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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Personal revenge isn't as important as helping others in need.
Positive Role Models
The main character works job involves helping others in trouble, but his main motivation is personal interest, and he treats others badly at nearly every turn.
Violence & Scariness
Mentions of a father hitting a child and breaking his arm. A scary figure attacks a boy; they fight, and the boy breaks the attacker's neck (attacker dies). Children in jeopardy. Bloody wounds; a man plunges hand into open wound. Car crash, with bloody injuries and dead bodies. Fighting, punching, choking. Knife to throat (a man slashes his own throat). Fall from height. Killings. Jump-scares. Frightened shrieking. Scary stuff. Arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man fondles a woman in a bar. Reference to a "whorehouse." Skimpy outfits.
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One use of "f--k," plus sporadic uses of "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "frickin'," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character drinks from a flask and drinks a shot of whisky in a bar. A half-empty glass of wine is shown on a woman's bedside stand. Reference to a man being "out getting drunk." Car crash caused by a drunk driver. Reference to a "heroin addict."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Incarnate is a horror movie about a man who goes into the minds of demon-possessed people to help them. There's a lot of violence, and much of it is pretty intense. Characters fight, and there are bloody wounds, killings, a throat slashing, a violent car crash (the result of a drunk driver), scary scenes, and a child in jeopardy. A father is said to have accidentally hurt his son, breaking his arm; a boy fights an attacker and breaks his neck, killing him. Language includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," and more. A man gropes a woman in a bar, and a "whorehouse" is mentioned. Characters drink (in bars or from flasks) every so often, but no one is drunk, and there are no consequences. There's a reference to a "heroin addict." 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 horror movie tries to set itself apart from other demon-possession movies by inventing an interesting new mythology, but eventually it gets tired, bogged down and lost in its own rule book. Eckhart tries his best in the lead role as a scruffy, wheelchair-bound man who's lost everything, but his efforts seem to exist in a void. No one else in Incarnate seems to have even shown up for work, certainly not director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas), who mainly seems intent on keeping the horrors from stretching beyond the PG-13 realm.
Peyton includes a few jump-scares in the film, as well as some digitally enhanced black eyeballs, and he has his actors stare in disbelief as "amazing" visual effects happen before them. Aside from Dr. Ember, the other characters never seem to know what they're doing or what the most realistic, emotional choice might be. It's lazy, uninspired work; perhaps, after this and I, Frankenstein, it might be wise for Eckhart to stay away from horror and opt to things like Sully instead.
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