By John Sooja,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Thin, by-the-numbers revenge thriller has nudity and gore.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bad things will happen to those who commit crimes, hurt people, and do evil things.
Positive Role Models
Klara is one tough ex-soldier. Fight after fight, she comes away victorious.
Violence & Scariness
A little boy blows himself up, killing surrounding French soldiers with him. Throughout the film there are many bloody fights, deadly shoot-outs, and people dying in brutal ways. Men are punched, kicked, stabbed, shot, and thrown. In one fight scene in a bathroom, a woman beats up four men, smashing their heads into urinals, doors, and mirrors. Later, the same woman gets in a fight with another woman. They punch, kick, hit, and cut each other, one of them suffering a horrible slash to her inner cheek. Eventually, she dies by backbreaker. A woman infiltrates an enemy compound and kills many people, some by stabbing them in their necks. She kicks one man off a ledge and his head cracks against a pipe on the way down. Another man stabs the woman, but she shoots him in the leg and then right through the eye, gruesomely. In a different scene, a woman takes a fork and stabs a man in the neck many times. A bound woman is held under water repeatedly. Another woman is punched in the face by a drunk man. There's also a brief discussion of a young woman being beaten and raped. Later she's shown in the hospital with a badly bruised face. There are also chase scenes, scenes of people in peril, and many tense moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two women dance together and kiss romantically. Later they have sex and both are naked. No genitalia directly shown. Bare breasts are often zoomed in on while both women use their mouths and hands on them. Women are shown naked in the police locker room showers and in showers at home.
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Language includes few instances of "s--t" and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at clubs and at bars. A woman shows signs of addiction to opiate pills, sedatives, and beta blockers. Many scenes show her taking pills. One superior tells her to stop being "stoned at work." The same woman also meets a drug dealer to score oxycontin and codeine pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sentinelle is a French action revenge thriller about a French ex-soldier who is transferred into a life of police patrol for Operation Sentinelle, the military presence instituted after the 2015 Paris attacks. Expect lots of violence, blood, and gory kills during main character Klara's (Olga Kurylenko) path of vengeance. Enemies get punched, kicked, slapped, thrown, stomped on, stabbed, shot, and the camera doesn't cut away. A boy blows himself up in the beginning of the film. The story also revolves around a young woman's rape and physical assault. There's also a fair amount of female nudity in showers and during a sex scene. Klara is also addicted to pain killers and opiates in pill form and is shown popping pills often. Language includes sparse usage of "s--t" and "bitch."
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What's the Story?
In SENTINELLE, Klara (Olga Kurylenko) was a French soldier but has returned home after a failed mission on her watch. Now, reluctantly, Klara patrols the streets as part of the French Operation Sentinelle instituted after the 2015 Paris attacks. Trying to slip back into civilian life, Klara spends time with her sister and their mother. Everything is normal until Klara's sister suffers a horrible attack. And the police don't seem to be able to do anything. Klara gears up to take matters into her own hands. How far will she go?
Is It Any Good?
The action in this revenge thriller is perfectly fine, but there's no innovation or surprises. The violence, gory kills, fight scenes, set pieces, and chase scenes are all cool enough in Sentinelle, but they lack a certain... punch. It often feels like the action is merely going through the motions: here's the chase scene, here's the bathroom fight scene with the urinal head smash, here's the woman vs. woman one-on-one, here are the knife up through the chin and neck kills, and so on.
The plot is the same, nothing surprising: here's the damaged but not perfect heroine, here's the evil rapist who enjoys beating women who must pay and suffer, here are the momentary setbacks, here's the final challenge. Klara goes about her vengeance wearing a constant scowl. Kurylenko does a decent enough job as Klara too, convincing in her determination and fury. The only problem is the bare structure of the plot and the very bare script don't allow Kurylenko to flex any broader acting muscles, which is a shame, as she proves here she could probably handle it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in action thriller movies. How does the violence in Sentinelle compare to the violence in other similar films? Did anything surprise you?
As Klara goes about exacting her revenge, do you feel the gory and brutal ways of killing her enemies is warranted? Why or why not?
As a kind of anti-hero, Klara isn't perfect. How did you feel about her characterization? Did you find it easy or difficult rooting for her? Why?
- On DVD or streaming: March 5, 2021
- Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Marilyn Lima, Michel Nabokoff, Martin Swabey
- Director: Julien Leclercq
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 80 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 19, 2023
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