All the Devil's Men

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Action-adventure tale has bloody violence and language.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 100 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Don't make deals with bad guys. They'll betray you. Friends aren't that much better.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The only man who seems to have any moral compass admits that although he promised to leave someone unharmed, he broke his promise in a big and terrible way.

Violence

Nearly nonstop use of automatic weaponry, including rifles and handguns, and also hand-to-hand knife combat. People die of gunshot wounds and knife wounds. Too many bodies to count are riddled with gunshots and dripping blood. A bad guy threatens to "violate" someone's children and drown his wife "in semen." A man is murdered by covering his head in a plastic bag until he suffocates. Two men are shot in the head, leaving bleeding bullet holes. A man is shot in the head; his blood covers the face of the guy standing behind him. Cars deliberately crash into each other.

Sex

A bad guy threatens to "violate" someone's kids and drown his wife "in semen."

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "bitch," and "prick."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man with jittery hands takes pills, then throws them away. "Freebasing" is mentioned. A character is referred to as a former junkie.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All the Devil's Men is a typical action-adventure movie about a military-style op in which former Navy Seals are asked to stop a rogue player from transporting a nuclear warhead purchased illegally from the Russians. There are lots of automatic weapons used to kill gang members and CIA operatives, who all look alike, especially in the way they bleed. Mel Gibson's son, Milo, plays the lead, a flawed hero (a former junkie) trying to stay ahead of bosses, former friends, and enemies, any of whom seem capable of betrayal. Frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," and "prick." People die of gunshot wounds and knife wounds. Too many bodies to count are riddled with gunshots and dripping blood. A bad guy threatens to "violate" someone's children and drown his wife "in semen." A man is murdered by covering his head in a plastic bag until he suffocates. Two men are shot in the head, leaving bleeding bullet holes. A man is shot in the head; his blood covers the face of the guy standing behind him. 

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What's the story?

In ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN, a CIA handler (Sylvia Hoeks) calls in Collins (Milo Gibson), a former Navy Seal she worked with, to stop the underground sale of a Russian nuclear weapon. He's a seasoned operative and is paired with a partner (Gbenka Akinnagbe) he doesn't like but, predictably, comes to respect. He approaches an old ally (Joseph Millson) to get more information and discovers the formerly good guy has turned to the dark, profit-oriented side. More important, he realizes that his boss has ulterior motives that don't necessarily align the with best interests of the United States, their presumable employer. Most of the time, the guys are in crisis mode, yelling and dodging bullets. Collins seems to have the shakes since his harrowing tour in Iraq and he takes pills to steady his hands, but his dedication to the work hasn't wavered. Can he save the day?

Is it any good?

This movie mimics many far better films about macho former military-trained personnel who are brought back by the CIA or FBI to carry out some important secret mission or other. These are guys who can take care of themselves in tough situations, who communicate in profanity-laced dialogue, often punctuated with a "Roger that!". In this case, the nature of the mission doesn't matter much -- a nuclear warhead is involved -- because it's the ambushes, betrayals, switched allegiances, and unreliable alliances that are the focus of this mishmash of a plot.

Written and directed by Matthew Hope, the narrative is as unclear as the many night scenes he shot, during which people who look and dress alike are all shooting at one another in the shadows. Gibson ably handles a rather one-note role. He may well have what it takes to be a compelling leading man, but All the Devil's Men does nothing to showcase his potential.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about underlying problems soldiers experience because of traumatic experiences during war. What are some indications that Collins is suffering because of trauma he witnessed and caused in his previous tours of duty?

  • Does ll the Devil's Men do a good job of keeping the plot straight? Do you think it's important for an action film like this to present a clear story, or does it seem that the movie is more focused on simply setting up action sequences?

  • Does the movie suggest that people are more likely to pursue wealth than to stay loyal to allies? Do you agree that people are like that?

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