A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some talk of living for today, that now is all we have.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Action movie violence. Fighting with punches, kicks. Bottles broken on heads. Characters knocked out with fire extinguishers. Exploding car. Vehicle chases: cars, motorcycles, scooters. Lead female antagonist slices arm of female protagonist with sharp claw finger. Good guys toss decapitated thumb that used to be on the hand of one of the bad guys.
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"S--t" said once. "Hell."
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Products & Purchases
Advertisement for Silk soy milk prominently featured on one of the character's computer screens while he's drinking soy milk. Johnny Walker bottles shown in a bar scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in bars: whiskey, scotch. Cigar smoking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that S.M.A.R.T. Chase (aka The Shanghai Job in the UK) is a 2018 British-Chinese art heist action movie in which Orlando Bloom plays a down-on-his-luck security agent with a chance to redeem himself. There's a lot of action movie violence: The fighting is primarily done with fists and kicks, but there's also fighting with guns, bottles, and exploding cars. Vehicle chases occur throughout, with cars, motorcycles, and scooters. There's some blood with the violence, including a scene in which the good guys toss the cut-off thumb of one of the bad guys. Some consumerism occurs, along with drinking and cigar and cigarette smoking. Profanity includes "s--t" and "hell." 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 doesn't really do much to distinguish itself from other action movies. There are plenty of fight scenes and vehicle chases and plot twists in S.M.A.R.T. Chase, but it never really emerges as anything new or different from movies with similar fight scenes and vehicle chases and plot twists. There's a forced theme of living for today, but it easily gets lost in the complications of the story. It's not a boring action movie, necessarily, but the lack of originality means that it doesn't leave a lasting impression.
As the down-on-his-luck security agent trying to redeem his reputation, Orlando Bloom seems to be doing his best with each line of dialogue and each knockout punch and kick of the bad guys, but the lead character, Danny, still comes off as a cookie-cutter action movie hero. Not even the action really stands out as anything that would leave anyone at the edge of their seat. (Does anyone for even a second think that that priceless vase is going to shatter when it's tossed back and forth?) It starts off with an interesting enough premise, but once it gets going, S.M.A.R.T. Chase just seems to go through all the action movie motions.
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