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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include bravery, compassion, integrity. Courage is displayed by standing up to powerful forces. Putting others first and protecting the lives of innocents are strong messages. But many characters are motivated by money, power, fear.
Positive Role Models
The courier is braver, more capable than most of the male characters -- challenging traditional gender stereotypes in action movies. She also has a strong moral core. Nick demonstrates heroism by sacrificing his safety to do the right thing. Some police and FBI personnel lack integrity and work alongside the criminals, who are stereotypically muscular, aggressive.
Violence & Scariness
Gun violence throughout. Many people shot dead. Blood spatters/severe bleeding from bullet wounds. Hand-to-hand combat including punching, kicking, hair pulling, eye gouging, strangling. Cuts and bullet wounds to the face and body. Explosions. Character set on fire. Slashing and stabbing with knives, other sharp objects. A roomful of people die by cyanide poisoning. Character pushed down stairs. People are hit by cars, thrown from motorbikes. Gory shots of heads split open and caved in. Scenes of torture. Newspaper headlines include rape, terrorism, drug trafficking. Flashback to a violent war scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character seen in bra as she removes a bulletproof vest. Character momentarily has hands on a fully clothed woman's chest -- for comedic effect. Character kissed on head while restrained. Flirting.
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Strong language throughout, with continual use of "f--k," "f--king," and "s--t," plus a sprinkling of "motherf----r," "bitch," "goddamn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Spirits drunk at home. Bottle of champagne is opened but not drunk. Character takes unnamed pills when becoming aggravated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Courier is a violent action movie set in London's criminal underworld; it stars Olga Kurylenko and Gary Oldman. The movie becomes increasingly brutal, with many deaths and gory, bloody scenes -- including cuts, bullet wounds, and torture. The main character is repeatedly beaten, shot, and injured, though she causes more damage to others. There's a flashback to a war scene with explosions and snipers. Strong language is used throughout, including "s--t" and variants of "f--k." Newspaper headlines include topics such as rape, drug trafficking, and terrorism. There's a bit of drinking, a character is shown in a bra, and a joke involves someone putting their hands on a woman's chest. Criminal goons are stereotypically muscular and rough. The integrity of the police and FBI, and some authority figures, is questioned, as they're infiltrated by and paid by a crime lord. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though the plot is quite derivative, positioning a woman as the hero/main character offers an interesting slant to this action-thriller. Kurylenko's courier, whose name is never revealed, is a strong, well-crafted lead role that has enough depth and likability to have audiences rooting for her. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the parking lot setting is both suitably foreboding and claustrophobic.
The final hour unfolds in real time, with the action taking place as the clock ticks down, which adds an extra layer of tension. Occasional humor lightens the tone, although many jokes fall flat. But Oldman brings lots of fun to his role as the eccentric crime lord. Some parts are a little far-fetched, and the language and violence are stronger than your average action flick, but The Courier is ultimately an entertaining movie for families with older teens.
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