A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Sarah is bored but curious and thinks quickly in order to salvage a difficult situation. Her parents love her, and Sarah loves and respects them too much to disappoint them.
The cast is Saudi, and the main character is a woman, but all other representations are quite conventional.
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Violence & Scariness
Some violence, blood, injury detail, and scary images. A man goes into a hospital and shoots people with an assault rifle. A man is suffering as his leg wounds are tended to; deep bloody gashes and cuts are shown on his leg. A man cuts the throat of a young camel, and blood sprays everywhere. Some men assault an ice cream truck driver, tormenting him, threatening him with a makeshift mini-flame thrower (a lighter and an aerosol can), and mess up his ice cream truck. A demonic camel with a bloody mouth and cuts all over its face terrifies a woman in the desert. The camel slams her against a car multiple times and stomps on her multiple times. An explosion rocks a building while people outside look on. Some injured victims stumble around, looking for paramedics. A boy hits another boy in the eye with the flat part of a play sword.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A young woman and her boyfriend sneak out to the desert together without telling the woman's disapproving parents. The woman later walks in on her boyfriend possibly cheating on her with someone else (the room is pitch black) and walks out in disgust.
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Strong language includes "s--t," "pr--k," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "douche bag," "piss," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Brief references to Google, Samsung, and Twitter.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes often. The main characters drink some sort of hallucinogen and "trip" a little bit. A man is scared police will catch him and his "drugs" (a baggie of unspecified white powder). People comment that there are "drugs" at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naga is a Saudi dramatic thriller. The film begins with some brutal and bloody violence when a man with an assault rifle shoots many people in a hospital. Some injury detail and bloody scenes show occasional violence, like when a man is carried into a room needing medical attention because of deep gashes and cuts on his leg. A man cuts the throat of a young camel, and blood sprays everywhere. Men terrorize an ice cream truck vendor. Men chase a woman. A demonic camel assaults and stomps on a woman. Adults smoke cigarettes fairly often. The main characters drink some sort of hallucinogen and "trip" a little bit. Some adults smoke hookahs (water pipes). People comment that a party "has drugs." A man hides a bag of "drugs" (a baggie of unspecified white powder) in the sand after being pulled over by police. Strong language includes "s--t," "pr--k," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "douche bag," "piss," and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The performances are pretty good, but a long runtime and some sudden tonal shifts hold back this thriller. Beginning with a bloody burst of violence, Naga certainly wants to set an ominous tone. But the reason why it starts with an assault rifle-wielding man shooting people in a hospital isn't clearly articulated. Sure, the father of the main character, Sarah, was a baby in the hospital at the time, but beyond this connection, it isn't clear what this is meant to mean. The same goes for the demonic camel that periodically terrorizes Sarah throughout her adventure, although, admittedly, the camel is the most interesting and compelling element of the film. Everything else that happens seems to be excessive, drawn out, and largely unneeded. A lot of the drama around getting to the party and around the party itself is drawn out a bit too much, and the boyfriend is quickly and easily cast aside when the plot needs it.
And finally, when Sarah's climactic final race back to the city begins, it feels a bit unintentionally haphazard, even if this final act is more than welcome at that point. Up until then, it feels like there has been simply too much thrown at the wall, without even seeing what sticks: a drug-induced hours-long trip, random petty criminals assaulting an ice cream truck vendor, a camel fight, a false poet, a boyfriend betrayal, an ex-girlfriend, a police chase, a savior ice cream truck vendor, a building explosion, and so on. By the end, it's hard not to wish that this film was simply and purely a demonic camel slash killer monster movie.
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