A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dialogue (from a villain) about how capitalism and greed have destroyed our country and about how it's cruel to incarcerate people as a punishment. Discussion about "the good guys" crossing the line to kill villains, and whether that's acceptable.
Positive Role Models
Most characters here have troubling aspects, but Captain Shae, even though her part isn't huge, is always trying to make the best decision possible, showing strength and a moral code. Heroes work together to stop the bombings and save the city.
Most characters are White males. Supporting character Captain Shae (Miranda Edwards) is a strong, moral Black woman. Another character is temporarily using a wheelchair and is seen doing physical therapy. A White character has an Asian-presenting son, suggesting that he's biracial (or adopted).
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and shooting, with characters shot and killed. Character shot through the face. Blood spatter/spurts. Dead bodies, pools of blood. Bombs and explosions. Innocent characters caught in explosions. Molotov cocktail, Christmas tree on fire. Grenades. Guards beating prisoners with batons. Brief prison riot. Character chained up by wrists and beaten. Video of character's wife and young daughter tied up and threatened. Fighting, punching. Person hit in head with pipe. Police make violent arrests. Threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong but infrequent sex-related dialogue.
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Extremely strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "c--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "ass," "damn," "pissed off." "Christ" used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is referred to as a "drug addict"; he detoxes in prison, and viewers see a flashback to him rubbing powder onto his gums. Group of characters drink beers together. Main character drinks a beer in a bar. Brief cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Detective Knight: Redemption is the second movie in a Bruce Willis action trilogy. Set at Christmastime, it's about an attempt to stop a squad of bombers dressed in Santa suits. Violence includes guns and shooting, killings, blood spurts/spatters, bombs and explosions, grenades, people being beaten with batons, a character hung by the wrists and beaten, fighting and punching, a woman and a young girl in peril, and more. Extremely strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," and more. There's also brief but strong sex-related dialogue. A character is referred to as a "drug addict" and appears to be detoxing while in prison; a flashback shows him rubbing powder on his gums. In other scenes, characters drink beer socially and briefly smoke cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The second movie in Willis' farewell action trilogy features even less of its star player this time, and while the tricks and cheats used to film around him sometimes work, they too often don't. Detective Knight: Redemption mainly relies on two characters from Detective Knight: Rogue, former athletes-turned-robbers Casey and Mercer. Somehow Mercer appears just fine after being lethally shot near the end of the last movie, although that probably has something to do with the fact that actor Large is also this movie's co-writer. (He wrote himself back to life.) Happily, we also get a good new character in Shea. And Paul Johansson's fire-and-brimstone Conlan is actually a not-too-shabby villain.
For his few scenes, Willis often listens stoically as others talk to him, and then he goes out to "do his thing" for most of the movie's middle section; no one knows where he is or what he's doing, and we don't see much of him, but he comes back with clues. (The mayor knows something!) Honestly, the story in Detective Knight: Redemption isn't too bad, and the movie has fun with its Christmastime setting, but, once again, director/co-writer Edward Drake (let's not forget he made Cosmic Sin) is simply too limited by either budget or skill (or both) and is certainly hamstrung by the need to work around Willis' real-life aphasia. Every time the movie starts to get good for a second, some flaw in the fabric ruins it. For a good Willis Christmas movie, I think we all know where to look instead.
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