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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While much of the film's action is depicted as being toward a greater good, the film is so violent and hard-bitten that it makes it hard to sift the good out from the bloody background. There's extensive discussion of corporate control, as the four multinational companies who run the world wage and fight wars.
Violence & Scariness
Constant, blood-spurting, sci-fi war violence, much of it perpetrated by hideous monsters. Explosions from artillery kill people; there are images of bloody field surgery, as well as dead and wounded bodies (including people shot in the head). The monsters use their clawed hands to kill, impale, and slash human beings, with the effects shown in blood-spurting, slow-mo close-up. Eviscerated human beings are seen dropping their guts to the ground. Limbs are lopped off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Crude discussion of sexual conduct. Soldiers imply that they'll take sexual advantage of a woman they're rescuing from certain death.
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Constant strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "bastards," "ass," "faggot," "motherf---er," "short hairs," "Christ," "pendejo," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent smoking; characters drink hard liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie in theaters and not the Director's Cut that's available on DVD. This violent sci-fi action movie is bloody, gory, and grim. A man kills a wounded comrade in arms at point-blank range; skulls are penetrated by monsters' inhuman claws; extensive swordplay means limbs and heads are lopped off with remarkable frequency -- and so on. Plus, the film's overall tone is bleak, with a resigned cynicism that both evokes the old-school war films and makes the film a bit of chore to watch. You can also expect constant strong language, some crude sex talk, smoking, and drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Shot with a computer-aided technique that evokes the stylish look of films like Sin City and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, MUTANT CHRONICLES has a high-tech look and style to spare. But the film's gory, tedious action makes it a bore. The melding of sci-fi ideas and retro-tough sensibility in the script (the team of soldiers is made up of cynics, survivors, and nihilists) also makes it tough to root for the suicide mission.
Director Simon Hunter's over-the-top violence and gore is also so excessive that it would almost be laughable if it weren't so grisly; the violence feels like a substitute for screenwriting and character development. Full of cliches and wholly unsurprising "surprises," Mutant Chronicles is dreary, dull, and shallow despite -- or perhaps because of -- its unrelenting gore.
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