A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Indonesian film with an Indonesian cast. Strong female lead character -- unlike traditional action movies where women are in the background, Dina emerges as a leader willing to do what it takes to find and avenge her father's killer.
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Violence & Scariness
Over-the-top action movie violence throughout. Characters shot in the head, killed at point-blank range. Heads blown off by weapons -- spinal cord emerging out of neck; blood. Heads blown off by sniper fire. Sniper shoots and kills people as little kids watch while screaming and crying. Charred limbs. Stabbing deaths in neck and head. Fighting with bazookas, rifles, assault rifles, guns, punches, kicks, and knives. Rifle butt to head. Kids held as prisoners in a fake orphanage where their organs are to be harvested. Kicks to the crotch. A woman fends off a man hitting on her by pulling his index finger back until it snaps.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some talk about breast sizes.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. Also "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "s--thead," "dumbass," "d--khead," "bitch," "pr--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen smokes cigarettes. Cigar smoking. Drinking from a flask. Lead character drinks a potion that causes her to hallucinate and scream.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Big 4 is a 2022 Indonesian action movie in which a by-the-book cop teams up with four assassins to catch her father's murderer. It's a loud movie with lots of over-the-top violence. Some shooting deaths result in heads being blown off, with spinal cords sticking out of the neck. Lots of blood. Sniper fire blows off the heads of villains as little kids watch in horror while screaming and crying. The film also shows stabbing deaths in the neck and throat; fighting with everything from bazookas and assault rifles to knives, punches, and kicks; charred limbs; and bloody injuries. Strong language throughout includes "f--k" and "motherf----r." There's cigar smoking, and a teen smokes cigarettes. 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 movie is ridiculous, absurd, and bombastic, but it's also entertaining. The Big 4 is so over the top, it makes the works of Bay and Tarantino seem subtle by comparison. At times the violence borders on slapstick, and it's not quite silly in a Three Stooges kind of way, but it isn't exactly serious either. It's in what is now a firm tradition of campy and stylized action movies in which the suspension of disbelief is pushed to the limit.
While the action is unrelenting, the movie's length does test one's patience. It could have easily been at least 30 minutes shorter instead of its too-long two hours and 21 minutes. The prologue goes on long after we've established the good and the bad guys, and you just want to get to the actual story now that we know what's what. Still, it is a very original action movie -- no small feat in a genre rife with far more clichés than other genres.
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