A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Touches on many interesting themes, though none very deeply. It talks a little bit about faith: idea of proof vs. faith, questions of what faith actually is. Deals with good and bad; bad things happen, but perhaps doing a little good in the world can help balance things. Also deals a little with revenge and how, in the end, it achieves very little.
Positive Role Models
Though Eric manages some noble, heroic deeds, he's also responsible for a great deal of destruction and death. And he ultimately succumbs to anger, vengeance. Some good people try to help him, but their motivations aren't pure enough to make them role models.
Violence & Scariness
Character shot in head, with blood spray; bloody corpse shown. Teen dies from unknown cause and falls to the ground; corpse shown. A cop kneels on a woman's back to restrain her. Gun shown and fired. Characters die in crashes, accidents, fires, storms. Character with burns/scars all over skin. Shouting in rage/pain. Tense, shocking moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Infrequent language includes uses of "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mortal is a sci-fi/fantasy movie having to do with the Norse god Thor and a man with Thor-like powers. It's dour, chilly, and pretty far away from a Marvel movie, but it's intriguing and worth a look for mature viewers. Expect strong violence: A woman is shot in the head (with a blood spurt), and her bloody dead body is shown. A teen boy is also killed by unknown forces. He drops to the ground, and his dead body is seen. Other characters die through accidents, storms, fires, and crashes. A cop restrains a woman by putting his knee in her back. A gun is shown and fired. A character has dark burns/scars all over his body. There are also many scenes of strong shock or tension, as well as rage, pain, and screaming. Two characters kiss, and "hell" and "damn" are used infrequently. It's partly in Norwegian with English subtitles, and partly in spoken English. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Norwegian director Andre Ovredal's attempt to take back a certain Norse god from Hollywood and return him home has more unanswered questions than thrills, but it's also consistently intriguing. Partly in Norwegian with English subtitles and partly in spoken English, the chilly, icily paced Mortal is indeed something of a variation on Thor. While it wouldn't do to give up any of the movie's surprises, it's safe to say that it has as little to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable/Split/Glass trilogy does -- and it has an unexpectedly similar feel to those three films and their quiet sadnesses.
Mortal has a few big visual effects scenes and some small, beautiful ones, like a beam of sun in the middle of a rain shower, but many things are left to the imagination, such as a beautiful tree Eric describes seeing in a vision. The movie mainly seems interested in the choices that Eric will make -- i.e., will he behave as a god or as a man, and, more importantly, will he use his powers for good? The movie ends with the feeling that it could have dug a little deeper into its various themes, but the talented Ovredal's sure touch and strong sense of physical space and atmosphere bless the movie with enough small mysteries to make it worth seeing.
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