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Code Name: Emperor

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spanish spy drama has sex, violence, and drugs.

Movie NR 2022 106 minutes
A man walking and talking on a cell phone in a dark, tense atmosphere.

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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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