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Miss Sloane (2016)

Published in M
Monday, 20 February 2017 02:50
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Hit and Miss.

  • Starring

    Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston

  • Directed by

    John Madden

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A person is held at gunpoint, shots fired into the air, person shot and killed. Many references to gun-related crimes and deaths, massacres, school shootings, terrorism, death threats, hate mail, prison, black market weapons trade. Mother on news crying over shooting death of daughter. Folders etc pushed off table. "Guts you like a trout and strangles you with its entreails", prison shanking, being killed by job mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Blurry sex scene with a gigolo (seen from shoulders up). Undressing (sex implied), kissing. Sexual joke about a priest and a nun. Reference to dildos. Male sex worker/escort. Woman in shower (no nudity seen), shirtless man, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Pills consumed (benzodiazepines, psycho-stimulants). Alcohol (wine, cocktail, spirits, beer). Smoking (cigarettes). Inebriation reference.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, crapper, p*ss, d*cks. Name-calling (retarded, dog, etc). Misogynistic comments (she pees standing up, she doesn't do the kissy-kissy stuff most women do, etc). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Gun control, power broking, lobbyists, governance, ethical violations, insomnia, spying, surveillance, blackmail, redemption, prostitution, protests.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Prison setting. Destruction from palm oil manufacture discussed.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Smart, solid, topical, cutting, corrosive, high-stakes, tart, bracing, distinctive, talky, tense, twisty, electrifying, lively. Smashing/powerful/forceful performance by Jessica Chastain, intriguing characters, terrific cast, crackling script.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Soapy, overlong, shallow. Dumb/silly/implausible/ludicrous/contrived ending, one ludicrously contrived gun scene, a few too many plot twists, overstuffed script, some weak/underwritten characters.

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Published in T
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 06:06
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  • Rating

    M: Fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    Long before happily ever after.

  • Starring

    Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Sophie Cookson, Nick Frost, Colin Morgan, Ralph Ineson, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sam Claflin

  • Directed by

    Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot with arrows, asphyxiated, burned to death (child), shoved, hypnotised, frozen, shattered, hit with objects, knocked to the ground, face-grabbed, slapped, punched, kicked, flipped, held at knife-point, pushed, tripped, wrestled, headbutted, stabbed, dragged, elbowed, slashed, near-choked, chained, hair-pulled, netted, burned (blue fireball), rammed, neck-snapped, leg-grabbed, whipped, headlocked, sentenced to death, impaled. Children are stolen away to build a child army. Weapons training/fighting (children and adults). Mariticide, sororicide, infanticide. Burning objects. Objects punched, smashed, knocked over. A man falls down rooftops, dangles precariously. Characters appear to fall and smash apart. Screaming, roaring, arguing, mass panic, bar brawl. Lose it [your tongue], gut you like a deer, locked in dungeon for seven years, tear her heart out mentioned. Blood/gore: Many corpses (on battlefields/coffin/ground). Animals seen feeding on dead bodies. Bloody heads, faces, hands, knuckles, fingers, chest, clothing, ice, wounds, cuts, scratches, objects. Scars, bruising, wound-dressing/cauterising. Spitting blood. Freeze-burn marks on skin. Object protruding/removed from skin. Burned/wrinkled skin. Animal carcasses (rats, birds, butterflies, dogs). Skeletons, skulls. Black/tar-like blood. Gold/black skin, black tendrils. A snap is heard when a creature is pulled back by its horns (broken neck assumed).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has (implied) sex in a hot pool, in a campsite. Kissing, face-touching, flirting, undressing. A woman caresses a man's leg with her foot. Bare leg (female), bare chest (male), topless woman (breasts mostly obscured). Low-cut gowns, cleavage. Nude sprites/creatures (no visible genitals). References to infidelity, prostitution, propositioning, dwarf sex. Innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (ale).

  • LANGUAGE

    P*ss off, bugger, a-word, w*nker, b*llocks, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Fairy tales, evil sisters, love, fantasy, betrayal, grief, anger, child soldiers, dwarves, goblins, rock-climbing, traitors, Snow White, magic mirrors, sororicide, infanticide, death of a child, revenge, enchantment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife. Dead husband mentioned. Church, funeral, bar settings. Marriage. Flocks of birds, horses, dogs, snake, tortoise, squirrels, butterflies, owls, fireflies, goat/monkey-creature with ram's horns and scary teeth, bear-like creature, badger, hedgehog, elk. Frozen blue eyes, creepy forest. Fur worn; fur rugs seen. Waterfall. Time-lapse cinematography, fast-moving camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Chilly, competent, shiny, entertaining, passable. Spectacular cast, delightful background details, inventive visuals, impressive/modern/fluid special effects, intense battle sequences, handsome production design, stunning/lavish/magnificent costumes, child versions of main actors are exceptionally well cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Dull, silly, sprawling, overstuffed, dispiriting, ill-paced, odd, hammy, dour. Messy story, tiresome/garbled/inert plot, middling third act, obvious twists, weak chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain, unconvincing accents, swollen score, bizarre/distracting subplots.

Crimson Peak

Published in C
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    Damsel in this dress.

  • Starring

    Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope

  • Directed by

    Guillermo del Toro

  • Running time

    119 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are stabbed, slapped, head-smashed, grabbed, pushed over a high railing, hand/arm-slammed, sliced/slashed with a knife, hit with an object, accidentally burned, poisoned, throat-grabbed, pulled to the ground. A dog's neck is broken (off-screen). Ants eat dying butterflies. Objects slammed, smashed. A newspaper headline mentions mother murdered in front of children. Abandoned dog left to die, father breaking mother's leg, being locked away/hanged, beatings by mother mentioned. Reference to mental institution. Shouting, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: (Heavy). Corpses (severe injuries shown), coffin, bodies lying under sheets, ghostly skeletons/apparitions. Bloody faces, hands, tears, clothing, cuts/slashes, swirling water, objects. Spurting/pooling/oozing/spattered blood, stab wounds, sliced hand/fingers, coughing up blood, broken limb. Object removed from skin. Burned hand (steam/friction). Skeletal ghosts (including baby): some with muscles/organs/sinew/decay visible, some with evidence of how they died/suffered: knife in skull, bulging eyeballs, covered in red, missing finger, caved-in skull. Dead butterflies, rabbits, flies. Wound-dressing, bruise, pinned butterfly, surgeon's needle. Dying people eating each other, setting broken leg mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Incest, bigamy. A couple has bedroom sex. A woman is seen with her hand down a man's pants, oral sex implied. Kissing, caressing, undressing, flirting. Image of threesome (female-female-male seen). References to not having sex. Bare thighs, shoulders, knees, backs, bottom (male), cleavage. Hint of nipple seen through nightgown. Woman in bath.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Poisoining, sedation. Alcohol (wine, champagne). Port, prescription eye drops mentioned. Bottles of white powder seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, bloody, damn. Name-calling. Snide/belittling comments/remarks. Religous references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Family secrets, supernatural, ghosts, gothic stories, decrepit/haunted houses, latent images, siblings, Victorian treatment of women/children, horror, death, grief, hatred of one's mother, bigamy, incest, tragedy, writing/publishing, matricide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Mortuary, funeral settings. Deceased father, identifying deceased father, closed coffin, spying at keyholes. Dead mother (black cholera), dead/ex-wives, widowhood mentioned. Butterflies, moths, ants, buzzing flies, dog, horses, full moon. Ghosts, objects moving on their own, scratching/groaning sounds, ghostly images in photographs. Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Creepy, lush, decadent, rich, sensory, muscular, nostalgic, mad, bombastic, emotional, beautiful, sumptuous, grandiose, gorgeous, tragic, stylish, fun, entertaining, indulgent. Talented ensemble, strong/lively/transfixing performances, effective/unsettling scares, gruesomely violent, insane costumes, riveting/ace/superbly executed set pieces, impeccable production design, immersive attention-to-detail, unabashed/symphonic score, absorbing/enveloping world, beautiful/elegantly designed ghosts, a loving homage, plays like a period film.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, linear. Some miscasting, conventional plotting, not very scary.

The Martian

Published in T
Monday, 28 September 2015 04:11
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  • Rating

    M: Survival themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Watney turns the beat around.

  • Starring

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover

  • Directed by

    Ridley Scott

  • Running time

    141 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are hit with objects, thrown through the air, burned. Explosions, bomb blast. Yelling/punching ceiling. Blood/gore: Objects protruding/removed from skin. Wound-treating/stapling. Bloody wound, bleeding, bloody chins/objects. Bruising, malnutrition, singed hair. Human waste. Starving to death, imploding, dying, broken ribs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude male (rear view), shirtless male.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Vicodin, spirits consumed. Rocket fuel (alcohol) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-word. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. A religious object (crucifix) is carved up.

  • THEMES

    Space travel, survival, hope, Mars, communication, science, NASA, astrodynamics, launches, loneliness, botany, hard labour, invention, disco, telemetry, media, press conferences.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral setting. resignation/job loss mentioned. Helicopters, plane, lightning, thunder. Gagging/retching. Briefly sped-up vision/fast editing. Brief Mandarin language (subtitles). Vision under end credits. Based on the book by Andy Weir.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sincere, sharp, confident, relaxed, sure-footed, complex, difficult, tense, enthralling, realistic, exhilarating, effective, cheery, upbeat, enjoyable, simple, direct, undeviating, brainy, crowd-pleasing. Excellent ensemble cast, smart/funny/witty/energetic screenplay, rich/absorbing/spectacular visuals, crisp/beautiful 3D, sleek/elegant/real-world production design, manageable/comprehensible details, celebrates intelligence/science.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lengthy. Underused supporting cast, generic score, doesn't always connect emotionally, scene where people gather around the world to watch Watney's outcome feels forced.

A Most Violent Year

Published in A
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:43
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Standard film oil.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety

  • Directed by

    J.C. Chandor

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (suicide), shot at, punched, hit with objects, carjacked, punched, pursued, slapped, tackled. An animal is hit by a car/shot. Smashed glass/windscreen, car accident, vehicle rollover. A child plays with a loaded gun. An object is pressed into a man's eye socket. Yelling, arguing. Shot police, murders, rapes, corruption, schoolyard shooting, killing wife, stabbing deaths, misconduct, fraud, tax evasion mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, human). Dead/dying animal. Bloody cuts/feet/face/grazes. Blood splatter/spatter, pooling blood, blood on objects. Bandage, crutches. Bruising. Hospital setting. Broken jaw mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together. Kissing. Cleavage, nightwear, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words. Derogatory term for women. Slang for female genitalia. Religoius references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Business, investment, real estate, New York City, family, victims of crime, suicide, vulnerability, police investigation, money, contracts, compromise, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Jailed father mentioned. Hospital setting. Job termination. Dog. Spitting. Brief Spanish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive, slow-burning, rewarding, thrilling, surprising, peculiar, powerful, experience-oriented, stylised, tough-minded, bracing, brunt, compelling, tense, engrossing, timeless, tough, gritty, atmospheric, solid, grown-up, seductive, rigorous, resourceful, smart, neck-prickling, nuanced, sombre. Stunning performances, detailed character work, great screenplay, impeccable pace, dramatically/artistically appealing backdrop, impressive/considered/emotional cinematography, terrific chase sequences, perfect costuming, subtle period craftmanship, fantastic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Solemn, talky, deliberate, abstract, hollow. Melodramatic/too-neat conclusion.

Interstellar

Published in I
Saturday, 08 November 2014 10:45
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Rage against the dying of the light.

  • Starring

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow

  • Directed by

    Christopher Nolan

  • Running time

    169 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are tackled, electrocuted, hit with objects, near-frozen, punched, headbutted. Explosions, broken glass, burning crop (arson). Dangerous driving, object thrown. Airship crashes, dropping bombs, starving people, suffocation, schoolyard brawling, killing yourself mentioned. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Patients in hospital beds, nasal tubes. Floating corpse.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Dramamine consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Space exploration, relativity, gravity, quantum mechanics, time, father-daughter relationships, corn farming, baseball, binary code,legacy, sacrifice, hopelessness, survival, humanity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife, dead father/grandfather, dead child mentioned. Dust storm, giant waves. Poltergeists mentioned. High camera aerials. Bright strobe lights.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exhilarating, imaginative, visionary, stirring, formidable, cerebral, handcrafted, personal, thrilling, well-staged, spectacular, overwhelming, immersive, time-bending, long, grand, strange, demanding, bold, beautiful, surreal, dreamlike, sharp, tense, moving, hypnotic, challenging, provocative, gorgeous. Laconic/effortless/self-assured performance from McConaughey, majestic celestial landscape, extraordinary mid-film emotional climax, complex character motivations, visually/conceptually audacious, emotionally accessible, wonderful sound design, imaginative/inventive score, narrative twists/reversals, jaw-dropping cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Thudding, prosaic, strident, overbearing. Familiar plot, bombastic score, some weak writing, convenient sentimentality, ruptured script, unnecessarily tide resolutions, gaping plot holes.

Lawless

Published in L
Monday, 03 June 2013 06:18
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    Top-shelf distillation of Matt Bondurant's viscous novel.

  • Starring

    Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Gary Oldman, Noah Taylor, Tim Tolin, Lew Temple, Marcus Hester, Bill Camp

  • Directed by

    John Hillcoat

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    An animal is shot (off-camera). Many people are shot at close and mid-ranges with handguns, machine guns, submachine guns and rifles. People are stabbed, punched, kicked, beaten, gang-raped (implied), hit with knuckle-dusters, butt-whipped, threatened, wrestled, thrown down stairs, dragged unconscious, pushed into an open grave, hit with objects, castrated, tarred & feathered, slapped, involved in shootouts. A man's throat is cut (in close-up), a man's neck is snapped. A man punches a law enforcement officer, forces gasoline hose into his mouth. Vehicles are shot at, crashed, sabotaged. Kids play and pose with machine guns. Smashed glass. Boot catches fire, building explodes. A battalion drowned at sea, Spanish Flu deaths mentioned. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Bullet-ridden corpses. Lots of blood on faces, bodies, clothing, objects, spilled on ground. Spitting blood. Bruising, grazes, scratches, burst blood vessel in eye, bandage, stitches. A corpse in a coffin is fed beer and a cigarette at a funeral. Severed testicles.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman climbs atop a man beneath the sheets. A woman is gang-raped (implied). A man drunkenly fondles a woman. Burlesque dancing mentioned. Kissing. Nudity: Two fully nude women (some nudity obscured). Lingerie. Topless woman.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (moonshine, spirits, beer), drunken behaviour. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes), chewing tobacco.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, slang for genitalia. Name-calling, insults. Cultural, ethnic, racial and gender stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Family history, bootlegging, prohibition, moonshine, corruption, gangsters, mobsters, 1920s Virgina, racial segregation, outlaws, brothers, justice, revenge, murder, invincibility.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, hospital, burial and funeral settings, rickets. Horses, chickens, birds, fawn. Spitting, feet-washing, campfire, taxidermy (fowl), dust storm, welding sparks. Cooking steak.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Explosive action and gun sequences. Impressive performances, taut script, potent atmosphere, steady pace, handsome visuals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exceptional talents are underused. Slightly overlong. Generic, unimaginative.

Mama

Published in M
Friday, 08 March 2013 00:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Horror themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A helicopter parent becomes supernaturally possessive.

  • Starring

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat

  • Directed by

    Andrés Muschietti

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicides, murders, workplace shooting, spousal murder mentioned. A gunshot is heard. A nuns is stabbed with a knitting needle (flashback). Necks are broken. A man holds a gun to his head. A gun is pointed at a child. People are attacked/grabbed from behind. A man falls down a stairwell. A woman jumps off a cliff with a baby and a child. Ghostly moans and groans, screeches, screams, shouting. Hitting, slapping. Dangerous driving, uncontrolled skidding, crash. Kidnapping. A child is physically restrained. Doors slam. Blood/gore: Bloody scratches on face, drops of blood on ground and clothing, bloody hands and arms, bloody baby, bleeding walls, bloody nose, blood on head. Boxes of human remains. Decaying corpses. Bruises. Biting. Breath/life-sucking. A dead brother appears in a dream.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple are seen kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). An empty vial is seen (consumption of pills is implied).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Horror, suspense, supernatural, levitation, possession, kidnapping, fostering, abandonment, resolution, missing persons, murder, therianthropy, transmigration, custody, good/bad parenting, feral children, abuse, neglect, abnormal mental and physical development, repression, hypnosis, dissociative identity disorder, resurrection, dream visitation, haunting, ghosts, bonding, trust.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Extreme wintry setting. Isolated woodland setting. Courtroom setting. Mental asylum setting (flashback). Hospital setting. A man is seen in a coma. A man convulses. Moths. Rats. Dogs. Beetle. Shadowy figures, ghostly flashbacks. Frightening noises. A pregnancy test shows a negative result. A man urinates in the woods.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fantastic performances from Jessica Chastain and the creepy children. Good make-up and special effects. Fantastic use of light, dark and shadow. Slick and elegant. Genuinely spine-chilling in parts.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic. Not the most outstanding script. Creepy but not all that scary. PG-13 (USA) rating is highly questionable.

Zero Dark Thirty

Published in Z
Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:01
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

     

    Chronicles the series of post-911 events leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden by the CIA.

     

  • Starring

    Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Reda Kateb, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton

  • Directed by

    Kathryn Bigelow

  • Running time

    157 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Detainees are interrogated using torture methods, including dog collar, ropes, chains, hoods, handcuffs, waterboarding, suffocation, starvation, force-feeding, deprivation of liberty, heavy-metal music, cramped confinement, cages, harassment, truth manipulation, isolation, sleep deprivation, bribery, yelling, threats, hitting. Terrorist attacks occur in public places by suicide bombers, explosive devices and close-range gunmen using hanguns, machine guns, submachine guns, rifles and snipers. Pictures of vehicle carnage and building rubble are shown. A helicopter crashes. Terrorist plots and incidences are discussed. Audio (phone calls and radio communication) from 911 victims are heard. Characters argue in frustration and anger. Blood/gore: Blood is seen on victims during interrogations and shootings, pooled on the ground/staircases after attacks and splattered on walls. Death/injuries are discussed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A detainee is stripped half-naked. Skimpily dressed women dance in a nightclub.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking, alcohol (wine, beer), cocktails.

  • LANGUAGE

    Frequent f-words, s-words, religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    International terrorism, suicide bombing, martyrdom, revenge, justice, suspense, terror, anti-Americanism, torture.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Well cast with good performances. Location and set design are excellent. The film is careful to avoid being anti-Islamic or pro-American gun-ho.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    International terrorism is not pretty. The film doesn't explain its premise so if you don't know what happened on 11 September 2001 or who Osama bin Laden is then Zero Dark Thirty will make little sense.