A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Reminder that, in an increasingly machine-driven world, humanity needs love and connection to thrive. The harmful actions we take toward others will never leave us.
Positive Role Models
Characters express humanity of their experience and regret their choices, but many have made iffy choices in their past and pursue questionable ends.
Film takes place in a futuristic Asian metropolis. Lead actress is Vietnamese, and people of color appear in supporting and background roles. Other main characters are White men. English, Cantonese, and Vietnamese are spoken with occasional subtitles for all languages.
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Violence & Scariness
Assassinations, including shootings at close range. Person struck by a vehicle. Guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance, kissing, suggestion that a couple had sex. Veiled implication that a character is a sex worker or escort. Female-appearing robots serve as sex workers; main character hires one for nonsexual interaction.
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One use of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking throughout by an aspirational character. Drinking from the bottle. Scene set at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Expired is an intentionally slow-paced sci-fi romance about an assassin (Ryan Kwanten) and a club singer (Jillian Nguyen) in a dystopian corporate world. Iffy content is consistently minimized: Yes, guns are used and Jack is an assassin, but his hits are quick and bloodless, and sometimes the targets turn out to be androids. Situations that normally signal sex -- e.g., two people getting in bed together -- do carry intimacy, but it's about comfort, and nothing more happens than sleep. Similarly, a woman's job as a private club singer carries the suggestion that she's a sex worker, but, again, nothing is ever spelled out. Themes relate to the importance of human connection and the idea that negative actions we take against others stay with us. Strong language only crops up once: a disappointed use of "f--k." The story references parental abandonment, and characters smoke and drink. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Australian writer-director Ivan Sep pulls off an unusual feat here: He's created an action movie you can fall asleep to. With subtitled poetic transitions, whispery voices, and slow deliberate movements, Expired is sci-fi ASMR. A butterfly is central to the plot, and it appears that Sep is creating an experience equal to watching that insect: It's a very beautiful, quiet, comforting experience -- even the assassinations have a calming effect. The issue with that approach is that there's a mystery at the heart of the plot, and by the time the reveal comes along, sleepy brains may not comprehend the magnitude of what's being expressed.
The film seems to be asking the question, What if we remade Blade Runner but made it less interesting? Expired's neon-drenched, Asian atmosphere with humanoid robots that seem a lot like replicants makes it impossible not to think of Ridley Scott's 1982 noir epic. Unfortunately, the last thing most moviegoers want is to watch a piece of work that constantly reminds them of a better piece of work. Messages are soft, and actors seem to have been instructed to perform without much emotion. Overall, there's just not much to take away. Like a butterfly, Expired captures your attention for a moment and then flutters away.
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