A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good triumphs over evil. Ruthlessness and brute strength win.
Positive Role Models
Hero is on the side of right. He's resourceful, powerful, brave, and stoic. While some women are forces to be reckoned with, most are seductive, perverse, and brutal. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
All manner of weaponry and death. Characters are stabbed, crushed, mutilated, killed by gunfire, explosion, hand-to-hand combat. Purposeful decapitations, impalement, dismemberment. Blood spurts and flows. Wild, riotous, uncontrollable crowds incite violence throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Both partial (breasts) and full-frontal nudity. Women are predominantly seductive, sexual objects and, at the same time, promote violent emotions and violent acts. Pole dancing to the extreme.
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Continuous, countless uses of profanity: "s--t," "p---y," "goddamn," "bitch," "d--k," and all forms of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol use and drunkenness are prevalent. Characters drink from glasses, slug from bottles. Cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death Race Beyond Anarchy is the fourth movie in a series that began in 2008 with Death Race, starring Jason Statham, a remake of 1975's Death Race 2000, in which a violent road race to the death is the preeminent entertainment in a dystopian society. In this latest entry, a stoic newcomer to the largest privately-run prison in the world, "The Sprawl," attempts to win the upcoming Death Race and dethrone the prison's diabolical leader. Violence, brutality, sexuality, and profanity are in central focus from beginning to end. Countless deaths are caused by gunfire, explosions, knifings, decapitation, and savage hand-to-hand combat. Cameras focus on bloody corpses, dismemberment, and out-of-control beatings to the death. While some women take part in the violent action, others are set up as sex objects, writhing in a strip club, exposing themselves (both breasts and full-frontal nudity) and lasciviously seductive. Continuous profanity is heard throughout (i.e., "bastard," "s--t," "p---y," and infinite uses of "f--k" in many forms). Drinking and drunkenness are frequent. Note: Death Race Beyond Anarchy has been released in two versions. One has earned an MPAA "R" rating (strong violence and language throughout, nudity and sexual content). This reviewer's screener is Not Rated, announcing on the cover that it's "Unrated & Unhinged." No kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Mobs screaming for blood, vicious battles between brutal men and women with nothing to lose, and a lone warrior, slashing his way to dominance, are at the center of this dark, loathsome tale. The prison population is equal parts Goth, skinhead, gang thug, and sex-crazed obsessive. The conquering hero is a Richard Gere look-alike who is quite successful at selling his bravery, hidden decency, and audacity. The villain is a holdover from the earlier episodes of the franchise -- ruthless, smart, and always compelling. So much for character building in Death Race Beyond Anarchy. Carnage, profanity, and provocative sexuality is everything else.
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