A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to shock, scare, and entertain, not inspire.
Positive Role Models
Hero is courageous, resourceful, and cautious in the face of escalating danger. Typical cult leaders are evil, motivated by desire for greed and power. No ethnic diversity; women play subsidiary roles.
Violence & Scariness
Brutal, bloody, heartless from beginning to end. No detail is left to the imagination. Characters (male and female, young and old) are slaughtered by gunfire, stabbings, impalement, various forms of torture, hanging, multiple slit throats, fire, and savage hand-to-hand combat. They are held captive in coffins, burlap bags, and dungeon-like caves. Animals are treated cruelly. An emaciated stillborn lamb is delivered. People are often covered in blood, slime, waste. Shots of a body cut in half.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A fully clothed young couple engage in sexual intercourse -- shot entirely on the girl's back. The young woman in spied upon as she maneuvers a mirror to see whether or not she's pregnant.
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"Harlot," "whore," "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is served in a bar-like setting. Characters use eyedroppers to ingest unidentified drugs. Smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Apostle, part horror movie, part thriller, is set on an island in Great Britain in 1905. A young man with a painful past sneaks into a religious cult to rescue the sister he loves. Believing that she's being held there against her will, he's prepared for danger, but not for the bloodshed and bizarre events he encounters. Violence is extensive and very gory. Characters are killed and severely wounded in excruciatingly detailed scenes using all manner of weaponry and torture, including, but not limited to, stabbing, impaling, hanging, burning, gunfire, and savage beatings. Grotesque human-like creatures (some mystical) are ferocious and lethal. The film is an almost nonstop blood bath, with suffering and fear heightened to extremes. Participants are often covered in blood and sometimes waste. Some mild profanity is heard: "harlot," "whore," "Jesus Christ." The hero is shown to have a reliance on a liquid drug that he ingests using an eyedropper. Alcohol is consumed; a character smokes cigarettes. A young couple, fully clothed, is shown having sexual intercourse. The young woman is later spied upon as she uses a mirror to try to determine if she's pregnant. Not for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With his complex tale, driven by an exhaustive onslaught of violence and gore, Welsh writer-director Gareth Evans is considered a filmmaker to watch; it's true, but only if you have a strong stomach. Apostle is down, dirty, and grisly from start to finish. And the movie is two hours and 10 minutes long. There are twists and turns in the plot, mostly delivered by knives and spears. It would be difficult to even count the number of folks impaled and then kept on-screen to writhe as they expire. You may think you've seen the most appalling and ghastly of events, but another is only moments away. Apostle is a dark film, in content and in look, with a cast of good actors who may have relished their immersion in blood and guts. It's not certain which audiences will. Absolutely not for kids.
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