A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages. Movie is really only about possessing a "MacGuffin" that characters seem to think is worth killing for.
Positive Role Models
Half-drawn characters who are all violent, with no real consequences and no real morals. There's some teamwork, although one team member betrays the others.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and shooting. Blood spurts and bloody wounds. Neck slicing. Stabbing. Many killed, including some heroic characters. Woman hit with gun butt. Fighting, kicking, punching. A woman physically subdues a man who tries to "come on" to her. Battle scars.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are objectified; some wear revealing clothing. A man stares at a woman's bottom in a bar.
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Frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch/son of a bitch," "bastard," and "hell," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bar (beer and shots).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hard Kill is an uninspired, unimaginative action movie starring Bruce Willis and Jesse Metcalfe about efforts to stop a terrorist from stealing special tech to create a weapon. Expect lots of guns and shooting, with blood spurts, bloody wounds, neck slicing, stabbing, fighting, punching, and kicking. Characters die, including some who are sympathetic. A man tries to come on to a woman in a bar -- he ogles her revealing outfit and her bottom -- and she physically subdues him. Women are somewhat objectified. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and more. There's some social drinking in a bar (beers and shots). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Clunky dialogue, lazy exposition, stiff acting, wobbly camerawork, a dull villain, and a ridiculous situation are just part of what awaits viewers in this astoundingly bad action movie. Willis re-teams with director Matt Eskandari after their equally bad Survive the Night for a movie that feels like it could have been put together by a computer and churned out on a factory assembly line. Even the title, Hard Kill, seems randomly slapped together, stolen from other movie titles (including, perhaps not coincidentally, Willis' own Die Hard).
The entire setup requires the heroes to be easily fooled into becoming "the cavalry" for Chalmers -- and on Eva simply walking up to the Pardoner (whose nickname sounds like "partner" when spoken fast) and pretty much asking to be kidnapped. Also, the whole thing is about ... a passcode? It seems as if, for an evil genius, there might be an easier way to go about this, and all so he can turn the device "into a weapon." Hard Kill is just all so numbingly impersonal and unimaginative, and even Willis -- who at least gets to do more here than he did in Survive the Night -- just looks tired and spent, so very far away from his best work.
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