Parents' Guide to

Sunrise

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark horror-thriller has violence, racism, strong language.

Movie R 2024 94 minutes
Sunrise movie poster: Alex Pettyfer and Guy Pearce look earnest facing opposite directions, a red cross between their images.

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A dark, menacing atmosphere, gradual trickling of plot reveals, and wary, knife-edge performances from a strong cast make this a gritty, slow-burn thriller that will unsettle the soul. Sunrise has been hailed a vampire thriller, but the monster at its core is as much the bigoted aggression of the local town -- spouted and enforced at every turn by Pearce's fury-filled demagogue -- as it is any mythical figure. Its feeling of threat bubbling barely beneath the surface and flashes of savage gore remind viewers of the primal instincts that take over when survival is threatened, whether by lack of nourishment or those we believe would take what's ours. Pearce and Pettyfer make for brutal, brooding adversaries, and both Yu and Olwen Fouere strong matriarchs, ready for battle when pushed. Some of the mythical side disappears into its own sense of mystery, but the sheer tension and intensity make it difficult to look away.

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