A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Exposed is a grim police procedural intercut with a supernatural story about a young Dominican woman who sees apparitions or possibly ghosts. It has lots of mature content and themes, including rape, incest, drug dealing, child abuse, and murder. The rape scene includes facial expressions and sounds; a little girl bears bruises that appear to indicate sexual abuse at home. Characters are beaten, stabbing and shooting murders are shown on and off-screen, and a stabbed body is seen with blood on the shirt. Adults drink and smoke, and frequent strong language includes the "N" word, "f--k," and much more. A woman seduces a man, but the actual sex act isn't shown, and there's no nudity. A woman claims that she's been impregnated by "miracle."
What's the story?
Detective Scott Galban (Keanu Reeves), a depressed New York City cop still mourning the death of his wife, investigates his partner's murder. In the process, he learns of his partner's criminal doings -- and the police department's fear of what a thorough search may expose. This includes run-ins with Dominican drug dealers, who might be connected to the murder. Meanwhile, the movie's subplot follows a young Dominican teacher (Ana de Armas) as she encounters a supernatural albino man walking in the middle of the air near the subway tracks. Ultimately, the two stories merge.
Is it any good?
Heavy with unexplained symbolism, ghosts, angels, and other ethereal entities, this isn't quite as much of a mess as you might expect from a movie that the director disavowed. (Declan Dale is a pseudonym for Gee Malik Linton, who took his name off the movie.) The two competing plots -- the police investigation and the seemingly unconnected story about the Dominican teacher -- merge convincingly enough at the end. The real trouble here is that clichés and seen-it-before plotting follow the separate threads all the way through. A good Law & Order episode would outshine EXPOSED in both quality and originality.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why a police officer sworn to stop criminals might become one himself. What do movies about corrupt cops tend to have in common? What, if anything, do they teach us?
Do you think old memories can be awakened by new experiences?
- In theaters: January 22, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: March 29, 2016
- Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino
- Director: Declan Dale
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 102 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence including a sexual assault, and for language
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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