Displaying items by tag: film analysis Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sweet Country (2017)

Published in S
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:18
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

Ferdinand (2017)

Published in F
Saturday, 09 December 2017 11:08
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  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A-dora-bull.

  • Starring

    (voices of): John Cena, Jerrod Carmichael, Lily Day, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Peyton Manning, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Boris Kodjoe, Raúl Esparza, Bobby Cannavale, Colin H. Murphy

  • Directed by

    Carlos Saldanha

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are headbutted, kicked, pushed aside, pursued, blasted through the air, sat on, stung by a bee, bitten, prodded, mocked, hit by objects, near-crushed by slaughter machinery, frozen, lassoed, near-impaled by matador spikes, held at swordpoint. A fly is chopped in half. A baby is thrown through the air/dangles precariously from a high wire. A character slides down an embankment. A flower is crushed underfoot. A marketplace is accidentally trashed. Dangerous driving, cars crashed into, finger trapped in car window, car crushed. Roaring, screaming. A character says, "When I beat you to a pulp". Blood/gore: Scars, broken horn. CPR/mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, fainting. Abbatoir setting.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None)

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (loser, weirdo, wimp, puny bag of bones, soft, monster, scary beast, ginormous, chumps, sizeist, big tough guy, jerk, filthy weasels, beady-eyed, little thieves, meatheads, sucker, ugly beast, stinky one, numpty, teacher's pet, scared little coward, killing machine, meat, glue stick, pasty-faced, show ponies, ballerinas, gerbils, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jeez, holy cow).

  • THEMES

    Bullfighting, matadors, pacifism, friends, family, teamwork, slaughterhouses, competition, animal rights, compassion, non-conformity, kindness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Bull horns of dead bulls on wall. Bulls, horses, bee, dog, butterflies, caterpillar, chickens, chick, cat, goat, pigs, rabbit. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Raspberry-blowing, sneezing, gagging, vomiting. Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. End credits bonus scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, pacifist, relevant, endearing, vibrant, sincere, likeable, funny, entertaining, relatable, charming, silly, inoffensive. True to its source material, nimble voice work, nails Spanish topography/faces, some hilarious sight gags/slapstick.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Strains/stalls at times, Nina character doesn't age, heavy non-Spanish voice casting, too many characters, weak soundtrack.

The Commuter (2018)

Published in T
Saturday, 09 December 2017 10:35
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    What kind of person are you?

  • Starring

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Killian Scott, Florence Pugh, Roland Møller, Dean-Charles Chapman, Clara Lago, Andy Nyman

  • Directed by

    Jaume Collet-Serra

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, hit by a bus, punched, smacked, elbowed, head-butted, slammed against objects, headlocked, hit, shoulder-charged, kicked, kneed, pepper-sprayed, shirt-grabbed, thrown from a train, near-crushed by a moving train, wrestled, thrown around the carriage, pickpocketed, held hostage. Train derailment, emergency brake pulled, train speeding out of control, train collision. Television and newspaper reports discuss a man's suicide (jumping from building). A character describes witnessing a murder at gunpoint. Bag filled with fake IDs. A man says "they always kill the kid" (Lord of the Flies reference). Blood/gore: Corpse on ground in front of bus, dead bodies on train. Bloody heads, faces, noses, lips, hands, knuckles, cuts, scratches, grazes, objects. Bone-cracking sound heard. Wound-dressing. Man on stretcher, bandages, sling, IV drip.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) A young female argues as her boyfriend tried to forcibly kiss her. Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer/pub setting). Gambling (poker).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, butt, pee. Name-calling (a**hole, suit, prick, scumbag, sonofab*tch, bastard, etc). Religious exclamations (goddam, Jesus, oh my God, what the hell, Jesus Christ, Jeez, my God, I swear to God, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Survival, mystery, train travel, commuting, job loss, desperation, observation, clues, responsibility, police corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss/redundancy. Dead father, divorce mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fast, noisy, breathless, whooshing, whiplash-inducing, enjoyable, over-the-top, diverting, stylish, zippy, pulpy. Classy/solid cast, slick/showy technical credits, superb/character-defining opening sequence; an amusingly ridiculous ride.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Senseless, forgettable, silly. Illogical storytelling, daft set pieces, tone-deaf dialogue.

The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

Three Summers (2017)

Published in T
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:20
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Australia in a tent.

  • Starring

    Nichola Balestri, Nicholas Boshier, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton, Adriane Daff, Mahesh Jadu, Amay Jain, Damon Lockwood, Sam Longley, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Peter Rowsthorn

  • Directed by

    Ben Elton

  • Running time

    102 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man punches another man. A woman pushes her daughter away. A security guard bends a man's arm behind his back. Small equipment explosion (smoke/loud bang). A youth wears an ankle monitor. Men argue about racial differences. A mobile phone is stolen. A man is belittled in front of a large crowd. Mobile bomb factory, white supremacists, Hitler, beat your wife, ethnic cleansing, oppressed freedom, imprisoned without trial mentioned. References to white invasion, the stolen generation, occupied country, asylum seekers, refugees, detention centres.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed after one-night stand. Married couples in bed together (post-sex implied). Kissing, flirting, crotch-adjusting. A man tries to force a woman to kiss him. Nude man (genitals mostly obscured), shirtless men, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Song lyrics mention sexual politics, rape, castration, tampons. Tinder, Grindr, hooking up, nude calendar, root mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, hip flask). AA meetings, alcoholism discussed, pub setting. Recovering alcoholics, smoke some crack, stoners, binge drinking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    A handful of f-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, crap, p*ss, d*ck, balls. Name-calling (b*tch, d*ckhead, whitefellas, blackfellas, pretentious twat, white boy, crazy idiots, bloody fool, bloody idiot, thief, racist, bum-fluff hipster, prick-teasing b*tch, sick lonely old man, etc). Religious exclamations (Jesus, heaven, oh God, hell, etc). Comic references to f-word (folking, folked up, etc).

  • THEMES

    Folk music, festivals, father-daughter relationships, regional radio, camping holidays, indigenous issues, refugees, multiculturalism, security, audition, music, instruments, talent, success, selfies, the theremin, culture, dog washing, alcoholic fathers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/grandmother mentioned. Dead wife/mother (car crash), estranged wife/mother mentioned. Church setting. Dog. Thunder. Instruments made with bone, gut and animal skin mentioned. Kangaroo skin coat worn. Fart mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Breezy, inoffensive. Diverse characters, great cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Safe, bloated, messy, over-plotted, ham-fisted, outdated, disposable, unfunny, weightless, disappointing. Clumsy/sanctimonious/clunky dialogue, predictable/bland central romance, transparent politics.

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Published in D
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:24
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and animated violence.

  • The pitch

    It's on like Donkey Kong.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steve Carell, Trey Parker, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Pierre Coffin, Jenny Slate

  • Directed by

    Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts, kicked, punched, smacked, blasted through the air, crushed by falling Minions, hit with objects, ejected from an aircraft, hooded, blindfolded, bitten by dog, pursued, slapped, hit with dart, grabbed, imprisoned, flicked with a towel, face-licked, shirt-grabbed, electric-shocked, stuck to a wall, gagged, blasted by a laser-style gun. Characters stumble down stairs, freefall from high distances, dangle over high ledges, get teeth knocked out. A city is overcome by bubblegum bubbles, attacked with giant laser beams/by a giant robot-toy, buildings collapse. Aircraft on fire, aircraft crash. Objects punched, stomped on, destroyed by lasers, knocked over; broken glass. A comic animation sequence shows a stick figure being attacked by a missile, impaled, decapitate. Cars slam into building/pole, cars almost collide. Dog attacks newspaper, prison food fight, prison breakout, pillow fight. A flashback scene shows an upset youth after falling off their bicycle. Explosion, dynamite. Stealing. Criminal mastermind, nuclear blast mentioned. Screaming, yelling, mass panic. Blood/gore: (None) Graze on knee. Character frozen in carbonite, character with closed (assumed blinded) eye. Singed man with burning/smoking suit. A man removes a rubber facemask and body suit disguise. Heimlich manoeuver.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude male characters, nude statues, nude Minions (genitals obscured). Male in mankini. A Minion's coconut bra slides down/another Minion covers up his exposed (non-existent) nipple. Kissing (platonic), flirting, Minions rub their butts together. Characters in swimwear. Acne, puberty, private parts, boobs mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Bar settings (drinks seen in background). Drunks kicked out of pub. Gamble online mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    (There is no swearing in this film.) Son of a BMX. Name-calling (Evil Bratt, monster, old, fat, dumb, losers, idiot, mischievous, dweeb, villain, bald, dumpling, dipsticks, lying wimp, failure, mullethead, barfbag, etc). Religious exclamation (holy moly).

  • THEMES

    Classic children's television, child TV stars, 80s music, twin brothers, sibling rivalry, teamwork, family, unicorns, talent shows, Minions, dance-offs, merchandise, infamy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, estranged brother, divorced parents mentioned. Prison, bar settings. A mother temporarily fears her children are missing. A publican talks a young girl into visiting a secluded area of a forest in hopes of seeing a unicorn. Job loss. Giant robot with scary red eyes. Planes, helicopters, full moon. Cats, goat, bunnies, dogs, pigs, piglets, birds, cow, fish, fishing, foxes, deer, squirrels. Reindeer head on wall, unicorn horn. Fart gas, fart noises, piles of dog poo, toilet, bubblegum bubbles, spitting, blowing raspberries, gagging. Pee your pants mentioned. Cheese eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Clever, lively, bonkers, amusing, funny, entertaining, good-hearted, energetic. Terrific pop culture references, break-neck pacing, cute characters, eye-popping visuals, dazzling animation, outlandish jokes, zany villain, funky score, self-mocking/meta/intricate/masterful finale, hilarious retro dance-offs, some inspired/inventive moments, Agnes is particulary adorable.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, over-stuffed, unwieldy, messy, unadventurous, ideas-light. Humdrum story, extraneous sub-plots.

The Promise (2016)

Published in P
Monday, 12 June 2017 09:55
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Trust no-one.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Marwan Kenzari, Angela Sarafyan, Tom Hollander, Numan Acar, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Roman Mitichyan

  • Directed by

    Terry George

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Murder/suicide (TNT explosion/people thrown through the air). People are shot, driven into desert and killed (including women and children), placed on trial for treason, malnourished, crammed into train cars, hit with objects (vegetables/baton/firearm/log/rocks), pursued, punched, kicked, tackled, forced to knees, pistol-whipped, pushed into walls, forced into army/labour camps, executed, kicked to the ground, threatened, dragged by the hair, knocked out of lifeboats, drowned (graphic). A man falls from a moving train into a river. Story of men gunned down with machine guns after completeing work with survivors spared to dump bodies in ravine. Story of wife stabbed and pregnant belly ripped open to remove unborn child from womb. Story of orphans whose parents were murdered in front of them. Villages burned, explosions, coach on fire, possessions looted, houses trashed. Protests/rioting (flag burned, shop windows smashed, shops set alight). Attempt at forcing someone to sign a false confession of espionage. Story of mother and son fighting. Bribery. World War I setting (military personnel/warships/parades, conscription, etc). Destroyed boats, real photos from the war. Arguing, screaming. Arrests, killing, massacre mentioned. References to person dying in the Civil War, to World War II (Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour). Blood/gore: Pile of corpses. Dead bodies strung up with messages around their necks. Cadaver opened by medical students/spleen removed causing excrement to spurt out of body. Bloody heads/bodies/clothes/bandages/objects. Cuts on hands/faces, man on crutches (leg missing), leg wounds, neck wounds. Broken ankle, bruising, split lip, bandages, fainting. Bullet wounds on dead bodies. First aid stations with nurses attending to wounds/patients on cots; field surgery (bullet removed from neck). Funeral rites heard. Anatomy diagrams seen in background. Reference to bullet still lodged in face. Reference to 0.5 million deaths, 4000 people rescued from Turkish-Armenia conflict.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Two scenes showing couples in bed together beneath sheets (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging, undressing, slow dancing. Skimpy clothing, belly-dancing outfit, cleavage, bare shoulders, shirtless men, man in nightshirt. A man says "Female anatomy, that's my passion". Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Making and administering potions for illnesses (apothecary). Alcohol (wine, champagne, absinthe). Intoxication. Smoking (cigar). Reference to opium dens.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word. Racist slurs and name-calling (Armenian dog, Armenian's are a tumour in our midst, witch, baron, infidel, etc). Religious exclamations (oh Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank God she died, oh my God, etc), religious ceremonies and iconography.

  • THEMES

    World War I, Ottoman Empire, genocide, massacre, spies, death, love triangles, grief, labour camps, Turkish massacre of Armenians, religion, persecution, debts, infidelity, atrocity, journalism, war reporters, survival.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead family, dead parents, dead father, dead wife, dead villagers. Dead mother, dead father (suicide), dead ex-wife (thank God she died), woman married off for dowry (400 coins) mentioned. Horses, dogs. Vomiting. Children begging in street. A woman suffers a difficult pregnancy (malnourishment/need for vitamins).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Involving, well-intentioned, solid, earnest, event-stuffed, didactic. Extravagant/colourful/ultra-crisp/arresting/eye-pleasing visuals, vivid historical recreation of Constantinople, watchable cast, solid direction, horrifying/worthy subject matter.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd, soapy, dusty, familiar, workmanlike, predictable, stuffy, musty, stagnant, contrived, boring, flat, stifling, slow-paced, monotonous, fragmented, disappointing, weak, atonal, turgid. Some hammy scenes/dialogue, little chemistry between leads, unnecessary romantic subplot, underdeveloped protagonists, threadbare plot.

The Mummy (2017)

Published in T
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 06:29
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  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes, violence and sustained threat.

  • The pitch

    Tom Cruise has it all wrapped up.

  • Starring

    Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari

  • Directed by

    Alex Kurtzman

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A female slices the throats of her father, his wife and their newborn baby (implied deaths - black blood spatter seen). Characters are embalmed/mummified alive, shot (bullets/tranquiliser darts), punched, kicked, speared, restrained, chained, bitten by a spider, stabbed (blades/syringes), thrown to the ground/through the air/out of a window/through a windscreen/out of a moving vehicle, slammed against a tree, dragged along by a moving vehicle, sucked out of an aircraft, life-sucked (breath/life drawn out mouth-to-mouth), attacked by plagues of rats and spiders, tackled, face-grabbed, throat-grabbed, hit with objects, roundhouse-kicked, harpooned, strait-jacketed, possessed, rammed into a glass panel head-first, elbowed, headlocked, near-hit by car/bus/tube train, smacked, hair-grabbed, leg-snapped, face-licked, slapped, dragged underwater/drowned, head-smashed/stomped, resurrected, shoulder-charged, pursued. Plane crash (implied - bird strike, aircraft spiralling toward ground on fire, engine explosion, wreckage later seen). A zombie dives through a car window, gets slammed in half against a tree, gets maimed. Vehicle rollover. A man stabs himself with a ceremonial dagger (sacrificial suicide/resurrection). A man punches his hand through a zombie's head. A character turns into an evil incarnation of himself. A spider crawls into a man's ear. A man inserts his fingers up under another man's ribs. Grenades thrown, explosions, airstrike. Ancient statues are shot/damaged. Buildings collapse, village attacked/mass damage, giant sinkhole. Military aircraft, vehicles, personnel, weapons. Objects shot, knocked over, destroyed with an axe, smashed; broken glass, exploding glass, exploding street lights, electrical sparks. Screaming, rasping, roaring, maniacal laughing. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, resurrected bodies/zombies (leathery skin, missing flesh/limbs/hands, split in half, roaring, etc), bodies in plastic body bags on morgue tables. Skeletons, skulls, bones. Blood spatter, bloody cuts on face/forehead, blood dripping into water, blood on shirt/objects. Zombie characters turn into dust, get head-smashed, have head pulled apart, have head stomped on. A mummy character is seen in various stages of rejuvenation (missing flesh, crooked posture, bones/sinew visible, etc). A man's throat and face become pale with blackening veins after being bitten by a spider. Cloudy eyes, burned/scarred hand, yellow/green eyes, eyes rolling back into head. A man is injected with serum via a device containing four syringes. Body scan images of woman seen on monitor. Morgue, funeral settings. Science lab filled with skulls, snakes, creatures, etc, in jars. Burial, tombs, coffins, graves, cemetery. Live birds hung upside down (ceremonial). Died in childbirth, dissection mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is seen straddling different men several times in the film (sex implied). Nude man (holding crotch area), nude woman (side/rear views), shirtless men. A man and a woman banter about a one-night stand they recently shared. A female character licks a man's face.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, shots, spirits). Bar setting. A man injects himself with an unknown serum. A woman is tied up and forcibly fed mercury intravenously (embalming). Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (monster, insurgents, crazy bastard, sonofab*tch, fanatical, cursed, chick, thief, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my god, damn, what in the living hell, what the hell, Jesus, gods, etc).

  • THEMES

    Egyptian mummies, curses, evil, thieves, zombies, London, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, resurrection, sacrifice, ceremonial dagger, mummification.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead wife/stepmother, dead baby/stepbrother, dead friends. Childbirth scene (brief, not graphic). Grave-robbing. Funeral, church settings. Lightning, thunder, sandstorms, full moon. Helicopters, plane. Spiders, rats, crows, horses, cows. Vomiting. Brief Ancient Egyptian language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, ridiculous, fun, big-budget, elaborate. Occasionally rollicking, Sofia Boutella is Princess Ahmanet is a genuinely creepy/eye-catching/menacing baddie, Jake Johnson is a delight, Cruise amuses.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Aimless, lukewarm, derivative, unnecessary, silly, unremarkable, tedious, endless, pointless, lifeless, flabby, shapeless, strained, loud, excessive, mechanical, scattershot. Messy plot, underwhelming action scenes, mouldy/shouted dialogue, insistent score, lumbering/scenery-chewing/ill-conceived performance by Russell Crowe.

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    There's something in the water.

  • Starring

    Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Angus Barnett, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

  • Directed by

    Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Most of the violence is bloodless/implied/off-screen/in shadow.) Characters are shot, run through, stabbed, sliced, thrown overboard/down stairs/from a horse/off a roof/into burning water/through the air, pushed aside, pursued, punched, flipped, tackled, held at gunpoint, held at knifepoint/swordpoint, impaled, imprisoned, throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, knocked to the ground, dragged, tied up, gagged, chained/shackled, shoved against a wall, handcuffed, near-executed (woman with noose around neck, man in guillotine), blasted with water, slapped, near-eaten by a shark, caught in a net, beaten, hung upside down and speared, hit with objects, squished between two boats, possessed, drowned (implied). Sword seen piercing through chests, explosions seen blasting through people's chests. Survivors wading in water during a sea battle are ordered to be shot. A boy throws himself overboad while tied to a bundle of rocks (possible drowning implied). Ships are attacked with cannonfire; explosions, burning ships, sinking ships, burning flag. A ship opens up like a spider/skeleton and "eats" other ships. A ship teeters on the edge of a waterfall (tense). Part of a boat is eaten by a shark. A village is near-destroyed during a robbery (buildings/overpass damaged, falling debris, mass panic). A rat is thrown into a boiling cauldron, a shark is hit with an oar. Smashed bottle, broken glass. Bank robbery, lock-picking, bribery. Yelling, arguing, screaming, hissing. Painful cries and yelps heard as sailors are killed (implied); slashing/slicing sounds heard. A character is known as "the butcher of the sea", an area of land is called Hangman's Bay. Objects/people fall over, people fall from high up. Swordfights, fist fights. Beating, execution, hanging, disembowelment, firing squad, guillotine, stoning, tortured and killed, we will beat your captain to death, mutiny mentioned. Blood/gore: Decapitated/bloody heads in basket. Dead bodies on deck, floating in the sea. Ghostly resurrected sailors have white/scaly/cracked skin, missing limbs and body parts, exposed skeletons/bones, ash flying around them, decay, husky/wheezing voices, dark eyes, missing heads/faces/torsos, black goo oozing from mouths, bloodshot eyes, the ability to walk on water. Bloody cuts, cheek, lip, mouth, hands, palm, bullet wound, slash on arm, clothing, floor, compass; dripping blood, blood moon. Characters disappear into a cloud of dust and die. People try and tear a man's toenail off. Scars, peg leg, stitches on head. Walls are filled with skulls on shelves, furniture and railings are made from skeletons/bones. Faces covered in barnacles, people covered in mud, people with dirty faces, sunburned skin. Patients in hospital beds. Skull and crossbones insignia seen. Hanging described (eyes bulging, tongue lagging, breaking neck, etc). Cart loaded with coffins. Scabies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding, flirting, ogling, undressing. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Couple seen in bed together (asleep/clothed). Infidelity implied (a clothed woman is found with a man who is not her husband). Sexual-themed euphemisms ("no woman has ever handled my Herschel", "18lb balls - that's why he walked funny", "I'm not paying you for that", "shacking up with sister", "she's a horologist you know - my mum was a horologist (ie prostitute", etc).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (rum). Intoxication. Pub setting. A witch drinks a potion (resembles runny petroleum jelly).

  • LANGUAGE

    Possible f-word (muffled), bugger, p*ss. Name-calling (pathetic bilge rats, disturbed, stupid, devil, witch, wench, wicked lass, trollop, filthy, pirate, worthless braggard, swine, coward, evil spawn, cursed eunuch, common, dimwitted, scum, stupid, it, filthy beast, etc). A woman is mocked for being fat and ugly. Religious references (crucifix on wall, confession heard, etc) and exclamations (my God, Devil's triangle, etc).

  • THEMES

    Trident of Poseiden, curses, pirates, estranged fathers, father-son relationships, orphans, battles at sea, bank robbery, treason, execution, revenge, sacrifice, astronomy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead captain, dead shipmates. Kill her brother, estranged fathers, cursed father, widowed sister mentioned. Hospital, pub, underwater, wedding settings. Thunder, lightning, earthquaking, parting of the sea. Resurrected brids, fish and sharks (skeletons/missing body parts), horses, donkeys, pigs, rats, ocean fish, flies, monkey, bird poo. Giant skeleton character. Spitting. Bedwetting mentioned. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rollicking, enjoyable, swashbuckling, emotional, romantic, entertaining, surprising, diverting, fun, admirable, playful, absorbing, fresh. Impressive opening sequence, well-staged/thrilling action, memorable set pieces, beautiful locations, colourful cinematography, some spectacular CGI, easy-to-follow narrative, delightful/funny cameo by Sir Paul McCartney, satisfying/neat finale, captures some of the essence/charm of the original Gore Verbinski film.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overengineered, unnecessary, nonsensical. A little overstuffed/incoherent/messy, slim character evolution, few new ideas, some long stretches of fruitless exposition, panto-ish performance by Johnny Depp, some jokes fall flat.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Orphaned sons of anarchy.

  • Starring

    Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, Annabelle Wallis

  • Directed by

    Guy Ritchie

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, kneed, slapped, thrown, pushed, thrown from buildings/horses, slashed, stabbed, dragged by noose around neck, dragged off horses, shoved to knees, shoulder-charged, cut, hit with objects/fireballs, speared, shot with arrows, branded, throat-slit, attacked/bitten by dogs, impaled, slapped, headbutted, sliced, attacked by birds, thrown into walls/columns, shackled (in prison), dragged by hair, executed (beheading), bitten/eaten by snake, dragged under water, turned into stone, kidnapped. People on fire/explode; people fall from great heights/jump to their deaths/jump into a river. People fall down, hit their heads; sword stabbed through stomach. Parents killed in front of children, children taken as punishment (see children in cages). Trials - attacked by snakes, grabbed and dragged by giant bats, attacked by large rats, moving through scenery with bones of giant animals, stalked by wolves. A horse falls to its death after being deliberately riddeon over edge. Explosions, burning bridges/buildings, arson. Battles, armies clashing. Gigantic elephants knock over people/buildings; buildings/structures/bridges knocked down/destroyed/collapsed. Child being bullied (money stolen/pushed/nighmares/thrown in river/chased/head-dunked/growing up in brothel/punched/hit by soldier). Prostitutes are hit/slapped by clients. Threats of violence/death ("I'm going to take your hands for that"/knife to throat/"cut your hand off"/threat to cut off ear). Killing by arrow, head rolling (execution), person tied to chopping block, home razed/burned to ground, murdered mages, sinking barges, riots, killing civilians/rebels, Vikings, slavery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies on ground, bodies hanging from trees. Person's ear cut off, people's throats slit, cuts on shoulder/faces. Bloody cuts on child's face, bloodied flag, bloody arrow, blood on clothes, blood spatter. Bloodied and bruised man chained up (torture implied). Nose bleed, dripping blood, bloody face. Cuts, scars, bruises, black eyes, blind eye, limping, bandaged head, wrapped hand, sore ribs. Arrow protruding from thigh. Burning funeral pyres. Swords/spears/knife seen entering flesh. Human bones, giant animal bones. Snake cut in half.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Brothel setting. Prostitutes (covered by sheets) and clients. Breasts visible on tapestry. Semi-nude sea witches and tree nymphs (breasts covered by hair). Shirtless men, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (brandy, people drink from goblets). Gambling (dice). Tree nymphs hallucinate from snake venom.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bollocks, p*ss. Name-calling (stupid, bastards, son of a prostitute, etc). Slang references to genitals.

  • THEMES

    King Arthur, Excalibur, the sword in the stone, legends, trials, sacrifice, assassination, fantasy, magic, sorcery, uxoricide, filicide, extortion, murder, armies, rebels, nightmares, kidnapping, orphans.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, brothel settings. Horses, dogs, giant snakes, giant bats, giant rats, wolves, octopus women, shadowy/smoky/firey man-monster, tree nymphs. Earth quaking. People wear animal pelts/skulls. Raw meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stylish, engrossing, fun, kinetic, chaotic, thrilling, funny, mocking, light, entertaining, violent, unsentimental, thunderous, bloody, bludgeoning, loud. Enjoyable/malevolent/career-best/effective/magnificent performance by Jude Law, unconventional/skirling score, some interesting camera angles, decent one-liners, some imaginative narrative touches, tactile costume design, richly detailed sets.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, dull, strained, bombastic, thudding, vulgar, frustrating, misshapen, inert, lopsided, muddled. Underdeveloped characters, over-dictated plot, generic/incoherent action sequences, deafening music, oppressive CGI, some ludicrous set pieces.