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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Finding a way to be brave in the face of danger.
Positive Role Models
Yehia is a brilliant college student who is also bullied and ignored due to being shy. After a crime against his family, he creates a crime-fighting robot but learns to find strength and bravery from within.
Egyptian superhero movie.
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Violence & Scariness
A man in police custody is shown beaten and bloodied. Sci-fi and action movie violence throughout. The lead character's father is pistol-whipped before his home is robbed and set on fire; he dies. Attempted suicide -- a man tries to set himself on fire. Fighting with grenades, assault rifles, and rocket launchers. Villains hijack a train. The lead character is briefly bullied while walking across campus.
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Products & Purchases
Billboards and signage for Hype Energy Drink appear everywhere.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mousa is a 2022 Egyptian sci-fi action movie in which a shy college student creates a crime-fighting robot to take on the men who killed his father. Expect some sci-fi and action movie violence, including fighting with the giant robot as it takes on the villains, who fight with assault rifles, grenades, and rocket launchers. A character attempts suicide by setting himself on fire. A man is pistol-whipped by men who have broken into his house; he then dies after the men set his house on fire. Train hijacking. Cigarette smoking. Brief profanity ("bastard"). In Arabic, with English subtitles. 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 is a decent if uneven Egyptian sci-fi action movie. Mousa is about a vigilante robot controlled by a shy but brilliant engineering student named Yehia who's trying to learn courage after being too stricken with fear to rescue his father from gangsters who break into their home, set the home on fire, and kill the father. In response, Yehia creates Mousa, a giant robot who fights crime all over Cairo, much to the chagrin of the corrupt officials in the pay of the crime bosses who pay them.
There are some side stories involving a love interest and a soul mate, and this melodrama gets in the way of the action instead of heightening the story. As the story goes on, it gets to be more and more uneven, and the only real thread worth hanging on to concerns whether or not Yehia will learn what it means to be brave without the help of VR headgear and giant vigilante robots. It's enough to get to the end, but just barely.
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