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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is dedicated to indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people and depicts how resilient they are. Also shows how prison system seems to swallow them up, how the whole prison system is seriously flawed.
Positive Role Models
Maria is a positive role model in some ways -- becoming an outspoken activist for prison reform and against the death penalty. But she's also portrayed as someone whose life revolves around that of her husband.
Violence & Scariness
Several men are hung by the neck; image of bloody rope. One failed hanging, as the gallows breaks. Guns and shooting, characters shot/bleeding. Stabbing. Several scenes of fighting and punching. Character hit with blunt object. Man grabs woman in a threatening way. Severe, bloody wounds. Screaming. Explosion. A wife is forced to sleep with a man who's not her husband (not shown).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses, removes each other's clothes, has sex. Thrusting shown, no nudity. Revealing outfit.
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Uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "goddamn." Middle-finger gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer in a social setting. Smoking, sipping from glasses of whisky. Characters drink from a flask.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Imprisoned is an earnest, mature prison/revenge drama focused on the resilience of the Puerto Rican people. It includes sequences of people being hung by the neck, many scenes of brutal fighting/punching, stabbing, and guns/shooting, with blood spatters. A pregnant woman is shot, and a man grabs a woman in a threatening way. A married couple kisses, removes their clothing, and has sex; some thrusting is shown, but there's no graphic nudity. The wife is forced to have sex with another man; it's not shown. Language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and more. Characters drink beer socially in bars, sip whisky in offices, and use flasks. Cigarette smoking is shown. This drama has some good performances (particularly by co-star Laurence Fishburne), but it's also rather uninspired. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An earnest but uninspired attempt to tell a strong story about the Puerto Rican people, this prison/revenge drama comes across as a serious soap opera, flat and full of overly familiar elements. Imprisoned coasts along at an even keel, using montages to show the passing of time and shaky-cam for tense moments -- and telegraphing each dramatic moment miles in advance. The movie has no surprises except for a few times when it simply defies logic, oblivious to the way things really operate.
Fishburne at least seems to relish his villainous role, finding solid middle ground in which Calvin's treachery springs from a place of righteousness, rather than simple mustache-twisting meanness. And it's hard not to care for Maria and Dylan; they have lots of chemistry and a genuine goodness about them that's hard to resist. A handful of legendary character actors, like Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, and John Heard, have less to do, but their presence is nonetheless welcome. Overall, Imprisoned isn't so much a bad movie as it is flavorless.
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