Parents' Guide to

Blood Vessel

By Jose Solis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense Nigerian thriller has disturbing violence, peril.

Movie NR 2023 118 minutes
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A Nollywood legend in his own right, director/producer Moses Inwang has delivered some of the grittiest films in the country's history while pointing to societal issues that deserve wider attention. With Blood Vessel, however, his knack for the melodramatic runs away with him as he delivers a piece that borders on the unwatchable due to the gruesome suffering he puts his characters through.

Young and adult viewers alike will most likely be shocked by the villainous Igor (Alex Budin), whose outlandish cruelty is depicted in such a way that it takes away from the message Inwang wants to deliver about the violent treatment of migrants. A scene in which Igor waxes rhapsodically about the pleasures of skinning an animal, only to learn he's about to do it to a man, belongs in the Saw franchise. Although movies don't need to convey hope in desperate situations, the absolute hopelessness of Blood Vessel will leave viewers in search of calmer waters, if they haven't abandoned the ship halfway through.

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