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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't trust anyone, and watch out for terrorists. The movie has text at the end that says 53 terrorist activities have been stopped in New York since 9/11, but no further details are offered.
Positive Role Models
Kate had potential to be a strong female role model, but she spends most of the movie being a victim, being chased, and blundering into situations that she should have been smart enough to avoid.
Violence & Scariness
Brief war footage and 9/11 footage. A man is set on fire with gas and a lighter. Helicopter crash. Characters are shot and killed; others are killed in a massive explosion. Bomb-making. Characters stabbed. Exploding buildings. Fighting.
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Infrequent use of "f--king," "bulls--t," "bitch," "bastard," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Pepsi can shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters hold glasses of wine at a social event. Mention of a young man "swimming in dope."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Survivor is a thriller set in a post-9/11 world of terrorists and traitors. In addition to references to 9/11 and war, there's some pretty strong (though mostly bloodless) violence, including bombs and explosions, shootings and killings, stabbings, fighting, and death. Language is infrequent, with sparing use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," and "bitch." Characters hold glasses of wine at a social function, and someone is said to be "swimming in dope." Despite a talented cast and director, the movie feels rather cheap and thrown together, and it's doubtful many teens will be interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director James McTeigue has made solid movies before, but SURVIVOR feels second-rate, carelessly thrown together by all parties. While it's refreshing to see a thriller with a (theoretically) strong female lead, Jovovich's Kate Abbott is frustrating; she's supposed to be savvy and highly trained, but she makes every kind of rookie mistake. This kind of movie ought to be surprising, but instead, viewers are always a jump ahead of her. We already know who not to trust and where not to go, but Kate still does all of it.
And Brosnan should have had a great role, playing hired killer The Watchmaker, but his scenes are so flat and grim that it's difficult to have any fun with them. Images from and allusions to 9/11 add to the overall seriousness, but then the big showdown feels cut short -- as well as illogical.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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