A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The ultimate takeaway is that therapy is nonsense, and we're better off without medication and just appreciating who we are -- but when the "hero" is a cold-blooded killer who lacks empathy or remorse, this is a seriously flawed message. Also promotes fatal violence as a positive and masculine resolution.
Positive Role Models
A character has put in a lot of hard work on a personal level to make positive change and be someone he and his family can be proud of. No one rises to "role model" status, but a couple of people see D as more than a rap sheet. And a psychiatrist makes himself available at all hours to help a patient.
Main characters are White men. But a Black sheriff demonstrates bravery, and a female detective leads an investigation.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence is graphic and gratuitous, including a lot of gun use. Shootouts, people shot at close range in cold blood. Stabbings. Physical fights. Falls. Torture. Storyline justifies main character's violence.
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Pervasive strong language includes "a--hole," "bastard," "prick," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "what the hell," and repeated use of "f--k." Also insults like "idiot" and "moron" and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation. In addressing the lead character's psychiatric disorder, others throw around ableist terms like "crazy," "insane," and "nut job."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking, including glasses of straight vodka. Lead character is taking anti-psychotic medication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dangerous is a violent action crime thriller about a paroled killer named Dylan "D" Forrester (Scott Eastwood) who's working to overcome psychiatric issues. Problematically, it promotes fatal violence as a positive and masculine resolution to problems. D is actively working with a therapist (Mel Gibson) and taking anti-psychotic medication. But when his brother dies and an intruder breaks into his house, he comes up with a new plan: He'll beat and torture them, but keep them alive. (And, believe it or not, that scenario is intended to be funny in an off-kilter way.) The ultimate takeaway is that therapy is nonsense, and we're better off without medication and just appreciating who we are -- but when the "hero" is a cold-blooded killer who lacks empathy or remorse, this is a seriously flawed message. Expect graphic gun violence, stabbings with bloody gore, fights, and more, as well as smoking, drinking, and strong language throughout ("f--k," "s--t," etc.). 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 suspense in this action film is intended to fill viewers with dread -- and it works: It's dreadful. Many questions arise while watching, such as "Who thought this was a good idea?" And, to the screenwriter, "Who hurt you?" D is an ex-military mercenary whose antisocial personality disorder leads him to find pleasure in killing. But he's got it under control with the help of his psychiatrist, who apparently only has the one patient, since he's at his desk all day and night to answer D's calls. Eastwood plays D as a sort of machine incapable of understanding human interactions; he barely changes facial expressions or intonation and lacks the ability to communicate clearly. But he's also apparently as sharp as a tack?
Dangerous is a perfect storm of bad writing, bad acting, and bad directing. And it's a total celebration of violence. The storyline is meant to encourage viewers to root for a "reformed" psychopath to kill villains instead of disabling them; the implication is that it's far more efficient and practical to totally eliminate threats. There's a world in which this same script could be an absurdist comedy, a satire of shoot-'em-up action films, but the tone is all off, and director David Hackl doesn't have the necessary skills to make that happen. Instead, this is a film for the bloodthirsty, a thrill for anyone who gets satisfaction from watching someone bleed out in volume. It's reckless entertainment, and parents should see the film's title as a warning label.
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