Parents' Guide to

American Refugee

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language in dystopian action thriller.

Movie NR 2021 94 minutes
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I love watching this movie I enjoyed the actors. Please say you have another episode please

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This is a typical dystopian film, bringing nothing really new to the table. American Refugee isn't a terrible movie in spite of shortcomings ranging from a limited budget to some bizarre themes concerning the survival instincts and pecking order of chickens. This chicken metaphor defines the story from beginning to end, along with classic dystopian hero/antihero themes of "survival of the fittest," and the conflict that will inevitably emerge between a book-smart college professor and a survivalist veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who got his Master's in The Hard-Knock School of Life.

It's a decent premise, but one that feels unsatisfying. There's the sense that there should be more to this rather than yet another dystopian tale used to explore how, without Goldman-Sachs and/or the National Guard there to keep things civil, we're little more than animals (and chickens at that) fighting for survival while in the throes of an indifferent natural order. The ending in particular seems a little too convenient as a way to drive this point home. It doesn't make this a horrible and unwatchable movie, but it does leave the impression that it could've been a much richer and fully developed world of societal collapse, fights to the death, and, yes, chickens pecking at their feed.

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