A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Riot scenes between SWAT-team police and squatters who are being forced out of the shopping arcade where they ran their businesses. Fighting with billyclubs, Molotov cocktails, broken glass, kicking, and punching. After smashing out the windows of her restaurant, thugs shove a woman backwards, causing her to hit her head on the curb and die. One of the lead antagonists is violently beaten up by the henchmen of another lead antagonist; he's shown knocked down, kicked, and punched repeatedly in the face until he is bloody. Lead character develops the ability to move objects with the power of his mind and gestures, throws bad guys around, knocking them into walls and each other. He knocks himself into buildings and falls to the pavement while learning to fly. He smashes and throws vehicles and other large objects.
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Frequent profanity. "F--k," "f--kers," "bulls--t," "p--sy," "p--cks," "bastards," "bitch," "hell," "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Beer and alcohol drinking. Lead character appears and acts drunk. Character makes reference to friends buying illegal drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Psychokinesis is a 2018 Korean movie about a man who uses his newfound telekinetic powers to help his estranged daughter fight back against an evil construction corporation. There are many riot scenes in which riot police clash with small business owners who are being forcibly evicted from their places of business in a shopping arcade -- fighting with clubs, Molotov cocktails, kicks, punches. Thugs shove a woman to the pavement, where she hits her head on the curb and dies. A woman driving a van tries to run over these thugs to stop them from destroying her restaurant. One of the lead antagonists is graphically shown getting kicked and punched repeatedly by the henchmen of another antagonist -- he's punched repeatedly in the face until he's bruised and bloody. There's also action/superhero violence -- the lead character with the telekinetic powers throws bad guys into walls and each other. He knocks himself into buildings and falls to the pavement while learning to fly. He smashes and throws vehicles and other large objects. Profanity often used, including "f--k." Lead character shown getting drunk. Cigarette smoking. Movie in Korean 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?
With its stylized violence and offbeat humor, this couldn't be anything but a Korean film. The seriousness of a father trying to make amends with his estranged daughter, as well as the concerns of outside interests gentrifying bastions of Korean society, are counterbalanced by the playful bumbling of Seong-ryong Ryu's reluctant superhero, who is initially too obtuse to realize the ramifications of the gift he has been given after drinking mountain spring water that had been hit by a comet the night before. The harsh behavior of nearly all the antagonists is offset by their stupid klutziness.
All these elements should clash but somehow they don't. The result is a fun and engaging action movie. The fight sequences and the absurdity set this apart from other movies in which characters either have or develop telekinetic powers. The many ways in which Seok-hyeon throws, lifts, and slams the bad guys is creative, and the utter ridiculousness of one of the squatters who is fighting for his life telling Seok-hyeon how he needs to be the next Uri Geller and become internationally famous adds to the sheer entertainment value. Psychokinesis is an enjoyable movie for mature teens and up.
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