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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Families care for each other. Kids are cleverer than they're often given credit for. Don't judge a person by appearances, religion, ethnicity, age, or gender. Sometimes we must make difficult and selfless decisions for the benefit of others.
Positive Role Models
Nadja's motherly instincts counteract her evil vampire nature. She puts herself in harm's way to help her child and others. Farid is intelligent and kind. He also takes risks to help others. Elias is smart, wily, and dedicated to his mother. Some passengers behave selflessly on behalf of the group; others are only concerned with saving themselves. The military representatives make decisions, sometimes erroneous, based on misperceptions or a lack of information. The terrorists care little for human life, and they attempt to make several Muslim passengers scapegoats with a recorded pronouncement of guilt.
Violence & Scariness
The airplane hijackers kill people in cold blood. Vampires viciously attack their prey, human and animal, and suck their blood, which they can't live without. We see people, including women and children, threatened, held at gunpoint, stabbed, shot, wounded, poisoned, trampled, in fist fights, set on fire, have teeth pulled out, have to inject themselves, dying from lack of oxygen, suffering an amputation by axe, writhing in pain, and bleeding profusely. Military and medical professionals don't believe a child's story and inject him with a sleep agent against his will. The boy has to watch his mother suffer, and her fate will ultimately rest with him as she transforms into a vicious animal. Civilians have to fly and land the plane.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple hugs and kisses.
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A lot of use and variations on "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "arsehole," "maniac." The film is in English and German.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Nadja takes medication in the form of a liquid she drinks and another she injects into her chest.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood Red Sky is a particularly gory take on vampires and plane hijackings. The violence is explicit, in abundance, and gruesome. The film also turns on the emotional drama of a mother and son in dire circumstances that they know they may not survive. The small child will ultimately have to make the decision whether his mother, a vampire whose vicious nature is only kept in check by her love for her son, can be saved or not. She and other vampires savagely attack their prey, human and animal, and suck their blood, which they can't live without. The airplane hijackers kill passengers in cold blood. People, including women and children, are threatened, held at gunpoint, stabbed, shot, wounded, poisoned, trampled, get in fist fights, are set on fire, have teeth pulled out, forced to inject themselves, die from lack of oxygen, suffer an amputation by axe, writhe in pain, and bleed profusely. Military and medical professionals don't believe a child's story and inject him with a sleep agent against his will. Civilians have to fly and land the plane. Language in the spoken English and subtitles (some dialogues are in German) include a lot of use and variations on "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "arsehole." Terrorists attempt to make several Muslim passengers scapegoats for the hijacking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A violent terrorist hijacking of a plane is apparently no longer enough of a plot for a feature-length movie. In Blood Red Sky, run-of-the-mill terrorists meet their match at cruising altitude in bloodthirsty vampires. Though it's never quite clear why the gang of thugs has hijacked the plane (to goose the stock market? sway elections?), a vampire's lust for blood is made extremely patent. The same might be said of Blood Red Sky's production design -- this is one exceptionally bloody movie. By the time the special forces enter the landed aircraft at the film's end, the entire tube is splattered red and scattered with mutilated bodies. You'll need a strong stomach to make it through the full two hours.
But, perhaps surprisingly given the campy premise (and some genre staples, like the cry, "Does anyone on board know how to fly?!"), the character drama keeps you attentive. Since we know from the prologue that the plane will in fact land and the little boy will get off in one piece, it's the mother-son bond that provides the suspense. Nadja's love for Elias barely inhibits her from going full vampire, and his dedication to her prompts unexpected bravery. Peri Baumeister's performance as Nadja is largely physical, while young Carl Anton Koch carries the film's heavy emotional load and Kais Setti offers a compelling turn as Farid, the intelligent observer. The blend of accents and languages on this transatlantic thriller also feels novel for the genre.
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