Displaying items by tag: war Friday, 05 June 2020

Dunkirk (2017)

Published in D
Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:26
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Keep calm and Christopher Nolan.

  • Starring

    Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Jack Lowden, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles

  • Directed by

    Christopher Nolan

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Possible suicide attempt (man walks into open water). People are bombed, shot/shot at, blasted through the air, thrown from jetty/decks, drowned/near-drowned, pushed down stairs, locked in a room, shell-shocked, shirt-grabbed, burned, captured. Bombings/explosions/fireballs, air raids, mid-air battles, sea battles, sinking ships, downed aircaft, strafing, torpedo hits ship. Burning objects/towns/ships/water. A soldier's legs are crushed between a ship and a dinghy, a soldier almost gets crushed between a ship and a jetty. Men covered in oil. Wreckage of aircraft/ships/boats. Cup knocked out of hands. Yelling, arguing, screaming, PTSD. Slaughter mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (being buried/under blankets/floating). Injured being carried on stretchers. Bloody bandages/heads/fingers/hand/gashes/clothing. Wound-dressing. A mortally injured teen boy says that he can no longer see.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man lowers his pants/trousers (defecation implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (ashtray filled with cigarette butts).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, p*ss off. Name-calling (coward, old fool, Jerry, daft, frog, cowardly, spy, tosser, sod, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Christ, For God's sake, God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Dunkirk, World War II, rescue, survival, troops, evacuation, allies, civilians, heroes, British history.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends. Dead brother/son mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Breathless, stunning, harrowing, immersive, thrilling, pulse-pounding, brisk, visceral, spectacular, bruising, monumental, unnerving, raw, unsentimental, rousing, suspenseful, superb, powerful, high-stakes, colossal, distinctive, confident, miraculous, towering, unrelenting, inspirational, big-budget, spare, tense, astonishing, transfixing, unconventional, sensational, intense, grandiose, breathtaking, overwhelming, compelling, gripping, electrifying. Some strong/brilliant acting, realistic/awe-inspiring/spectacular air-to-air combat, haunted/startling/palpable prologue, long stretches of no dialogue/no names/near-silence, bombastic/eerie/groaning/propulsive score, fluid/concise/pointed editing; a masterpiece.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Score can be a bit pushy at times, some corny moments, gimmicky structure.

Allied (2016)

Published in A
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex, coarse language, nudity and drug use.

  • The pitch

    Resistance is futile.

  • Starring

    Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Vincent Ebrahim, Xavier De Guillebon, Camille Cottin, Vincent Latorre, August Diehl

  • Directed by

    Robert Zemeckis

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (gunshot). People are shot, choked to death (staged to look like a suicide), killed in aircraft accidents/by hand grenade, threatened at gunpoint, grabbed around throat/face. Air raid sirens/air battles/anti-aircraft fire/planes shot down. Explosions, burning car/plane/truck. Mass panic. Target practice, bombs being loaded onto planes, break-and-enter. Chair kicked over. Threat of execution/hanging. Burning down a barn mentioned. Plane wreckage, bombed buildings. Military vehicles, personnel, weapons, aircraft, gas masks, Nazi officers/symbols. Blood/gore: Torn/bloodied bodies seen after explosion. Blood spatter on walls/floors from gunshots. Head wound. Bloody baby (birth). Pin inserted in arm to draw blood/blood donation. People walking over broken glass. Bandages, eye patch, people in wheelchair, scars, missing limb. Person with scarred face and semi-caved in skull (right eye shot out, left retina detached, blindness - "my own son screamed when he saw me").

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes, implied oral sex. Kissing (m-f/f-f), hugging, flirting, groping. Undressed people fall out of a cupboard at a party, rhythmic thumping heard through floorboards. Discussion of sex lives. Exposed breasts, nude back/sideboob, shirtless man. Women in nightgowns, underwear. Man running hand up woman's thigh. Mistress mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting cocaine). Alcohol (champagne, wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, beer), intoxication. Smoking. Gambling (reference to poker, high card draw). Pilots taking amphetamines and barbituates to stay awake mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, bloody. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Romance, espionage, World War II, 1940s Africa, French Resistance, relationships, war, missions, marriage, deception, identity, childbirth, trust, betrayal, paranoia, innocence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A woman gives birth during an air raid. Wedding, pub settings. Planes. Vomiting. Some subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Old-fashioned, romantic, thrilling, glamorous, moving, well-told, engaging. Vivid/involving/beautiful performances, palpable/crackling chemistry between leads, marvellous cameo by Simon McBurney, ravishing visuals, gorgeous costumes, superb screenplay, historically convincing sets, memorable opening scene, deliberate/quiet direction.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Claustrophobic, plodding, pedestrian, undemanding, uneven, lackluster, workmanlike, slow-paced, laborious, dreary, inert. Familiar plot developments, inconsistent tone, thin love story, creaky suspense, underwhelming finale, bloated running time.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Published in B
Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:03
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It's not some story; it's our lives.

  • Starring

    Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Joe Alwyn, Arturo Castro, Mason Lee, Astro, Beau Knapp, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Barney Harris

  • Directed by

    Ang Lee

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are stabbed, shot (off-camera), shot at, handcuffed, hooded, prodded with a gun, headlocked (till he passes out), grabbed, wrestled, pushed over, beaten, dragged, tackled, throat-grabbed. A family is terrorised by soldiers. A man describes what kinds of injuries certain firearms inflict. People slam their hands on a table, steering wheel, car bonnet. Story told of crashing car then chasing sister's fiance with a tyre iron. Men joke that they enjoy killing people. Doors kicked in. Fireworks and pyrotechnics trigger war flashbacks. A woman says "If anything happens to you I'll kill myself". A man says he's rather cut off his little finger than lose. Blown up by IED, sister in car accident, WMDs, trying to take hostages mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody leg, clothing, hands, spatter; pooling blood, pink mist. Twice the camera focuses on the eyes of people as they die. Funeral. Man in wheelchair. Hanging sides of meat being carved. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple have bedroom sex (brief/flashforward). Shirtless men, men in towels (locker room setting), skimpy dancewear (cheerleaders), cleavage, midriffs. An advertisement plays on a jumbotron screen for erectile dysfunction. Men make masturbating gestures. A man makes derogatory comments about homosexuals. Strippers, prostitute, lap dance, still a virgin, conceived in a truck, 72 virgins, getting/got laid, suck my d*ck, steroids, guys blowing each other mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (people share a joint, a man consumes Advil). Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, cocktails, champagne). Smoking. Getting wasted mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ssed. Name-calling (motherf*ckers, a-holes, douchebag, delinquent punk, sh*tbag, p*ssy-boy, idiot, broke-d*cks, d*ckwad, arrogant pr*ck, a-wipes, d*ckheads, clowns, etc). Religious references and exclamations (grace of God, shut the hell up, for God's sakes, hell yeah, Jesus Christ, oh God, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES

    Iraq War, US servicemen, reality v perception, Thanksgiving, football, PTSD, death of a friend, grief, desensitization, media, marketing, PR, patriotism, demi-celebrity, victory tours, heroism, loyalty, sacrifice, ignorance, Dallas Cowboys, brother-sister relationships, half-time entertainment, triggers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead soldier/friend. Cemetery, funeral, Iraq war settings. Engagement breakup mentioned. Fireworks, pyrotechnics, spitting. Donkey, dog. Sides of meat being carved/cooked. Pig on the spit. Plates of roast chicken/turkey etc. Meat eaten. Taxidermy buffalo head on wall. Some Arabic (some translation). Based on the novel by Ang Lee.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Original, heartfelt, engrossing, realistic, sharp-edged, tactile, gripping, potent, intimate, absorbing, ruminative, ambitious, somber, boisterous. Astonishing/granular/physical/unprecedented/extraordinary/groundbreaking/penetrating/remarkable/stunning/astonishing/crisp/smooth/cutting-edge 3D/4K visuals, strong cast, fine script, inspired/deft/brilliant performances, visceral combat action, rich flashbacks, stays mostly faithful to the novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, erratic, theatrical, curious, exhausting. Thankless female roles, cornball dialogue, fake southern accents, some cringe-worthy performances, awkward/half-hearted/trope-laden narrative, most audiences won't get to see the film at its high frame rate, the groundbreaking/technologically advanced visuals can be distracting/are mismatched with the storytelling, the film lacks the saitre/humour of the novel.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Published in H
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong battle violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch

    Quite a wall to climb.

  • Starring

    Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Matt Nable, Nathaniel Buzolic, Richard Roxburgh

  • Directed by

    Mel Gibson

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, bayoneted, set alight, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, dragged, near hit-by vehicles, found crushed beneath a car, slapped, teased, bullied, beaten, rammed against a wall, buried alive, throat-sliced (off-camera/sound heard), sabotaged, captured, beheaded, sacrificed (harakiri). Explosions. Siblings wrestle/fight/punch/kick; a boy hits his brother over the head with a brick. A woman is threatened by an alcoholic husband. A man holds his father at gunpoint. A father threatens to beat/whip his sons. A story is heard of two young men committing suicide because they were declined entry into the military. Newreel footage of Nazi soldiers/flags. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded, grabbed, punched. Very intense and grisly battle scenes. Military vehicles/training/ships/aircraft, grenades, satchel charges, bayonet attacks, mortars. Yelling, arguing, screaming, battle cries. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (many - fresh/decomposed/piled up). Bloody heads, hands, faces, hair, legs, clothing, ground, wounds, linen, cuts, scrapes; blood on headstone, spots of blood spray, spurting blood, blood extraction. Torsos cut in half, missing limbs, spilled guts, visible bone/flesh. Torsos/bodies used as shields. Needles injected into skin (one seen in close-up). People on stretchers, hospital beds. Bandages, tourniquets, bruising, bloodshot eyes, scarred (burned) face/arm, rope burns. Surgery, vials of blood/plasma. Knife protruding/removed from boot.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple kiss in their bedroom on their wedding night (sex implied - not seen). Nude man (genitals mostly obscured - full rear view seen), shirtless men, men in loincloth underwear, cleavage. Kissing, flirting. A man reads a 1940s girlie magazine. Married to first cousin, lover, mistress, concubine mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (morphine). Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, alcoholic husband/father. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, son-of-a-bitch. Name-calling. Slang words for genitals/bodily functions/women. Heavy religious references and exclamations (damn, what the hell, Satan, the Sabbath, good Christian, good Lord). Derogatory references/jokes about religion, women, American Indians, countryfolk.

  • THEMES

    Desmond Doss, conscientious objectors, army medics, faith, religion, Seventh Day Adventism, World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, court martial, stubbornness, pride, dating, imprisonment, morals, nightmares, rescue, heroes, brotherhood, mateship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemtery, church, courtroom, hospital, war settings. Alcoholic husband/father. Dead friends. Marriage proposal, engagement, woman stood up at altar, man tells how he was given up to an orphanage as a child. Rats, maggots. Waterfall. Toilet. Vomiting. Vision at end credits. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, riveting, maddening, gruesome, effective, bloody, brutal, powerful, visceral, devastating, potent, bombastic, crowd-pleasing, pounding. Extraordinary second half, lucid/clear/violent/long/gut-wrenching/blistering/relentless/delirious/kinetic/staggering/skillfully choreographed action, captivating/sincere/winning/inhabited/committed/likeable/believable performance by Andrew Garfield.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, cheesy, programmatic, safe, overdone. Conventional/corny/groan-worthy/clichéd first half, promotes pacifism by celebrating violence.

War Dogs (2016)

Published in W
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sexual references, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch

    All the money is made between the lines.

  • Starring

    Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Julian Sergi, Kevin Pollak, Daniel Berson, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

  • Directed by

    Todd Phillips

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against objects, kidnapped, arrested, hooded, threatened at gunpoint, grabbed. Bar fight. Archival footage of wars (World Wars I & II/Vietnam/Iraq), soldiers, military vehicles, explosions. Gunfire, warehouses of ammunition/arms. Objects thrown, smashed, shot, set alight, kicked. Stealing, lying. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody bullet wounds. Bloody noses. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he is with a prostitute. Nude man on table (rear view). Nude woman seen in background. Shirtless men, women in skimpy dancewear, cleavage, people in swimwear, woman in underwear. Flirting, kissing, crotch-adjusting. References to prostitution, ejaculation, masturbation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, smoking joints/bongs, drug deal). Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, beer). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (blackjack).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, n-word, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (OMG). Cultural stereotypes/jokes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, international arms dealing, Iraq War, fraud, smuggling, procurement, contract bidding, friends, big ideas, masseuses, parenting, pregnancy, wealth, greed, national security, duplicity, sleaze, hubris.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing husband (presumed dead) mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, casino, warzone, nightclub settings. Dogs, planes, helicopters. Urination, ultrasound. Cooking sausages. Based on a true story. Based on Guy Lawson's 2011 Rolling Stone article "The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders". Bright white flash.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Scruffy, nimble, gripping, terrific, funny, slick, fun, breezy, energetic, solid. Likably repulsive/nuanced/funny/sharp performance by Jonah Hill, unbelievable/implausible true story, tidy script, great soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Enervated, flat, unchallenging, airless, lazy. Lifeless performance by Miles Teller, poorly written script/dialogue, downbeat ending, rote storytelling, underdeveloped female character, over-reliance on narration/freeze-frames/title cards/"remember when" stories.

Land of Mine (Under sandet)

Published in L
Sunday, 03 July 2016 11:41
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Mine Got.

  • Starring

    Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Bro, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Oskar Bökelmann, Emil Belton, Oskar Belton, Leon Seidel, Karl Alexander Seidel

  • Directed by

    Martin Zandvliet

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (landmine). People are grabbed, pushed, punched (some repeatedly), slapped, headbutted, kicked, hit with objects, locked up, starved, threatened at gunpoint, degraded, made to walk through areas to clear landmines, tied down, gagged, exploded, urinated on. An animal is killed when a landmine detonates. Explosions, fireball, burnt wreckage. Soldiers with hanguns/rifles. Stealing. 2.2 million landmines mentioned. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Body in explosion - arms blown off/bleeding/visible blood, bone, sinew. Red mist. Animal corpse. Bloody nose, mouth, hand, hair, fur. Scars, scratches, bruising, bandaging. Field hospital, injections. Dying of wounds, eating rat poo mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Man holding penis while urinating on another person. Male bottom. Discussion of potential girlfriends.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Painkiller injected.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, p*ss, bastard. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (damn).

  • THEMES

    Landmines, post-WWII Denmark, POWs, starvation, mental breakdown, survival, empathy, revenge, friendship, brotherhood, loss, death, grief, hate, betrayal, risk, conflict, human atrocity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother. Field hospital setting. Dog, mouse. Urination, vomiting. German and Danish languages (subtitles). Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intense, brutal, harrowing, quesy, suspenseful, tense, stressful, affecting, nerve-wracking, difficult, important, humanist, powerful, stunning, gut-wrenching, heart-gripping, sorrowful, beautiful, outstanding, captivating, accomplished, graphic, white-knuckling. Superb/grand/lived-in/breathtaking/gripping performances, handsome production design, deliberate pacing, exceptional/stunning/wonderful cinematography, concise/punchy editing, spectacular direction, effective score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manipulative.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Published in W
Monday, 09 May 2016 21:01
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and brief injury detail.

  • The pitch

    WTF!

  • Starring

    Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Sheila Vand, Fahim Anwar, Josh Charles

  • Directed by

    Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

  • Running time

    112 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are blown up, shot at, kidnapped, punched, smacked down, held at gunpoint, blackmailed. A man is seen tied up and blindfolded. Explosions. Offscreen bomb blasts, gunfire heard. Damaged/burning buildings, debris seen. Vehicles exploded/burning, vehicle rollover. Military vehicles, personnel, aircraft, satellite imagery. Objects thrown, slammed, shot. Baby animals wait to be slaughtered. Killed in action, mortar, losing both feet in IED blast, Taliban, beating men, sabotage, fire-bombing, child's broken arm, truck kills six, Osama bin Laden, war on terror mentioned. Yelling, arguing, scream. Blood/gore: Charred corpse seen on ground with missing limb, protruding bone and covered in blood. Lots of blood on bround (animal slaughter). Slaughtered animal seen in background. Bloody bandages, clothing, face, nose, hand, scratches. Man with artificial limbs. Severed hand seen on ground. People in hospital beds, people on stretchers. Arm in sling, bruising, IV drips, nasal tube. Man lost an eye, legs blown off mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couples has bedroom sex (no nudity seen). A couple has sex on a couch during a party (bare back seen). A man watches porn on a laptop. An online video shows a man engaging in sex with a donkey (implied). Kissing, flirting, ogling, crotch-grabbing, undressing, hand-holding. Humping dogs, open condom wrappers, underwear seen. Nude bum (male). Shirtless men, people in underwear/nightwear/swimwear/exercise gear/lingerie, cleavage, skimpy clothing. References to sex, bestiality, oral sex, one-night stands, infidelity, orgasm. Brothel setting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (white powder on mirrors). Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, shots). Smoking (sheesha, cigarettes). Gambling (video of insects fighting). Intoxication. Do drugs, morphine, heroin, endorphins, dopamine, cocaine, amphetamine, addicted to high, greater dosage mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, fart. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory term for women. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger and hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    War reporting, journalism, network news, Afghanistan, career, mid-life crisis, culture, custom, home, hydration, scams, beggars, security, infidelity, women, rescue missions, sharia law, expats, normality, dogmatism, tradition, hypocrisy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakups. Wedding, brothel, party settings. Divorce mentioned. Dogs, goats, sheep, donkeys, caged bird, pigeons, chickens. Planes, helicopters, turbulence, full moon. Tuna eaten. Retching, spitting, urinating. Some Arabic and Chinese languages (some subtitles). Brief strobe lighting. Based on a true story. Based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sharp, savvy, dry, brisk, blustery. Excellent acting, good chemisty between cast, fast/funny dialogue, great source material, convincing locations, some good small moments, brisk editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Incohesive, tepid, movie-ish, rough-hewn, scattershot, predictable, misguided, tone-deaf, genre-bending, strained. Indelicate assessment of Afghan culture, the romance and comedy fail to connect, disappointing that two Afghan roles are filled by non-Afghans, some sketchy/caricatured characterisation, some lame gags, has a glib/incurious outsider's perspective, overuse of shots of dogs humping, lacks wit/satire.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Published in 0-9
Monday, 22 February 2016 11:01
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    The call to prayer.

  • Starring

    John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier

  • Directed by

    Michael Bay

  • Running time

    144 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, dragged, held at gunpoint, blasted through the air, hit by cars, run over, pushed, shoved, shirt-grabbed. Air attacks, many weapons (RPGs, AK47s, Molotov cocktails, pistols, shotguns, mortars etc). High-speed car chases, explosions, collisions, stolen vehicles, reckless driving, drive-by shootings, car bombs, snipers. Burning buildings, vehicles, objects, trees. Objects smashed, dropped, shot, exploded; debris. Mexican standoffs, arson. Footage of 9/11, bombings, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, surveillance. Armouries, military personnel/vehicles/aircraft, crashed vehicles/aircraft. People play a violent (shooting) video game. An insect is swatted (implied). Yelling, arguing, screaming, insubordinance. Revolution, Holy war, suicide missions mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (high body count), identifying the dead, flag-draped coffin, body bags, IV drip. Broken limbs (exposed bone/flesh), torn bodies. Corpse dropped from roof. Bloody faces, clothing, objects, water, cuts, wounds. Blood spatter, torn flesh, spitting/vomiting/spurting blood. Wound-cleaning, wound-dressing, tourniquet. Slaughterhouse seen (no animals are harmed). Skull motifs. Cut throats, blown eardrum mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bum squeezing/slapping. Shirtless men, men in tight-fitting clothing, man in swimwear, man in towel. People watch a video of rabbits mating. Dating, pregnancy, stripper name, spooning (m-m), flirting mentioned. "I'm sexy and I know it," song lyrics.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, sheesha).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger/hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    2012 attack on US consulate in Benghazi (Libya), terrorism, GRS (Global Response Staff), anti-Americanism, sieges, fiasco, CIA special ops, intel, interpreters, insubordinance, grieving, loss, bureaucracy, diplomacy, security.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends/fathers/husbands. Airport setting. Fireworks, firecrackers, planes, helicopters, cemetery, full moon. Sheep, goats, praying mantis, dogs. Spitting, gagging, vomiting. Shaky camerawork, night-vision cinematography. Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Gripping, harrowing, heartfelt, chilling, action-heavy, patriotic, intense, effective, persuasive, nail-biting, noisy, nerve-frying, immersive, visceral, urgent, acute. Authentic feel, first-rate action, logistics of the situation are well conveyed, comprehensive wounding detail, vivid/evocative locations, staggering images, intricate production design, robust technical credits, not entirely one-sided.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, ponderous, clichéd, head-scratching, disruptive, exhausting, scornful, political. Blunt script, rote performances, terrible dialogue, calculated/banal sentimentality, cartoonish characters, confusing/incoherent editing.

American Sniper

Published in A
Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:59
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Death tolls.

  • Starring

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Sam Jaeger, Chance Kelly, Cory Hardrict, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Luke Sunshine, Keir O'Donnell, Jake McDorman

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (including child), punched, wrestled, stomped, thrown from a horse, hit with objects (darts), blindfolded, held at sword-point, throat-grabbed, near-choked, chained, tortured, maimed. Explosions, attempted suicide bombings. Burning trees, buildings, debris. Schoolyard brawling, theft. Afghanistan, Iraq War settings. Hunting; animals shot. News images of bomb aftermath, 9/11 (planes into towers; towers collapsing). Dangerous driving, cars shot at/blown up. Military vehicles (tanks, helicopters), personnel, weapons (grenades, snipers, RPG, cache), training. Screaming, yellling. Blood/gore: Drilling through leg, head (child). Bloody cuts, faces, bullet wounds, bodies, objects. Blood spurts/splatter/spray, bleeding, intestines, broken limb. Bruising, scars, chipped teeth. Corpses, body parts (decapitated head, leg), amputees, caskets, wounded soldiers. Bullets seen entering/exiting flesh. Death tolls, dead/missing people (including child), man dying during surgery, murdered Good Samaritan mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Half-dressed couple, couple in bed together, couple in shower (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, bum-slap, innuendo. Phone sex mentioned, references to sex, sex-themed slang. Adultery/infidelity. Shirtless men, women in underwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots, champagne). Chewing tobacco. Smoking, gambling mentioned. Auditory hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Sexist language, redneck joke. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Chris Kyle, Navy SEALs, war, snipers, rodeo, hunting, violence, 9/11, terrorism, infidelity, military wives, marriage, PTSD, birth, fatherhood, pregnancy, guilt, paranoia, heroism, trust, murder.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    War, funerals, hospital, birth, bar settings. Helicopter, tanks. Deer, horses, snake, dog. Taxidermy. Urine, vomiting. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Taut, vivid, sad, harrowing, thoughtful, skilful, complex, ruminative, fascinating, tragic, earnest, devastating, compellilng, provocative, grim, smart, gritty, confident, blunt, effective, troubling. Superb performance, strong/sustained direction, breathless skirmishes, crackerjack/propulsive editing, focused cinematography, highly realistic production design, spare/subtle score, authentic set design, heartbreaking/inexplicable ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uncomplicated, unsatisfying, myopic, stilted, unexceptional, routine, hollow, incurious. Obvious dialogue, one-dimensional wife, under-developed secondary characters, little sense of date/time/location.

Unbroken

Published in U
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:47
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    An Olympic athlete cops a lot of flak.

  • Starring

    Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Takamasa Ishihara, Alex Russell, Maddalena Ischiale, C.J. Valleroy, John D'Leo

  • Directed by

    Angelina Jolie

  • Running time

    137 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, beaten, punched, slapped, hit, tormented, pursued, bullied, tackled, hit with objects, spanked, stomped, raked, pecked, animal-attacked, confined, imprisoned, bound, interrogated, clubbed, forced into labour, blindfolded, pushed, shoved, kicked. Animals killed, butchered, shot, attacked, hair-pulled. Explosions, burning buildings/village, rubble. Nuclear mushroom cloud (picture). Mid-air battles, bombs dropped, crash landing, downed aircraft, raid sirens, military vehicles, swastikas. Theft. Screaming, yelling. Beheadings, execution mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (human, animal), emaciated bodies. Bloody faces, noses, mouths, clothing, legs, heads, hands, objects, cuts. Burned/charred skin, bruising, sunburn, peeling skin, blisters, scars, sores, bloodshot eyes. Bandages. Gutting animals, missing fingernails, broken nose reset.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude men (genitals obscured), shirtless men. References to sex, innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Adolescent smoking, drinking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word. Name-calling. Slang terms for women. Derogatory terms for Italians. Religous references, exclamations and prayer.

  • THEMES

    Louis Zamperini, World War II, prisoners of war, survival, rationing, running, the Olympic Games, determination, family, forgiveness, the four-minute mile, record-breaking, adrfit at sea, ocean rescue, wartime radio broadcasting, emaciation, willpower, courage, strength, heroism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friends/colleagues/airmen. Church setting, burial-at-sea. Spider, sharks, bird (albatross), fish, fishing. Raw meat eaten. Vomiting, spitting. Some Italian and Japanese languages (subtitles). Based on a true story. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Handsome, well-crafted, ambitious, well-paced, riveting, inspiring, immaculate, unbelievable, excellent, great, entertaining, solid, sincere. Incredible true story, admirably condensed narrative, breakthrough performance from Jack O'Connell, solid cast, competent/clean/precise direction, thrilling battle scenes, skillful editing, breathtaking cinematography, neatly woven script, lovingly/reverently crafted.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Bland, flavourless, dutiful, unemotional, manipulative, controlled, unoffending, safe, lukewarm, lacklustre, over-polished, straight-laced, generic. Cool/uneven tone, loses momentum, doesn't get beneath Zamperini's skin, glosses over Zamperini's post-war life.