A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
After confronting and examining a painful past, it may be possible to restore growth and hope.
Positive Role Models
Guilt-ridden, unstable heroine is forced to process events in her past. As she deals with them, she calls upon unrealized courage, her survival instincts, and determination.
Violence & Scariness
Moody and suspenseful throughout. Infrequent violent scenes: a woman falls to her death; a man drowns; a bloody struggle. A character recounts violent acts that happened in her childhood. Mild earthquakes occur.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing and foreplay; sexual intercourse; nudity (full-frontal wide shots).
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Occasional profanity, including: "f--k," "ass," "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
References to Sapporo beer and Olympus camera.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink in social situations (beer, whiskey). A police officer smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Earthquake Bird is a dark, moody psychological thriller based on the novel by Susanna Jones. As the uncooperative heroine, a European expat living in Japan, is questioned by Tokyo police about the disappearance of an American woman, the story is revealed in layered flashbacks and memories from her past. Every scene is infused with a sense of mystery and foreboding. The character notes early on that "Death follows me," and there are violent or disturbing images that confirm that: a fall, a dead body floats in a river, a bloody, brutal fight. Viewers will witness passionate intercourse with partial nudity, as well as wide shots of nude people entering a pool (including full-frontal nudity). Sexual tension is an underlying feature of the film. Occasional profanity is heard, i.e. "ass," "s--t," and "f--k." Alcohol is consumed by adults in social situations (beer, whiskey); a police officer smokes cigarettes. Mature teens only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this story framed by what may be a cruel murder, director Wash Westmoreland chooses to keep his camera on Alicia Vikander's intelligent and radiant performance; that decision serves him well. Ably supported by the other members of the cast, Vikander gives Earthquake Bird its dramatic heft. Patience is required at times because the film moves slowly. It feels, occasionally, as if the viewer is already steps ahead of the filmmaking team. But, with its credible, original backstory revealed bit by bit, and the emotional investment the heroine inspires, it's worth a look for older teens and adults.
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