A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Anyone can break if they're pushed too far. The ends do not justify the means.
Positive Role Models
Juan is an anti-hero, not easy to get to know or easy to like. He ruthlessly does whatever is necessary to get the job done, no matter the cost to himself or others. Wendy is a good model of perseverance for working hard to achieve her dreams. Other characters are either villains or aren't well developed.
The cast all has light skin, playing Spanish characters, except one important character is Filipina and offers glimpses of an immigrant's experience in Spain.
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Violence & Scariness
A woman is grabbed from behind and forced into a van; struggling and crying imply attempted rape. Small amounts of blood dripping are shown from a woman breaking her own nose on a bathroom sink, fighting with punching and choking, and shooting with hand guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several simulated sex scenes. No sensitive body parts are shown except partial buttocks from behind, but thrusting, moaning, kissing, and caressing are shown with implied nudity. Several kisses. Mention of giving oral sex in the past.
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Translated from Spanish: "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----rs," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "dammit," "busting my balls," and verbal hostility.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A scene takes place in an abandoned building used as a drug den; people seen in background with pipes and lighters and background noises implying sex and violence. Several scenes take place in bars and nightclubs with background drinking. Adults and college-age young adults drink beer and wine while socializing. A character was addicted to drugs in the past. A minor plot point involves smuggling cocaine. Undercover agents pretend they want to buy speed as part of an operation. Adults seen smoking in the background; one minor character smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Code Name: Emperor is a drama in Spanish (with subtitles available) about an intelligence agent investigating smugglers and trying to dig up dirt on a squeaky-clean politician at the same time. There are several simulated sex scenes that don't show sensitive body parts but clearly imply sex and nudity with thrusting, moaning, kissing, and caressing. Strong language translated into English includes "f--k," "s--t," and "motherf----r." An extended scene takes place in a drug den with background action that implies mostly smoking drugs; background noises implying sex and violence add tension and scariness. Other scenes take place in bars and nightclubs and show background drinking. College-age young adults drink from beer bottles at home. Violence includes grabbing a woman from behind and forcing her into a van; her struggling and crying imply attempted rape. Small amounts of blood dripping are shown from a woman deliberately breaking her own nose on a bathroom sink. There's fighting with punching and choking, and shooting with hand guns. A minor character smokes, and some background smoking is seen. 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 is a decent but flawed drama that feels like it was aiming for "thriller" but just didn't quite get there. There's a lot of tension, and the atmosphere is dark, but there are some plot holes and some motivations or reasons behind things that are never explained, which make some aspects more puzzling than thrilling.
Although star Luis Tosar turns in a good performance, it's not his best, and this vehicle doesn't dig deeply enough into the character, even one that's hard to get to know on purpose, for the movie to work as a character study. But it's not a bad choice if you're in the mood for something serious but not too intense.
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