Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Muddled Pacino mystery has serial-killer violence.

R 2017 98 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

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age 16+

An Enjoyable Crime/Thriller Too Short For Greatnesses

“Hangman” is a crime/thriller by Johnny Martin that stars Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow. The story is a homicide detective teams up w/ a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer who’s killings are inspired by the kids game; Hangman. I was a bit concerned when I first heard of this film because the director’s only recognisable film is “Vengeance: A Love Story” which is another straight to DVD Nicolas Cage film. Also cause for concern was both the talented Al Pacino and talented Karl Urban have been appearing in quite a few straight-to-DVD movies and waistline their talents. When I watched this film I was pleasantly surprised at how not terrible it was. I mean there is no memorable antagonist like in other serial killer films such as “Copycat” (1995) or “SE7EN” (1995) but luckily enough two out of the three leads are very well acted. Al Pacino and Karl Urban still manage to give good performances even despite the average material. Brittany Snow’s performance is actually quite lacklustre, very flat and one note. The violence in this film is mainly off-screen but hanging bodies can be quite disturbing to see. A woman slits her wrist graphically which can both disturbing and distressing to watch if you’ve know someone who has committed suicide. Numerous post violence scenes that often are decently graphic. There are also scenes of struggles as the killer attempts to subdue his impending victims. Swearing is your typical R rated amount w/ two or three dozen f-words, a load of b-words and s-words. It’s nothing on a Scorcese or Tarantino level but it’s definitely not PG-13. There is female nudity throughout the film but primarily on the victims corpses and nothing deliberately sexualising. The film is all up a decently good film but nothing amazing and nothing great. This film could of been a hell of a lot better if it was longer and developed the killer or at least the twist more. I’d give it a 6.3/10 mainly due to the two male leads and it’s entertainme factor. This film while not extremely graphic has quite a few disturbing scenes and these scenes as well as the coarse language is why I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone under 16 years old.

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Too much violence
age 16+

pretty dog

I’m only 16 and I can’t see the god awful acting from a mile away. It’s almost laughable. but please do watch, if you want a good laugh

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