A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Main message is revenge, plain and simple. It works out great for the heroes, not so well for the villains.
Positive Role Models
No role models. Characters are all killers and criminals.
Main characters are all White men, and women are almost universally objectified. One woman who presents as Latina is a skilled member of the task force, but she has no agency (she follows orders) and may be a villain. Other Latino characters are portrayed as clichéd villains, with tattoos, gold teeth, etc.
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Violence & Scariness
Woman and child murdered, their bodies lying in a huge blood puddle. Lots of guns and shooting, many deaths, blood spatters/lots of blood. Bomb exploding. Fighting, punching, kicking, martial arts. Characters stabbed. Hitting with blunt objects. Character abducted, bag over head, injection in neck. Pen held to eye. Child briefly in peril, gunshots close by.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene with bare breasts, kissing, one character straddling another. Character shown sleeping in bed with two companions, all in their underwear. Topless women dance in strip club. One character slaps another's bottom. A woman wearing a revealing outfit is objectified, the camera lingering on her bottom (in short shorts) as she walks. Other women in revealing clothing. Flirting.
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Extremely strong, frequent language: "motherf----r," "f--k" and "f---ing," "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "bitch," "ass," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character drowns his sorrows, gulping from a bottle of wine. Main character drinks beers and whiskey in bar; another character joins with a vodka. Cigarette smoking. Main character takes prescription meds for PTSD.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Section 8 is a poorly made action thriller about a former soldier who gets recruited by a secret task force and makes a terrible discovery. Violence includes lots of guns and shooting and many brutal deaths -- including those of a mother and young child -- with pools of blood and blood spatters. There's also fighting, kicking, punching, martial arts, stabbing, hitting with blunt objects, explosions, and more. Extremely strong, frequent language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," and more. There's a sex scene with a topless woman, kissing, and one character straddling another. Women are objectified in several scenes; some are shown topless, and some are ogled while wearing revealing clothing. The main character drowns his sorrows in wine, beer, and whiskey and takes prescription pills. Another character smokes cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This cynical B action movie plays like a series of ticked-off check boxes, rather than an intricately woven story, running its sad hero through the wringer and growing ever dumber as it goes along. The various sections in Section 8 -- the war, the body shop, revenge, prison, etc. -- are all just lined up, one after another, without much finesse. Jake goes through an unprecedented amount of bad fortune and handles it with a morose expression that stays the same throughout the entire movie, even as the rest of his appearance runs steadily downhill. (The character's costume and makeup -- consisting of a scraggly beard, uncombed hair, and a leather jacket that looks as if it smells to high heaven -- are a curious choice.)
The movie's meager budget is obvious throughout, from its overly choreographed, shaky-cam fight scenes to the fact that it looks as if Rourke was almost never in the room at the same time as any of the other actors. Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins are here, too, but likewise feel dissociated from the proceedings, brought in only when needed. Dialogue is ridiculous -- from stale chestnuts like a soldier saying "watch your six" to an assassin saying "wakey wakey!" to his sleeping prey -- but also has weirdly earnest sermoning ("this is my block!"). As Section 8 crawls toward its conclusion, which includes a ludicrous double-twist and a final "are you kidding?" ending, it's best not to ask too many questions about what's going on or why. The whole thing will fall apart.
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