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Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sci-fi fantasy has graphic violence, peril, language.

Movie PG-13 2023 135 minutes
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire movie poster: Sofia Boutella leads a band of rebels.

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Families should keep in mind that this is PG-13 content, but that two scenes of sexual assault could be triggering and that you can skip both without missing important plot details. I liked the aesthetic and the film wasn't as Star Wars-derivative as I had heard (it felt like the first two acts of Rogue One but without the distinct elements of the Star Wars series). I also see why the film was poorly received and I agree that the pacing should've been better and that not every character has been fleshed out yet. It's like watching the first half of the Snyder Cut, as Part Two has yet to be released, but I highly doubt it'll be as great as the Snyder Cut was. Still, it's not worth skipping unless you're sensitive to SA in films. Content: Sequences of Violence: Strong. Characters are struck on the head by the villain's club/walking stick, resulting in brief puffs of blood. In one scene, a man's bloody teeth fly out of his mouth upon receiving a heavy blow to his face. There are also sequences in which people are beaten, stabbed, and slashed. A restrained man is stabbed in the head with a captive bolt device. A restrained woman is threatened with paralysis when the same bolt device is fastened to her neck (an x-ray shows the needle between her neck bones). A man is stabbed in the chest by a bird monster. A villain's wrist is fractured. An alien king is beaten with a club and horn-like sections of his head fly off (there is no blood). Sexual assault: A young woman is grabbed by soldiers and sexually threatened and assaulted with forced kissing in a scene that includes spoken sexual threats. However, the sexual assault is interrupted when the protagonist fights to save her, although the protagonist herself is also briefly, verbally threatened with sexual assault. A man is briefly sexually threatened and assaulted in a bar when his crotch is grabbed. Bloody images: In a relatively brief overhead shot, a man is dragged along a bloody path. There are images of people with bloody faces and clothes. A man's skin is torn open and he has tubes put inside of it, brief but bloody. A bloody splatter is seen on the wall of an invaded city in a flashback. Language: 5 uses of s**t, 4 uses of b**ch, 2 uses of bast*rd, 1 use of wh*re, 1 use of a*s, 1 use of pr*ck. Little language at the start with the majority of these being used in the second half. Sexual material: There are brief mentions of sex in a scene where a leader discusses his belief that intercourse or procreation will stimulate and encourage greater crop yields. Partial nudity: There is a non-sexual scene of a partly nude, unconscious man with his buttocks exposed as attempts are made to revive him.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
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The first of two planned entries in a new franchise for Netflix makes for an accomplished visual spectacle, but the characters and scenarios are more predictable than likely intended. Much about Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire feels pulled directly out of the Star Wars universe. Technical innovations have improved the way new worlds can be brought to life in sci-fi and fantasy forays, and Rebel Moon packs some impressive sequences, costuming, effects, and general visual experiences. The problem comes more from the feeling that for all its technical prowess, the story lacks soul. You've seen it all before. Of course, the reality of franchise-driven Hollywood is that many audiences desire familiarity and predictability.

Rather than the more mythical journeys of its obvious inspirations, like the Skywalkers or Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Rebel Moon pulls its otherworldly characters down to our level and motivates them by basic human interests like childhood traumas, absentee families, and sexual desire. This certainly makes them easy to understand, but it also feels a little humdrum and less epic than the invented worlds and mega-production suggest. There's something very outdated as well in video game-inspired fight scenes and especially the macho posturing of soldiers, including attempted sexual aggressions.

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