Parents' Guide to

Burn Out

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tedious French action film has violence, language, drugs.

Movie NR 2018 107 minutes
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Unless you love motorcycles, the movie is bound to feel tedious and repetitive. Burn Out is a generic chase film, start to finish. Fans of violent video games, full of such chases and shoot-outs, may enjoy the back and forth, but some scenes seem designed to do nothing more than set up Tony getting on his bike and riding as fast as he can, whether he's racing other guys at the track, evading the police, or running from drug dealers.

Tony doesn't demonstrate much in the way of brain power: His life is drudgery and he acts like a robot. So it's downright exciting when he comes up with an actual idea an hour and 20 minutes into the film. The suggestion that he can mastermind a takeover of Miguel's drug empire for his friend Moussa seems fantastical. Nothing earlier in the movie prepares for this moment of enlightenment in the slightest way. But hey. The film feels unintentionally funny when Miguel says he won't mingle with "Arab" drug dealers. They're the "scum," he claims, even though he's the guy dealing drugs and shooting people he doesn't like.

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