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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Over-simplified drama takes hard look at torture.

Movie R 2007 121 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+


This was a good film but very depressing and dark. It makes you think and feel for the characters. It is not very action packed and sometimes slow moving. If you're up for something quite sad yet disturbing, this is it. There is a lot of anger in this story. The ending was better than I had expected though still sad. There is some subtitles throughout this movie including the opening scenes. Violence is very heavy and frightening which includes bombings, explosions, a gory shooting, major torture, brutal beatings including being electrocuted, disturbing photos, killings and dead bodies. Sexual content has kissing, a woman in a towel and a half naked man make-out in a bathroom, more kissing, implied nudity but nothing sensitive shown. Language includes "f' words throughout. There's drinking, smoking including cigars and a drug scene although I don't remember seeing it (obviously not graphic). Great acting! The story is intense so I would not recommend viewers under 16.
age 15+

Great movie.

Rated R for torture/violence and language

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Anguished and well-meaning, this film raises questions concerning American use of torture. While it represents the dire threat of jihadist terrorism (here, a suicide bomb in an unidentified North African city that kills civilians and a CIA agent), Gavin Hood's film also challenges the effectiveness of torture as a way to fight back. But the overly simplified story focuses solely on the moral agonies and stubborn heroism of white U.S. citizens, mainly the very visible struggles of significantly named Freeman , while the film's most compelling plot about the Abasi family's struggles takes a back seat.

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