A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even the supposedly good people sell out under pressure for money, power, and prestige. Autocratic self serving political leaders are in it for the money and may use violence against their own people to stay in power. Do-gooder White people often do damage in the name of anti-racist rhetoric.
Positive Role Models
Carlos is a well-intentioned blundering fool who keeps naively putting his friends in jeopardy as he seeks to put a criminal African leader in jail.
Violence & Scariness
Multiple men, women, and kids are shot, with lots of blood. A long chase scene shows a man running from a hundred soldiers. Many are killed. A woman lies dying in a prison. She later dies in a hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man has oral sex with his pregnant wife. Nine years before, a man took his girlfriend for an abortion but he left before she had it. Now he discovers he has a 9-year-old son. A pregnant woman is seen nude in the bath (breasts shown).
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "scumbag," "ass," "whore," and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults use cocaine, cigarettes, and alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Beach is a 2020 Spanish political thriller that may leave all but the most sophisticated teens behind. A militaristic African regime is killing its citizens and claiming the violence is in the name of putting down domestic terrorists. Western powers are interested because of oil reserves, and corporations and the United Nations get involved. Multiple innocents are shot in cold blood. This is mostly in Spanish with English subtitles but other languages, including English, are spoken as well. A pregnant woman's breasts are seen while she is in the bath. A man has oral sex with his pregnant wife. Adults use cocaine, cigarettes, and alcohol, and language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "scumbag," "dick," "ass," "whore," and "balls." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an over-plotted, runaway mess of a predictable movie splattered with clichés and standard boilerplate material stolen directly from other, far better movies. Yet it still offers a few moving moments and a sense that there may be hope for honesty and decency to prevail now and then on the world stage. Black Beach unsurprisingly suggests that racism is bad and likewise homophobia, plus world powers will support corrupt regimes as long oil keeps flowing.
But director Esteban Crespo isn't good at sorting out complex narrative flow. Relying on tons of tedious exposition, he lays out a mashup of characters and situations and it's up to us to figure out what's going on. Why does Carlos run to a bar every morning and secretly leave stuff in a hidden plastic bag in the basement? And though Carlos doesn't seem stupid at first, he keeps leading corrupt authorities to the secret hideouts of good guys and getting them killed. As he makes one fatal mistake after another, yet maintains an over-serious superiority, the movie begins to feel like a parody about White guys coming to unsuccessfully save oppressed Black people. You'd think the guy would learn, but no.
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