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The script has very few characters who are
all heroic or entirely villainous; in fact, borderline-hoodlum Brian and unassertive Daniel might be considered closer to the bad-guy spectrum, all in all. The noblest character is a middle-aged dad protecting
his contaminated daughter to the end (and he exits the storyline midway through). Brian, ironically, is the only
one showing any respect for religion; he seems to think God has protected him personally. Two doomed characters who are conspicuously Christian are shown heartlessly manipulated over their faith.
What to watch out for
Premise evokes an environment in which acts of compassion and mercy usually end in infection and death. Much is made of brotherly loyalty and sibling love (real-life brothers created this movie). But none of it proves strong enough to overcome the selfish, life-or-death choices here forced by a deadly virus.
Fatal and non-fatal shootings draw blood, including the death of a dog. Gruesome corpses, as characters infected with the disease bleed and die, and one is shown after being burned on a pyre.
Suggestive talk ("eat me") between boyfriend and girlfriend. They start to strip for sex but get interrupted. A band of male survivors threaten to take the leading ladies, for their own unstated (but easy to guess) purposes, make them strip to their underwear for inspection.
Use of the s-word in varied permutations, "a-s," "piss," "S.O.B." A written racial slur. One utterance of the F-word.
Car models, Jack Daniels whiskey on display. Mention of SpongeBob Squarepants.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking:
Mention of "weed" (chiefly its absence). Drinking of beer and liquor until drunkenness sets in.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models