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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's a certain amount of problem-solving here, with characters using ingenuity to overcome their challenging situation. But ultimately, the movie becomes all about the revenge and the violence.
Positive Role Models
Jim Rhodes is a problem solver, crafty and cunning, and knows his way around the woods. He knows how to bide his time and play his cards well. However, when the time comes, he simply pulls out as many weapons as he can and kills all his opponents out of revenge. Likewise, his spunky daughter Kim has some strong characteristics, but spends most of the film as a victim, being slapped around and nearly raped.
Violence & Scariness
A twenty-something woman is kidnapped, and one character attempts to rape her. In addition, she is often manhandled, shoved around, and slapped. Otherwise, there are lots of guns, as well as several other different weapons, including a bow and arrow, spears, a Taser, and a collapsible baton. There are fighting scenes, shootings, stabbings, blood, and dead bodies. A character dies in a fiery explosion, we see brains blown out and hear breaking bones.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing in an early scene, and a girl casually switches her amorous affections from one man to another during the course of the film.
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Severe, constant language including dozens of uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bitch," "Goddamn," "hell," "ass," "p--y," "c--k," and "c--ksucker."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The heroes discover a meth lab during the movie's opening scene. The bad guys drink champagne to celebrate a successful heist. A minor character smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hunt to Kill is an incredibly violent, direct-to-DVD action movie starring former pro wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It also features very strong, almost constant language (especially "f--k"), and it seems to showcase violence against women, including one attempted rape. There's also a scene involving drug dealers and a meth lab. Teen fans of Austin will want to see this, but younger teens should be warned away. 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 Steve Austin movie is a good deal simpler and more streamlined than his earlier attempts, incorporating elements from action franchises like Rambo and Die Hard. The setup isn't bad, showing the Austin character's backstory, as well as introducing an interesting band of mismatched criminals, each with a particular skill or personality trait. The "deep-in-the-woods" premise offers endless possibility, and the whip-smart villain Banks (Gil Bellows, from Ally McBeal) keeps the heroes on their toes.
However, the filmmakers drop the ball, finding the quarry too early and leaving no room for anything but a brain-dead shoot-out. The setups for the fights are ludicrous, and coincidences and implausible events abound. The relationship between Jim and Kim is bizarre, with her choosing the strangest moments to throw tantrums, and the film has a sickening penchant for violence against women. Any goodwill conjured up in the first half is ultimately demolished.
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