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Accident Man

Movie review by
Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Ultra-violent action-thriller has nasty misogynistic side.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 105 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are no positive messages. There are also few if any consequences for any of the violence. Characters kill either for money or for enjoyment -- one character chooses his victims at random from a phone directory. Greed is another underlying motivation for some characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mike is a professional hit man who has no regard for human life. Mike -- along with his crew of fellow assassins -- also takes pride and joy in his kills. Beth is an environmentalist, but she only serves as a plot device. Much of the humor is misogynistic, sexist, and homophobic. Crude references to and about lesbians. Jane the Ripper proves to be a far more formidable assassin than her male counterparts.

Violence

Non-stop gory, sadistic violence includes punching, kicking, shootings, headbutting, stabbings, and lots of blood. Characters are hit with various objects. The main character is an assassin who makes his victims' deaths look like suicide or an accident. Characters are killed and have limbs and necks broken; in one scene, a character is beheaded. Other causes of death include an axe attack, poisoning, a car crash, electrocution, and drowning. A teen pushes another off a balcony who dies in a pool of their own blood. A samurai sword is used to maim and kill. A character is said to have been raped, although this later proves not to be the case.

Sex

A number of flashbacks show two characters having sex -- nipples can be seen. Kissing. A character is seen in bra and suspenders.

Language

Constant extreme language includes "motherf----r," "f---ing," "c--k," "bastard," "d--khead," "c--t," "pr--k," "bulls--t," "bitch," "piss," "balls," "wanker," and "twat." "Jesus Christ" is also used as an exclamation. Homophobic and racist language includes the words "dyke" and "rag head."

Consumerism

A character buys a new motorbike with the money they earn from a "hit." Another character is obsessed with being seen as an upper-class English gentleman.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters regularly drink alcohol in a pub. A character drinks hard liquor after receiving bad news. A character is seen drunkenly stumbling while holding a bottle of alcohol. Two characters smoke crack cocaine. A drug overdose is mentioned. Characters smoke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Accident Man (based on the same-named comic strip) is an ultra-violent action-thriller with a high body count, vicious fight scenes, and extremely strong language. Violence is non-stop and graphic. Characters are decapitated, impaled, slashed, stabbed, punched, kicked, and shot. Knives, guns, a samurai sword, poison, and an axe are all used. In a flashback sequence, a teen is killed after being pushed off a balcony. There's little consequence for any of the violence, with characters killing for money and often taking a sadistic pleasure from it. Much of the humor is misogynistic and homophobic. A racist slur is also used. Language includes constant use of words including "motherf----r," "c--t," and "bitch." There's brief nudity when characters have sex in various flashbacks; two women kiss. Characters get drunk, and many scenes take place in a pub. Two characters smoke crack cocaine. A character is said to have been raped, although this later proves to be false.

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What's the story?

ACCIDENT MAN tells the tale of Mike (Scott Adkins), a hit man who makes his kills look like accidents or suicide. When his ex-girlfriend is murdered, it seems like a case of wrong place, wrong time. But when Mike starts to investigate, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Soon he's on a mission for vengeance.

Is it any good?

As far as the action goes, Accident Man is a rip-roaring roundhouse kick of a movie. The fight scenes are expertly choreographed, and Adkins -- a martial arts expert -- is a master of his trade. Ray Stevenson and Ashley Greene also provide admirable support. Fans of the original comic strip will be reassured to hear that the violence remains unflinchingly brutal. But that's where the positives end.

Take away the action sequences, and you're left with a nasty movie that has no likeable characters and an undercurrent of misogyny and homophobia. In one scene, when referring to a girlfriend, Martin says to his male counterparts: "[She's] 26, body of an 18-year-old, brain of a 12-year-old." To which another responds, "Right up my street." This is just one example from a long list of misguided humor that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the extreme violence in Accident Man. What impact does it have? What consequences are there? How do you think that would change in real life?

  • How are women portrayed in the movie? Did you find it problematic?

  • Were any of the characters sympathetic? If not, did this deter from your enjoyment of the movie?

Movie details

For kids who love action

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