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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fight tyranny, racism, and totalitarianism.
Positive Role Models
Elsa is a good person. She tries to protect her brother from the harsher realities of Nazi Germany. Other characters support the Allies and try to fight the Nazis.
The cast is German, White, and features a few strong women roles.
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Violence & Scariness
A significant amount of violence, gun fights, fist fights, blood, injury detail, and brutality. One scene of sexual violence where two men almost successfully rape a woman in her home. Men and women get shot (and in the head), punched, hit, thrown, stabbed, choked, blown up, headbutted, and bloodied. A man gets run through with a pitchfork, another man gets tortured by drowning, another man gets boiling water thrown on his bare crotch, another man gets an axe to the face, and another man gets pushed out of a window from a tall building and falls to his death. A man dies by swallowing a poison pill and foams at the mouth. Another man is brutally killed by a shovel. Body parts fly when people are blown up by grenades. A man is hung and struggles a lot before getting cut down at the last moment. A car explosion kills the woman driving the car. A man with half his face gone, which is usually covered with a mask, looks in a mirror and picks a ring out of his empty eye socket.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some romantic kissing.
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Strong language includes "f--king," "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "whore," "slut," "goddamn," "c--k," "suck," "bastard," "hell," and "Kraut."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often smoke cigarettes. A few scenes show adults drinking beer and wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood & Gold is a German action movie about a Nazi soldier deserter who is trying to get back to his daughter. Almost dying, a woman in a local town comes to his rescue, and together, they take on a roaming Nazi platoon looking for hidden gold in the town. Expect lots of bloody violence, including gun fights, bullets to and through the head, fist fights, a scene of sexual violence and attempted rape, explosions, body parts flying from grenade blasts, stabbings, chokings, headbutts, injury detail (cuts, gashes, and wounds being tended to), a hanging, drowning torture, axes and shovels to the face and head, and a man falling to his death from a tall height. Adults drink beer and wine and smoke a lot of cigarettes. One romantic kiss. Strong language throughout includes: "f--king," "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "whore," "slut," "goddamn," "c--k," "suck," "bastard," "hell," and "Kraut." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Most of the action is engaging (and bloody), even if none of it's particularly inspired or creative. The mystery of the gold in Blood & Gold is actually more intriguing than its violent set pieces, which by the end start to make some of the action feel kind of lackluster. The structure of the film then becomes apparent: each bit of action grants more story, which for some will feel a bit too formulaic, especially given the film's kind of whimsical tone to much of the proceedings. There's a bit of comedy in the action and violence, but it sometimes feels like it can't decide if it wants to be explicitly funny or deadly serious. Of course, the context and backdrop are serious, as is the scary-looking lead villain, but even he comes across as slightly comical in his ridiculously gruesome visage.
Further, the stakes don't seem quite big enough to match the action, not only because there isn't any real bite to the violence, but also because the film pretty quickly kills off some characters that if kept alive might have better anchored the main characters in their goals. Instead, the heroes end up having to save each other from dangerous predicaments. The main characters also don't seem to care about the gold at all, so early on the viewer is instructed not to hope that the gold ends up with the heroes. Heinrich trying to reach his daughter is the only real pull left, outside of Elsa simply surviving. And the film makes it clear from the beginning that "the Americans have practically already secured victory," so it seems that a lot of the tension simply rests on whether or not the Nazis can get the gold before the Americans get there.
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