By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Action thriller has violence, sex, language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some gender diversity -- the head of the professional motorcycle team who is trying to bring Rafa on board is female -- but aside from that, everything but the motorcycles are fueled by testosterone.
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Violence & Scariness
Character beaten to death with a motorcycle helmet -- some blood, dead body with bashed-in head shown. Motorcycle crashes. Deaths by guns and machine guns. Female lead's face shown after being beaten by drug cartel henchmen. TV news footage of riots in Barcelona between pro-separatist protestors and police.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gratuitous sex scene -- female nudity (breasts, buttocks) as woman shown on top of man while they gyrate and moan.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" and "s--t" often used. "Motherf--ker" used a few times. Also: "bulls--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "pr--k," "p---y," "son of a bitch," "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Pirelli and Honda logos in racing scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character starts taking amphetamines in order to stay awake to race, work, and run drugs. Drug cartel guy shown sampling cocaine during a drug deal. Beer drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Centauro is a 2022 movie in which an aspiring pro motorcyclist must run drugs for a cartel in order to save the life of his son's mother. Expect many motorcycle chase scenes between the lead character and police. The main character takes amphetamines in order to stay awake for his job, his tryouts to join a pro motorcycle team, and his drug running. Gratuitous sex scene -- breasts, buttocks shown. Strong language throughout, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker." Character beaten to death with a motorcycle helmet -- bloody and graphic. Female lead's face shown after being beaten by drug cartel henchmen. Fighting with guns and assault weapons -- characters killed by these.
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What's the Story?
In CENTAURO, Rafa (Alex Monner) races on the independent motorcycle racing circuit while making a living as a forklift operator. After one race, Rafa meets Regina, the head of a professional motorcycle team who wants to bring him on board. He'll first have to try out for the team, but as he prepares for this, he discovers that his ex-lover and the mother of his child Natalia (Begoña Vargas) has been beaten up. She was trying to make ends meet by stashing a drug shipment for a drug cartel, but now must find a way to either find the drugs that were stolen from her house or pay the cartel the money. Desperate to save her and his son, Rafa tracks down the local cartel heads and offers to work as a drug runner for two months in order to pay off the debt. Rafa is put on 24/7 notice to make the run from Marseilles to their hometown of Barcelona, and must find a way to balance this with his motorcycle try-outs and his day job. As this punishing schedule begins to take its toll on Rafa, he must find a way to get the cartel off his back, save Natalia, and pursue his dreams of racing glory.
Is It Any Good?
This is a decent, if at times gratuitous, action movie. Centauro is centered on an aspiring professional motorcycle racer who puts his dreams in jeopardy to save his ex-lover/mother of his son from a drug cartel. While it's safe to say that, like somewhat similar movies that have the words "fast" and "furious" in their titles, the motorcycles and high-end sports cars doing the racing and chasing are the only aspect of the movie not fueled by testosterone, the dialogue is much better than those movies, and the female leads usually do a good job of counterbalancing all the obligatory alpha male posturing.
In other words: There are actually shades and nuances of character depth and development. There's as much of a focus on the story as there is on effectively capturing all the top-speed chases. That alone makes it more enjoyable than all the movies featuring muscle-dudes who drive fast and grunt loud in the hopes that this style will outweigh the lack of substance. It's not a masterpiece, but Centauro knows what it is and makes the most of it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the vehicle chase scenes in Centauro. Do chase scenes like these have a negative influence on teen or impressionable drivers? Are they liable to inspire some to drive down the highway (in a motorcycle or other vehicle) as fast as possible, no matter how many lives may be put in danger?
Does the movie glamorize Rafa's amphetamine use, or does it show that it's creating even more problems than needing to stay awake all the time?
Did the sex and violence seem excessive, or was it necessary for the story? Why?
- On DVD or streaming: June 15, 2022
- Cast: Alex Monner, Begona Vargas, Carlos Bardem
- Director: Daniel Calparsoro
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 89 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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