Parents' Guide to

Space Sweepers

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Thoughtful but violent Korean sci-fi epic has language.

Movie NR 2021 136 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

F-bombs abound

Not a bad film, but there are f-bombs all over the place. The movie is fine for older tweens up, but given the language, I wouldn't screen it for young ones.
age 12+

An excellent Sci-fi adventure with strong diverse characters

I’m not sure why this film has a low score for positive role models. It has heroic characters from many different backgrounds who are fighting a magalomaniac to protect the environment in a dystopian future. The characters do not conform to stereotypes including a battle robot who is assumed by most people to be male as it has a deep masculine voice but identifies as a female. The special effects are excellent, the story is exciting. It is a brilliant film for anyone 12 or above (unless you hate sci-fi.) It is a shame that there are a couple of scenes that are quite graphic and some strong language otherwise this could easily be suitable for all ages.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This is an excellent sci-fi movie. It isn't easy to pull off the balancing act needed to make an incredibly thoughtful, exciting, and entertaining epic sci-fi movie and then maintain that balance for over two hours. Space Sweepers does just that. It finds that sweet spot between action and reflection, commentary and space battles, character backstories and archetypal heroes. It's also a large-budget blockbuster Korean sci-fi movie that pulls out all the stops in terms of stunning special effects and detailed fight sequences, both hand-to-hand and in spaceship dogfights. Movies this long (or longer) almost always give the viewer the feeling that there's some down time that doesn't really need to be there, but there's nothing unnecessary here -- everything has its purpose and place in the overall story.

The structure, the pacing, the acting -- all of it's excellent. And while there are certainly some homages to the sci-fi classics of the past (Blade Runner being just one example), it never comes across as derivative. Unlike other epics or even sci-fi or fantasy movies of average length, there's never the feeling of getting a thousand things thrown at you at once about these characters and the world they inhabit. Like the best of science fiction, it's a movie that can be enjoyed on many levels, and should reward repeated viewings. If there isn't a sequel already in the works, there should be.

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