A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overcoming adversity, putting aside your differences to work with others, fighting prejudice.
Positive Role Models
Brana is a brave and skilful soldier, working under difficult conditions to follow her mission. Lukasz makes tough moral choices to try to protect his family. Other characters are bullish, recklessly violent, and intolerant.
The central character is a strong, courageous woman, who shows leadership in a male-dominated environment, despite encountering sexist attitudes. The cast has no ethnic diversity but a range of nationalities are portrayed on-screen. More than one language spoken. Non-Russian, German, and Polish actors cast in those roles and speak with their native accents. As part of the narrative, characters display intolerance to other nationalities for the harm they have done to their loved ones during the war.
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Violence & Scariness
Intruder tasered and cuffed to a radiator, drugged, and paralyzed. Wartime shootouts with rifles and machine guns. Attempted sexual violence. Reference to rape. Punches, kicks, and headbutts thrown in altercations. Character struck with gun. Death and bloody injury but no gore. Character strangled to death. Character stabbed in leg. Dead bodies shown with bloody injuries. Blazing fires. Dream sequences provide some scares.
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Language used includes "f--k," "f---ing," "bitch," "damn," "hell," and "s--t". "Fritz" used as a slur to describe Germans.
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Products & Purchases
Brief mention to profiting from warfare by pursuing "the spoils of war."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes. Drugs used to make enemy soldiers hallucinate and also paralyze an intruder.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burial is a wartime thriller -- set during the final days of World War II -- with violent scenes and strong language. The film follows a group of Allied soldiers who are tasked with transporting the body of Hitler to Russia. The central character is Brana (Charlotte Vega), a female intelligence officer working with a group of male soldiers. She is frequently brave, calm, intelligent, and keeps a cool head despite all that they encounter. There are frequent gunfights, bloody injuries, and death. Characters are shot, stabbed, punched, kicked, and headbutted. A man tries to force himself sexually onto a woman and there is reference to rape being used as a "weapon of war." Swearing is frequent, with variants of "f--k" used throughout. Characters smoke cigarettes and some drugs are used to disorientate and disarm opponents and assailants. 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 wartime thriller takes its inspiration from some of the neglected stories from World War II. Yet despite its ambitious screenplay and capable cast, Burial's mix of fact and fiction never quite gels, as its story switches between human drama, fantasy violence, and a series of murky forest shootouts. Bookended by cliched opening and closing set pieces that transport us into the future, they do little other than add unnecessary exposition. Writer-director Ben Parker would've been better off spending more time establishing the characters.
The group of Russian soldiers and "heroes" of the story are led by Vega's Brana, who has the basis for a compelling character. While the German "werewolf" pursuers are based on real-life units that operated behind enemy lines. But none of these are developed enough. Elsewhere, Harry Potter alumnus Tom Felton could've been given more to do as anguished local Lukasz. Instead his late entry into the movie only adds to its off-kilter and unbalanced feel. The finale also goes missing, which helps us share the characters' frustration but not much else. Wartime conspiracy adventures, especially ones featuring werewolves, need to have sharper teeth than this.
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