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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Doctors help others even if the person being treated is considered to be the enemy.
Some diversity in cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Bloody fighting. War violence: explosions, dead bodies (including children), sniper fire, burning buildings. Fantasy violence throughout. Characters attempt to hijack a train wielding machine guns. Grenade explosions while characters fight on top of a train roof. Train derailment. Demonic imagery, particularly from a villain who eats his victims.
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Some strong language throughout, including "s--t," "a--hole," "pr--k," son of a bitch," "crap," "damn," "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Based on Japanese manga series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking, pipe smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar is a 2022 action-fantasy in which two brothers must fight back against a mysterious and vengeful alchemist. It's a sequel to Fullmetal Alchemist, but there's enough context for it to be enjoyed on its own; it's also based on the anime series. Expect fantasy violence and imagery, including fighting with spells, punches, kicks. Drowning, bloody injuries, grenade explosions, train derailments. There are also scenes of war violence, including scenes of dead bodies (some are children), explosions, sniper fire, burning buildings. Some nightmarish imagery, including a villain who eats his victims with fangs that emerge from his chest. Some strong language throughout, including "s--t," "a--hole," "pr--k," son of a bitch," "crap," "damn," "bastard." Cigarette and cigar smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an overly long and needlessly complicated action-fantasy. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar tries to do too much with the little time it has, even as it surpasses the two-hour mark. It's about, among other things, the horrors of war, the limits of revenge, charity at all costs. There are two central storylines, and both contain their fair share of backstories and exposition, with some flashbacks to the previous movie, 2017's Fullmetal Alchemist. You don't have to watch the previous movie to understand what's happening in this one, but that's not so much due to this movie standing on its own, but more because context doesn't really help things.
It makes the classic anime mistake of going into hydra-headed story threads that don't make distinctions between which ones are more important than the others. The main (the most main) story concerning the titular anti-hero Scar makes the most sense -- but more often than not this feels like two movies crammed into one. The action and fighting sequences have their moments, even if they're drowned in the proverbial CGI sauce of digital flames, smoke, and crushed streets and walls. Of course, it's not spoiling anything to say that there's a hint of a sequel; here's hoping the expected sequel has more focus.
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