A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Story is about looking for truth of what happened to a missing person, but that's accomplished by taking hostages and committing murder -- and, after lots and lots of violence, getting away with it.
Positive Role Models
Full of violent people and good-for-nothing "heroes," most mainly looking out for themselves.
Most main characters are White men. Supporting cast includes two powerful women and a Black man. Derogatory reference to "gay vegans."
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters shot and killed. Blood spurts, spitting blood. Some gore. Throwing bullet-riddled bodies onto bonfire. Fighting, bashing in head with rifle butt. Explosions. Grenades. Character chained to pole. Dialogue about torture. Several scenes of arguing. Various cuts and scrapes. Character seen carving swastika into a bench.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting. A kiss. Naked man wearing apron, buttocks visible.
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Constant extreme language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "ass," "dumbass," "bitch," "bastard," "goddamn," "pr--k," "idiot," "hell," "Christ." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of YouTube.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secret drug lab is a major part of the plot. A character is seen packaging up various drugs; many kinds of drugs are mentioned: marijuana, blow, E, heroin, OxyContin, fentanyl, crystal, etc. A character takes a few gulps of very fine scotch. A character appears sleepy/drunk after having downed several cans of an unknown carbonated beverage. Brief smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Siege is a Bruce Willis action thriller about a hostage situation that ends in bloody violence. Violence includes guns and shooting, deaths, blood spurts/gore, bodies being burned, fighting, explosions, arguing, and more. Language is extremely strong and constant, with countless uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more. There's brief flirting and a kiss, and an otherwise naked man is shown wearing an apron (his buttocks are visible). A secret drug lab is a major part of the story. A character packages up drugs, and many kinds of drugs are mentioned by name. There's also some drinking and brief smoking. The movie isn't good, but it has a few interesting characters and bizarre touches that might entertain some mature fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Riddled with bad ideas and dialogue but also peppered with bizarre touches and interesting character moments, this thriller isn't exactly good, but it does rise a little above others of its ilk. Reunited with his Cosmic Sin director Edward Drake, star Willis gets slightly more to do in American Siege than in many of his window-dressing-type roles, but he's still somehow the movie's least interesting character. He practically doesn't even need to be here at all, and his line readings are tonally all over the place, emphasizing certain words or leaving spaces between words seemingly at random. Thankfully, the main characters -- the three hostage-takers -- are rather more compelling, especially the siblings. Hindman's Grace is quick witted and action oriented, starting the movie by killing one of the villains and proudly wearing bleeding scratches on her face for the rest of the movie.
She also shows the cracks in her armor, indicating that a troubled life led her to become so hard. Always a beat or two behind his sister, Urb's Tony has a spiritual flair, like a grinning, snake-charmer preacher. When he tries to break open an armored door, he claims he's doing "God's work." When he finally breaks in and enters a dark chamber, he mutters, "it better not be aliens ... ." (A movie about them and their absent sister, a trio of outlaw siblings, might have been a great deal more interesting!) Unfortunately, despite the bursts of life the movie gets from these quirky characters, American Siege is still based around a pretty uninspired idea and filmed in an uninspired way. It's basically a whole bunch of firepower, explosions, and annihilation to explain a simple missing-person story.
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