, fragile, b*tch, coward, homophobe, psycho, silverback, scary, pervert, nasty, dummy, etc). Religious exclamations (what the hell, goddam, oh my god, Christ, hell yeah, Jesus, etc). Jokes about disabled people, homophobia, ageing, sex addiction, analingus, masturbation. Two men rate women's attractiveness (yawn).

  • THEMES

    Police investigation, partners, crime, corruption, marriage, separation, drug addiction, sex addiction, father-son relationships, death, grief, therapy, yoga pants.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead pilot, dead lover, dead husband. Partner (police) shot. Helicopter, lightning, thunder. Marriage separation mentioned. Hospital setting. Guy on toilet. Cat, cat's bum, dirty kitty litter. Brief Spanish (subtitles). Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Silly, energetic, dirty, inappropriate, breezy, weirdo, light, raunchy, goofy. Relaxed/easy/star performance by Michael Pena, high-energy/well-choreographed/exciting/jaw-dropping/diverting/elaborately staged action scenes, good chemistry between leads, some funny moments.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Convoluted, messy, flat, disposable, uninspired, undisciplined, slapdash, loud, strained, artless, contrived. Unnecessary storylines/moments, jokes feel shoe-horned in, throwaway/nonsensical/lazy/paper-thin/uninteresting plot, mostly unfunny, some unpleasant/repetitive/wincing/sophomoric/crude jokes, weak/forgettable female roles, many thankless performances.

Concussion (2015)

Published in C
Saturday, 20 February 2016 02:07
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Do you understand the impact?

  • Starring

    Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard, Mike O'Malley, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T. Jones, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson

  • Directed by

    Peter Landesman

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicides (implied/discussed). A woman discusses being attacked (possibly raped). People are head-grabbed, punched, tasered (self), tackled, thrown head-down, threatened, throat-grabbed. Domestic violence (arguing, pushing/shoving). A man slams his fist on the table. Objects thrown, smashed, kicked; broken glass. Footage of police chase, exploding car. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Animation of head trauma/impact, frontal lobe damage. Death row, serial killer, nearly pushed my kid into a wall, killer proteins, your head on a spike, I'll kill you, arrest, fraud, federal threat, suicide, drinking anti-freeze, throwing animals down stairs, self-inflicted gunshot wounds mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses on tables (morgue), body bags. Undressing/washing corpse. Autopsy (slicing skin, drilling, sawing, weighing organs, slicing/viewing tissue samples). Bloody face mask, bloody objects, bloody water. Scarred, bruised, broken, burned skin wound; contusions. Photos of deceased, broken/dislodged fingernails, bloody hands. Injection (through clothing). X-rays. Bird skull. Tooth pulled, uncontrolled bleeding, blood of the victim, haemophilia, tumour, scans, pulling teeth out and superglueing them back in, cardiac arrest, self-mutilating, CT scans, severe headaches, double vision, dizziness, chronic trauma, neck injury, dead footballers mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Skimpy costumes. A woman suggests he was attacked and possibly raped.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (Haldol injected, sniffing fumes, vials of pills/medicine). Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Bar, nightclub settings. Narcotics abuse, overdose, Ritalin, Dexadrine, champagne, Zoloft, Lexapro, tobacco companies mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), NFL, head knocks, brain damage, concussion, forensic pathology, autopsy, vagrancy, fame, domestic violence, aggression, mood swings, depression, medical journals, suicide, cover-ups, pregnancy, miscarriage, self-mutilation, drug addiction.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Court, morgue, church, bar, nightclub, funeral, hospital settings. Marriage proposal. Blackbird (opening credits), plane.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sobering, infuriating, good, gutsy, urgent, engrossing, enjoyable, competent, articulate, timely, thoughtful, well-meaning. Strong/fine cast, rich/memorable performances, fine/understated performance by Will Smith, harrowing subject matter, taut script, sharp editing, nicely shot, riveting at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unsubtle, imperfect, uninspired, heavy-handed, workmanlike, slow-paced, dreary. Conventional storytelling, some on-the-nose exposition, uneven accent work, some puzzling scenes, bombastic score, overuse of the American theme.

Godzilla (2014)

Published in G
Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:23
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The Brody Bunch.

  • Starring

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, CJ Adams, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones

  • Directed by

    Gareth Edwards

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are crushed, hit with falling objects, thrown from high ledges, thrown from the air, eaten. Creatures attack each other/are fired upon, a bird flies into a window. Plane, jet, helicopter, submarine, boat collisions; air strikes; an aircraft flies into a building. Bolts of electricity fired, mass panic, mass devastation and destruction. Bridges, buildings, monorail collapse. Famous cities, landmarks destroyed. Explosions, fireballs, burning objects, smashed window. Vehicle rollover, vehicle debris, flotsam. Nuclear explosions, tidal waves, nuclear warheads, warships, aircraft carriers, gas marks, armed soldiers, military vehicles, tanks seen. Radiation, Hiroshima, lost submarine, trespassing, mentioned. Dead miners mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, flatlining. Creature decapitated. People in body bags, people on stretchers, walking wounded, IV drips, bandages, neck/head braces, breathing masks, makeshift hospital, blood bag. Bloody heads, faces, grazes. Animal bones, oozing slime.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Skimpy clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Casino setting (poker machines seen).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Godzilla, family, father-son relationships, grief, military operations, folklore, nuclear meltdown, nuclear blasts, radiation, workplace accidents.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased wife/mother, deceased father/grandfather. Jail, casino, hospital settings. Helicopters, jets, planes. Dogs, centipedes, bugs, chameleon, bats, wolf, flock of birds, giant bat-like creatures, giant lizard creature, animal roaring/screeching. Some Japanese (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sustained, epic, entertaining, sensory, atmospheric, beautiful, badass, awesome, slow-burning, subtle, tense, thrilling, gleeful, grand, smart, self-aware, eye-popping, well-paced. Awe-inspiring set pieces, impressive CGI, vivid action, satisfying monsters, low-key feel, strong performance from Bryan Cranston, striking cinematography, clever direction, satisfying spectacle, climactic finale, intricate attention to detail, Godzilla gets heaps of screen time. A respectful update of the classic.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Humourless, predictable, two-dimensional. Stock characters, dull acting, sparse script, heavy-handed score, not enough screen time from Bryan Cranston, weak female roles, wasted cast, baggy middle act, numerous plot holes and inconsistencies, lacks suspense.