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R.I.P.D.

Published in R
Friday, 02 August 2013 02:46
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Ghostmen in Black.

  • Starring

    Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Robert Knepper, Mike O'Malley, Devin Ratray, Larry Joe Campbell

  • Directed by

    Robert Schwentke

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/monsters are shot (police rifles, futuristic laser weapons, harpoon line-gun), shot at, vaporised, hit with objects, stabbed, pursued, thrown through the air, punched, near-crushed, thrown from skyscrapers, thrown into oncoming traffic, threatened, dangle precariously, fall several floors. Explosions, building collapses, burning debris, property damage, broken glass. Inter-worldly portals cause mass devastation. Dangerous driving, vehicle collisions, helicopter crash, vehicle rollover. Yelling. Human sacrifice mentioned. Blood/gore: Searing flesh, exploding flesh. Bodily transformations, dismembered limbs. Bleeding stab wound, torn flesh. Falling corpses.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, ogling, flirting. STDs, castration, lap-dancing, porn mentioned. Innuendo. Sex acts mentioned (comic). Nude man (genitals not seen). Shirtless men. Woman in underwear. Skimpy clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Meth dealing mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, slang for bodily functions. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Resurrection, police work, dirty cops, corruption, drug busts, second chances, rookies, judgement, Armageddon, investigation, modern versus traditional, mismatched partnerships, baseball, grief.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Husband killed. Job suspension. Funeral, cemetery, hospital settings. Dysentery mentioned. Monsters with extra eyes, extra hands, stretched skin, oversized body parts. Helicopters, plane, toilet. Flock of birds, seagull, dog, taxidermy bird. Racks of hanging meat. Spitting, vomiting, biting, gagging, slime. Inspired by Dark Horse comic.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kevin Bacon. Faintly amusing comedy. One impressive use of CGI.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Dull, unoriginal, un-engaging, generic, unfunny, inconsistent, bland, boring, loud, graceless. Bridges' accent frequently difficult to understand, disappointing creatures, lifeless script, no chemistry between actors, poorly realised, confusing and silly plot, garish special effects, overbearing CGI, terrible editing.

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.