A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Korean action movie with chaotic shifting rivalries between North and South Korea and the CIA.
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Violence & Scariness
Nonstop violence from beginning to end. Extended fight scenes in which the lead character stabs or shoots dozens of enemies. Fighting with hatchets. Chests sliced open. Neck stabbings. Exploding molar. Martial arts violence. Chases involving most modes of transportation: planes, helicopters, trucks, cars, motorcycles. Fighting while skydiving. Character hangs upside down while being beaten with a stick. Lots of bloody fighting throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief full-frontal nudity. Fighting scenes in a bathhouse in which men wear revealing thongs.
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"F--k" often used. Also "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "pr--ks," "damn," "bastards."
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Products & Purchases
Extended vehicle chase in which lead character commandeers a Papa John's delivery scooter, with extended shots of the logo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Vaping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Carter is a 2022 Korean action movie in which a spy wakes up with no memory and must stop a zombie virus from spreading. This is a muddled story involving North and South Korea, the CIA, shifting alliances, missing doctors and daughters, and an attempt at containing a zombie virus, but the story is likely to get lost in an extremely violent and frenzied action movie that feels more like a video game. The lead character goes on mostly nonstop killing sprees and vehicle chases, with brief breaks for purposes of exposition. Violence includes shootings, stabbings, hatchet chops, exploding molars, martial arts violence, fighting while skydiving, and bloody deaths, including scenes of chests sliced open. There's brief full-frontal nudity, and men in a bathhouse wear thong-like coverings. Viewers also see cigarette smoking and vaping. Language includes "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More style than substance, and more like a video game than a coherent story, Carter is basically a long frenzy of fighting with all kinds of weapons and extended vehicle chases. It tries to be shot in "real time" and all in one take, which just adds to the confusion. It doesn't make much sense, but if you want to see exploding molars and digital pigs, this movie has both of those.
The "story," such as it is, involves a zombie virus that emerged from the Korean Demilitarized Zone. At various points, the CIA, South Koreans, and North Koreans are all trying to capture the hero, who has no memory of who he is or what's going on, with nothing but an ear piece in his ear with a woman's voice telling him where to go if he wants to live and the body memory required to commit mass slaughter with knives, hatchets, guns, etc. The story is almost irrelevant, a break between fight scenes. It isn't so much exciting as it is headache-inducing, and by the time we learn what's really going on, the movie has gone on for way too long and the viewer is too exhausted to care.
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