A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive themes of courage and resisting mistreatment are mixed in with displays of overwhelming violence.
Positive Role Models
Three characters demonstrate courage, risking their lives to save a friend. But most lie, steal, and mistreat others to serve their own interests.
All main characters are Mexican. But colorism is evident in the way that high and low socioeconomic statuses are stereotypically represented via degree of skin color. There is diversity related to gender and age. There is little diversity related to sexual orientation or ability. A central female character is at the heart of a cliched "damsel in distress" storyline.
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Violence & Scariness
Many characters are held at gunpoint and shot to the ground. Naked corpses. Other forms of violence include punching, shoving against the wall, beating with baseball bats, burning, body shocks, and hanging. Frequent sexual violence, including forced kissing, forced oral sex, and scenes of naked bodies being thrown to the ground, as well as hosed down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing and embracing. Non-sexual male and female full-frontal nudity.
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Occasional use of the words "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional drinking and cigarette smoking by adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Order is a gripping, dramatic thriller about class rebellion in Mexico. When the rebels take to the streets, they rape and pillage their way through affluent neighborhoods, kidnapping people and holding them hostage to collect ransom. When wealthy Marianne (Naian González Norvind) is captured, her loved ones risk their lives to save her. Expect graphic brutality and sexual violence throughout. Many characters are held at gunpoint and shot to the ground, and shots of naked corpses include bare breasts and buttocks. Other violence includes punching, rough shoving, beating with baseball bats, body shocks, burning, hanging, forced kissing, forced oral sex, and scenes of naked bodies being thrown to the ground and hosed down. Other mature content includes occasional use of words like "f--k" and "s--t," as well as drinking and cigarette smoking by adults. While some characters display perseverance and courage in the face of mistreatment, the movie's overwhelming themes are violence and cruelty. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At a time when the divide between classes is increasingly pronounced, this thriller explores a gripping, albeit gory, possibility of class warfare. Visually, New Order is slick and rich, the performances honest and gripping. On the surface, the story depicts a classic damsel in distress -- i.e. the blonde, light-skinned Marianne -- who needs rescuing. To save her life, the family needs to shell out a huge ransom, which they're willing to pay. But when the old man asked the family for far less to pay for the surgery that would save his wife's life, they weren't willing to give it to him, a situation that clearly suggests they don't think the lives of the poor are worth as much as the lives of the rich.
At first, there's something compelling about the poor taking what's owed to them in the form of jewelry and cash. But Marianne's mistreatment in captivity is violent and disturbing. And when it comes to the rebels repeatedly assaulting women (presumably, the affluent, light-skinned women they could never be with), it starts to feel fetishizing and overindulgent. But the story shifts when two lower-class house staffers are approached to facilitate Marianne's release. They bravely risk their lives to bring money through checkpoints to save the young woman they got to know and love while working at her family's house. That family, however, is mistrusting and prejudiced against them -- and so, unknowingly, against their own interests. In the end, these characters must ask themselves: Is there ever any benefit to helping the wealthy? And can trust be earned where there's no respect?
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