A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense peril and violence, brutal beating, many characters killed. Peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and non-graphic situation.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, reference to drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and a lot of graphic and explicit violence, including knives and guns, and many characters are killed. Characters smoke and drink and there are drug references. There are sexual references, including references to sexual slavery, and one mild and non-explicit sexual situation. A character commits suicide (though that is later called into question). As in almost all Mamet movies, characters use very strong language. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The dialogue is David Mamet lite, with none of the brilliant riffs that energize his other scripts. There are three different stories in this latest effort from the writer/director; only one of the three is pretty good -- a rescue mission to retrieve the kidnapped daughter of the president. The second is a passable, if overly familiar, story of a man developing a broader sense of his own values. And then there is a poorly handled story about government corruption and manipulation of the media. As that thread takes over in the last third, the movie falls apart.
Mamet is fine when it comes to tension, confrontation, and tough attitude, but as a director his idea of action sequences is to have people unexpectedly get shot. He fumbles the tone of the movie by committing the very last sin his characters would permit -- he loses control with preposterous multiply paranoid layers that wear out instead of boring in.
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