A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence, revenge, and crime are central to the plot.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are violent career criminals whose behavior and choices draw them into increasingly dangerous situations. Pat Tate is loyal to his friends but violent in his methods when pursuing retribution. Supporting characters care for their families but do not reprimand them for their harmful actions.
The cast is predominantly White, male, and British. Minor ethnic diversity among the supporting cast. Some female characters in supporting roles but they are given little agency, and are limited to the roles of relatives or strippers. A boxer also performs as a drag queen, which challenges traditional notions of masculinity. However, they are subjected to homophobic slurs and they keep their other identity secret from their father, both of which plays into certain stereotypes
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Violence & Scariness
Near non-stop violent altercations resulting in pools of blood, injuries, and death. Characters shot and struck in face, beaten unconscious. Fatal stabbings and shootings. Violent scuffles. Broken bones. Characters threatened and attacked with weapons, such as claw hammers. Blood-soaked corpse. Characters die in explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Exteriors of sex shops. Scenes take place in a strip club where characters are seen in just their underwear. Kissing.
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Language used includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "bitches," "bollocks," "c--t," "piss," and "arse." "Gay" and "poof" used as derogatory terms.
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Products & Purchases
Some characters portrayed as materialistic. Characters are motivated by money. Large amounts of it are frequently discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol in moderation, smoke cigarettes. Characters discuss dealing ecstasy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vengeance: Rise of the Footsoldier is an extremely violent action movie and the sixth installment in this British gangster franchise. Craig Fairbrass reprises the role of gangster Pat Tate, who sets out to avenge the murder of his friend. Set in the British underworld during the 1990s, the characters are mostly violent criminals. Numerous violent altercations include beatings, stabbing, shootings, and people being blown up. There is lots of bloody injuries and broken bones as the conflict between rival gangs escalates. Women are largely marginalized into supporting roles, as relatives or strippers in the club where some of the movie is set. One character, Billy (Ben Wilson), is both a drag queen and a boxer, which slightly challenges traditional notions of masculinity. However, in one scene, they are referred to as a "gay" and "poof." Variants of "f--k" are used often as well as some uses of "c--t." The characters' criminal lifestyles are undertaken in pursuit of money. Some of their business interests involve dealing illegal drugs. Characters smoke and drink in moderation. The film is known as Rise of the Footsoldier: Vengeance in some territories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sixth installment of the long-running British action movie franchise attempts to strike a balance between delivering crowd-pleasing moments and throwing in a few surprises. Vengeance: Rise of the Footsoldier's fearsome central character Pat Tate might not be required to do much more than navigate a series of confrontations that typically spiral into bloody violence. But as lead actor Fairbrass showed in more left field fare such as Muscle, he's capable of both filling the frame and bringing a steady menace to roles that lesser actors would simply bark and snarl their way through. The addition of evasive boxer and drag queen Billy, played by Ben Wilson, eventually gives Tate an unorthodox sparring partner.
The script is hampered by a few necessary but clunky concessions, with most of the dialogue exposition-heavy to fill in the gaps for anyone who hasn't seen the previous Rise of the Footsoldier movies and hurry us along toward the action sequences. Still, the makers clearly know their audience and this formula endures for a reason. For those willing to be patient and not worry too much about the fleeting details about who's killing who and why, Tate's rampage culminates in a final showdown in a red-light drenched strip club, with guns firing in all directions, bringing to mind the finale of many a John Wick movie, albeit on a budget.
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