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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.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

Published in D
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:50
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A cinematic film.

  • Starring

    David Stratton, Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Michael Caton, Jack Thompson

  • Directed by

    Sally Aitken

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Film excerpts). People are hanged, shot, slashed, sliced, punched, hit by vehicles, wrestled, hit with objects, run off the road, terrorised by bikers/skinheads, racially abused, beaten, slapped, kicked, grabbed, slammed up against wall. A couple jump off a cliff (murder/suicide). Animals are taunted. A kangaroo is hit by a car. Armed soldiers. Explosions. Burning vehicle, burning bush (arson), burning crops. Vehicle pursuits, car rammed, car crash, motorbike crashes. Objects thrown, shot. Images of Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, swastikas. Screaming. Blood/gore: Hanged/hanging man. Very bloody heads, faces, hands, knuckles, clothing, cuts, objects. Weapons protruding from heads/bodies. Exploding bodies, blood/gore spatter. Dead kangaroo. People in wheelchairs/on crutches.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (Film excerpts.) Implied sex (aggressive), kissing (m-m/m-f), full male and female nudity, shirtless men, drag queens, cleavage, people in swimwear/dancewear. Martial affair mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, tying belt around arm). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, pipe). Intoxication, petrol-sniffing. Smoking pot mentioned. Pub, nightclub settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, p*ss. Name-calling (terrible, mental, pervert, monkeys, ignorant, stupid, bastards, pompous windbag, b*tch, bozos, etc). Religious references exclamations (oh my god, goddamn, prayer, bible, etc).

  • THEMES

    David Stratton, film criticism, Australian cinema, censorship, screen heroes, Picturegoer magazine, brothers, approval, collections, representation of Indigenous people.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    (Mostly film excerpts). Contains images and voices of Aboriginal persons who may be deceased. Dead wife and baby (murdered), dead baby (animal attack). Church, wedding, pub, nightclub, war settings. Marriage proposal. Helicopters. Horses, cattle, waterbirds, camels, kangaroo, ants, donkey, goats, dogs, crocodile, greyhounds. Steak, chicken, oysters eaten. Animal skins seen. Spitting. Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Poignant, moving.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little disjointed/overstuffed. Focuses more on the history of Australian cinema than David Stratton himself.

The Nice Guys

Published in T
Saturday, 18 June 2016 09:47
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence, sex, nudity and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Nice guys...and stuff.

  • Starring

    Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Yaya DaCosta, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Lois Smith, Murielle Telio, Gil Gerard, Daisy Tahan, Kim Basinger

  • Directed by

    Shane Black

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, choked, wrestled, grabbed, thrown, kicked, smacked, threatened, held at gunpoint, butt-whipped, sprayed with dye, arm-broken, drink-spiked, bitten, pushed, head-smashed, near-drowned, pursued, kneed, hit by a car, thrown out of/through a window/over ledges, tackled, beaten, throat-grabbed, stepped on. Explosions.  Filicide. Car crashes, reckless driving, burning vehicles. A man throws a fish at a wall, a bee is squished, a man falls down an embankment, a gunman enters a diner; people hit their heads/trip over/fall to their deaths. Break-and-enter, smashed glass, burned-out house, stolen vehicle. Objects shot, thrown. Screaming. Messing with underage daughter, breaking your fingers, throw acid in her face, beating up friend, Hitler, killer bees, fascist mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, body disposal. A body splats on the ground after falling from a high ledge. Bloody faces, heads, hands, wrist, clothing, ground, grazes, wounds, stomach. A man nicks himself shaving, accidentally slashes hand/wrist. People play dead. Bandage, oxygen mask, gas masks. Fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Pornographic movie (couple having sex seen). A scene takes place in a sex shop (toys/products/posters of near-nude women seen in background). Kissing (f-f). Fully nude female, exposed breasts, cleavage, man in underwear, male bum. Swimwear, skimpy clothing, lingerie. Man in bath (clothed). A youth reads a pornographic magazine (fully nude female seen), a child watches pornography. Prostitutes, strippers, exotic dancers seen. Infidelity (sleeping with father-in-law), adult films, anal sex, rim job, incest, eunuch mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (smoking marijuana). Alcohol (spirits, beer, cocktails, hip flask). Bar settings. Smoking (cigarettes, cigar). Money for pot, smoking reefer mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, sex. Religious references and exclamations. Derogatory terms for women and disabled people.

  • THEMES

    Private investigators, 1970s Los Angeles, buddies, conspiracy, porn stars, unlikely partners, single parents, father-daughter relationships, incompetence, bitterness, hippies, protest, filicide, murder, heavy drinking, catalytic car converters.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead niece. Dead wife, missing husband, dead boyfriend, burned down home, missing daughter mentioned. Dog, tank fish, horse, giant bee, birds, bee. Toilet, spitting. Animal rugs. Brief German (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Eccentric, funny, dazzling, non-stop, hilarious, committed, playful, perfect, laid-back, ultra-violent, crackerjack, clever, surprising, atmospheric, cynical, enjoyable, wacky, side-clutching, delirious, energetic, silly, reckless, smart. Top-notch performances, scene-stealing performances by Angourie Rice, game cast, pitch-perfect/dynamite comic timing, cracking/witty/snappy dialogue, endearing/shaggy dog story, juicy/groovy soundtrack, ominous score, bravura/dynamic/sizzling opening sequence, gorgeously grandiose finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Meandering, repetitious. Uninspired/confoluted plotting, some blunt narrative devices/flat jokes/tired shootouts/unconvincing material/historical inaccuracies.

Noah

Published in N
Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:03
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A bit wet.

  • Starring

    Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte (voice), Mark Margolis (voice), Frank Langella (voice)

  • Directed by

    Darren Aronofsky

  • Running time

    138 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, axed, slashed, stabbed, kicked, speared, crushed, hit with objects, pursued, dragged, burned, hair-pulled, trampled, snared, wrestled. Animals are speared, torn apart, hacked, butchered, thrown, throat-slit. Burning village, explosions. Screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses, piles of bodies, human skulls, skeletons. Wounded animals, animal carcasses, animal corpses, animal entrails. Bloody legs, open wounds, bloody gashes, bloody cuts, bloody feet, dripping blood, blood splatter, missing eye. Wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Naked man (rear/side view seen from distance). A teen couple (brother and adopted sister) have implied sex. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Animals are hypnotised with incense smoke. Alcohol (wine), intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Family, father-son relationships, adoption, justice, judgement, Noah's Ark, the Bible, Cain and Abel, fratricide, Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, hypnosis, weapons forging, desperation, survival, wickedness, punishment, creationism, miracles, evolution, humanity, betrayal, childbirth, forgiveness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Murdered family. Childbirth scene. Earthquakes, flood, lightning, waterfall, rainbow. Snakes, snakeskin, doves, wild dog, flocks of birds, frogs, lizards, apes, deer, bears, elephants, butterflies. Lots of animals/creatures (at least two of every kind, in fact): birds, insects, amphibians, mammals, reptiles). Rock creatures, angels. Spitting, visions, hallucinations. Fast-moving stop-motion cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Bold, environmentalist, revisionist, naturalistic, fantastical, inventive, ambitious, brutal, beautiful, intense, wondrous, potent, fascinating, dazzling, blockbuster, personal, rousing, mad, thoughtful, well-intended. Arresting film-making, visually extravagant, muscular cinematography, dramatic score, good rapport between Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, spectacular ark, elaborate special effects, modern interpretation, intense performance from Crowe, poetic dream sequences.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, murky, ill-conceived, messy, dull, melodramatic, unsurprising, monotonous, stagey, dumb, ludicrous, long, lacking. Hackneyed villain, drab colours, bulk of cast have little to do, you know how it ends.

Winter's Tale (A New York Winter's Tale)

Published in W
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 05:44
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  • Rating

    M: Violence and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    A timeless romance.

  • Starring

    Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Crane, Brian Hutchison, Kevin Corrigan, Alan Doyle, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, McKayla Twiggs, Eva Marie Saint, Will Smith

  • Directed by

    Akiva Goldsman

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pursued (gang), thrown, punched, kicked, stabbed, throat-slit, grabbed, killed, threatened, shot, knocked down, headbutted, thrown from a bridge, near-choked. People/vehicles fall beneath icy river. Fighting with pikes, swords, bolas. Smashed glass, break-and-enter, stealing, bribery. Killing, arson (church) discussed. Blood/gore: Corpses. Scars, deformities. Bloody cuts.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has sex beneath the sheets. Kissing, flirting, undressing, hand-holding. Full female nudity (silhouetted) and side nudity. Man in towel, naked (assumed) female in bed, man in underwear, woman in sheer nightwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Drinking wine mentioned. Hallucinating. An elixir is consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, sonofab*tch. Taunting. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Reincarnation, death, magic, angels, consumption, visions, the supernatural, miracles, the afterlife, rules, debts, longevity, mortality, stealing, amnesia, cancer, good and evil, burglary, time travel.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Baby set adrift, child with cancer, medical examination, orphan. Cemetery setting. Murdered grandfather, death, seizures mentioned. Horse, demon, Lucifer, angels. Fur worn. Also known as A New York Winter's Tale. Based on the novel by Mark Helprin.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Heartwarming, magical. Picturesque cinematography, solid production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)

Red Obsession

Published in R
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Complex layering with a fruity undertone.

  • Starring

    Russell Crowe (narrator), Francis Ford Coppola, Oz Clarke, Christian Moueix, Yue-Sai Kan, Peter Tseng, Richard Shen, Sir Michael Parkinson, Robert Parker Jr, Jancis Robinson, Paul Pontallier, Thomas Duroux, Corrine Mentzelopoulos, Frédéric Engerer, Andrew Caillard, Michel Bettane, Jean-Guillaume Prats, Gary Boom, Chris Myers, Gil Lempert-Schwarz, Rupert Hoogewerf, Thibault Pontallier, Alastair Campbell, George Tong, Simon Staples, Charles Chevalier

  • Directed by

    David Roach, Warwick Ross

  • Running time

    76 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Movie footage of table knocked over, gun fired (theatrical). Poster of restrained man. Mao Zedong, cultural oppression, Cultural Revolution, persecution, sanctions, French Revolution mentioned. Counterfeiting mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Production and manufacturing of sex toys discussed. Many sex toys seen. Sensual response to wine mentioned. Skimpy clothing/formal wear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, wine barrels). Frequent discussion of wine industry, wine tasting, drinking and production. Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, pipe). Drug trade mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Religious reference and exclamation. Cultural stereotypes. Numerology discussed.

  • THEMES

    Wine, wine making, Bordeaux region (France), vines, grapes, Grand Cru, En Primeur, vintages, chateaux, estates, imports, luxury brands, power, passion, greed, hype, vanity, lust, money, business, instinct, love, global economy, auctions, China, dragon market, reputation, history, identity, criticism, scoring, investment, counterfeiting.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dogs, horses, cat, camels, fireworks, sparks. Spitting. Sweeping aerial cinematography. Brief Italian language (no subtitles). Brief Chinese language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intoxicating, fascinating, engaging, thrilling, entertaining, riveting, profound, smart, stylish, insightful. Stunning cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven. A little repetitive, information slightly outdated, some condescending cultural references, limited demographic appeal.

Man of Steel

Published in M
Saturday, 15 June 2013 02:17
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  • Rating

    M: Science fiction violence.

  • The pitch

    Super, man.

  • Starring

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Dylan Sprayberry, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer, Cooper Timberline

  • Directed by

    Christopher Nolan

  • Running time

    143 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/aliens are shot with laser guns, shot at, stabbed, punched, kicked, grabbed, head-butted, disintegrated, knocked over, frozen, burned, trapped, near-drowned, hit with objects, catapulted through the air, body-slammed, beaten, wrestled, pursued, pinned, sucked out of aircraft, restrained, held at gunpoint, tormented with deafening tone. Air raid, exploding aircraft, missiles, many buildings/skyscrapers collapse, objects thrown through the air, extensive destruction and debris, stealing, famous city under attack. Explosions, armed military, tanks, guns (handguns, futuristic lasers, machine guns, grenade-launchers, rifles), smashed glass. An animal is fatally wounded. Vehicle crashes over bridge, fills with water. Broken necks. People free-fall, are fatally thrown from great heights. Metallic vines with sharp pincers snap at/restrain a man. A woman is trapped beneath rubble. Helicopters, planes, spacecraft crash and burn; objects, spacecraft burn upon re-entry. Attempted coup, planet destroyed. Destruction of humankind discussed. Arguing, shouting, screaming. Stealing, heresy, genocide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (fresh and decayed), burned skull, skeleton images, decayed flesh, hundreds of skulls, scarred face. Bloody scratches and cuts, bloody wounds, bloody clothing. View of human anatomy, skeletal system, muscles and nervous system operating beneath flesh. Glowing red eyes. Blood extraction (needle pierces skin, blood seen, vomiting blood. Burning man. A wound is cauterised.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bum-grabbing. Kissing. Naked baby. Shirtless man. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Tranquilising agent mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, d*ck. Name-calling, teasing, bullying. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Superman, superpowers, hope, destiny, science fiction, alien invasion, UFOs, the apocalypse, insurgency, heroism, weakness, X-ray vision, flying, photo-journalism, undercover identity, foster care, estrangement, natural disaster, morality, humanity, mass destruction, genocide, terraforming, genetic engineering.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Parents/father killed, newborn sent away, dead father seen in flashback. Cemetery, other-world, outer space, church settings. Childbirth scene; foetal sacs. Flying creatures, alien animals, marine insects, dead fish, whales, flocks of birds (seagulls), polar bear, giraffe, elephants, dogs, butterfly. Fishing, trawling. Plane and helicopter crashes, tornado, lightning, thunder, power blackout, dust storm, spitting, vomiting. Urination, cancer, alien pathogen, ghosts mentioned. Sky-high, tropospheric and stratospheric cinematography; blurred and jerky camera movements, swooping aerials. Bright laser lights and light flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Good action, diverse cast, fairly believable performances overall, ambitious, has heart, spectacular CGI, beautifully shot, multidimensional.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Mindless action, manipulative rhetoric, over-the-top finale, overuse of flashback, long running time. Cheesy dialogue. Some weakness in casting and performances. Feels like a visual eye-bashing.

Broken City

Published in B
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:00
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Seedy New York City political thriller that doesn't always glue.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler

  • Directed by

    Allen Hughes

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Many people are shot, threatened at gunpoint, beaten (with objects, fists and kicks), chased or involved in brawling. Murder is committed and discussed. A man's head is held under water during an interrogation interview. Dangerous driving and vehicle collisions. A homicide/rape incident is discussed. Guns are seen (handguns, hunting rifle). A drunk man picks fights, smashes a bottle. Glass (bottle, drinking glass, car window, door) gets broken or smashed. Raised voices, yelling. A masked man is seen. Blood/gore: Several corpses are seen with bullet wounds showing cause of death. A corpse is seen in a body-bag. Blood is on the victims, clothing and the ground. A woman dresses a bloody wound. A man extracts a shard of broken glass from his forehead.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple in a movie have sex on a kitchen bench. Passionate kissing. Extramarital affairs. Homosexuality is mentioned. Nudity: Half-naked women are seen. A woman is seen topless through a window. Oral sex is implied.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, champagne, cocktails). Excessive drinking and drunken behaviour. Smoking (a cigarette). "Doing lines" is mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss, sonofab*tch, sexual references and slang words for genitalia. Derogatory insults and name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Politics, insider dealing, voyeurism, private detecting, spying, adultery, larceny, falling off the wagon, execution, corruption, interrogation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Very brief hospital setting (a child is seen in a hospital bed). Shaving (male face) scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Terrific cast. Fantastic soundtrack pumps life and tension into the movie like a pulsing heartbeat. Good fun if you don't take it too seriously.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Convoluted storyline becomes confusing to follow. The meat of the story is good, but it is undercooked. Consistently entertaining but not particularly original. Cliched.

Les Misérables

Published in L
Sunday, 17 February 2013 04:52
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Exquisite adaptation of the theatrical adaption of Victor Hugo's epic novel.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Isabelle Allen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Directed by

    Tom Hooper

  • Running time

    158 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman's teeth are pulled out as punishment. A man is crushed beneath a cart. Battle sequences feature heavy gunfire, fist-fighting, swords and bayonet attacks with multiple fatalities and injuries to men, women and a child. Shots are fired at close, mid- and long-range distances. A man kills himself by jumping off a bridge; his dead body is seen on the ground below before being washed away. Suicide by explosion is threatened. Multiple beatings with sticks, stones and fists. Multiple dead bodies including a wrapped baby (death is implied). Scars, bandages, missing limbs. Thieving, lying, blackmail. Yelling, pleading, arguing, cries for mercy. Death and starvation are frequently discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody gunshot wounds, bloody clothing, dead bodies, dead and mutilated animals, blood flowing on ground, gushing wounds, bruising and swelling.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Prostitution. A stranger has sex with an unwilling prostitute. Kissing and touching. Promiscuity. Nudity: Prostitutes wear revealing clothing. The lower part of a man's bum-cheeks are seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne). Smoking (pipes).

  • THEMES

    Death, starvation, impoverishment, imprisonment, injustice, revenge, capture, fortitude, abandonment, single-parenting, protection, custody, hope, dreams, desperation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Spitting. Urinating. Vomit is seen. Animals are killed or mutilated then turned into ground meat. Filthy city streets. Impoverished people are filthy and hungry. Feverish hallucination.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Performances are a-may-zing, especially from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are a riot. Direction is visceral and well executed. The camera assumes the role of the theatrical spotlight by using tight framing during gut-wrenching solos shot (usually) in one take. Hooper manages to bring the stage to the screen with an incredible intuition.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Fans of the stage musical will love this; fans of the novel will likely be left out in the cold. The thrilling musical score sounds outdated on the big screen. If you don't already know who Prisoner 24601 is then you probably won't enjoy this introduction. Russell Crowe's performance is self-conscious.