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Shot Caller

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent prison tale has blood and language.

Movie R 2017 121 minutes
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This film skillfully underlines the point that the prison system doesn't rehabilitate criminals and, in fact, makes them worse. Other movies have focused on underprivileged protagonists, school drop-outs with drug-addict or criminal parents, whose only chance at making a living is through criminal enterprise. Shot Caller gives us a man with an enviable life whose sudden interaction with prison gangs makes it impossible for him to survive unless he becomes as criminal and murderous as the inmates around him. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is convincing as both the decent Jacob and the ruthless Money. Sensitive teens may shudder at the gruesome knifing scenes.

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