A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in grisly sequel.
Positive Role Models
Lead character cheats on her husband, other characters involved in a bizarre death cult.
Violence & Scariness
A man smothers a baby to death with a pillow while in the crib. Security camera footage shows a man committing suicide by putting a gun into his mouth and pulling the trigger. Photo of a dead body, stabbed and bloody. Woman commits suicide by slitting her throat with a large knife; blood. Character found dead with a pool of blood around his head. Woman murdered by being forced to swallow walnut shells; body found after the murder. Suicide by stabbing in the throat. Characters killed by gunfire. Character struck with a rod. One of the characters loses an eye and two fingers after a mishap with old explosives. Characters discover dozens of infant skeletons. Talk of human sacrifice.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity during sex scene -- female breast, buttocks. Kissing.
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"Motherf---er" used once. "F--k" used several times. Also: "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "dumbass," "smartass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Whiskey drinking in bar, wine drinking, no drunkenness. Talk of getting high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Offering to the Storm is a 2020 Spanish-German subtitled thriller in which a homicide detective looks into grisly murders, infanticide, and how these connect to a death cult. Based on a novel, this is the third movie in the "Baztan Trilogy," and the convoluted storyline isn't always easy to follow if you haven't seen the first two. A man is shown killing his infant in a crib by smothering the baby with a pillow. Characters shown committing suicide by a gun to the mouth, by slitting their throat with a large knife, and by stabbing themselves in the throat with a knife. Photos show a body found dead in a prison hallway, stabbed repeatedly. Character found murdered; pool of blood around their head. Character found murdered after dying from being forced to swallow walnut shells. Characters find the skeletons of dozens of dead infants. Talk of human sacrifice. One of the characters loses an eye and two fingers after trying to use old explosives. Brief nudity -- breast, female buttocks. Regular use of profanity, including "motherf---er" used once, and "f--k" used several times. Whiskey drinking in a bar, wine 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?
Even if the viewer has seen the previous two movies in the "Baztan Trilogy," this movie is still an overlong and convoluted story. Offering to the Storm is based on a novel, and while this kind of complexity is likely to work in book form, to try and include that level of detail in a movie results in a two-hour-and-eighteen-minute movie that constantly feels like it should be about 45 minutes shorter, at least. The plot includes, but isn't limited to: hippie cults that turned messianic and deadly as their followers (the ones who weren't killed) grew old and rich and successful, mysticism, a demon called "Inguma," the Church, infanticide, suicide, death by walnuts, the thorny legal issues involved in trying to exhume infant corpses from graves, and why you should never use old explosives under any circumstances. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is.
It's a textbook case of a movie trying to "kitchen sink" its way through a story, with plenty of gory violence included when the complexity of the story proves tedious. On top of that, somehow the lead character has time to have an affair while her husband and daughter, conveniently enough, must leave the country, and this affair seems altogether pointless and forced. Without the excess, repetition, and at least three of the subplots, Offering to the Storm might have been an enjoyable movie on its own terms, whether or not one had watched the previous two movies in the trilogy or not. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
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