Might be good movie...but I walked out
My 12-year old son convinced me to take him (and his 9-year-old brother) to see this movie. Normally, I vet movies thoroughly (to their disappointment!) and choose carefully. But I was feeling lazy and BELIEVED my 12-year-old when he told me from across the room that CommonSenseMedia rated this movie as 12+. Normally, the PG-13 rating would cause me to leave my 9-year-old at home and would cause me to proceed cautiously with my 12-year-old. But I was in the mood for a movie, I was tired of saying 'no' to everything they ask for, and I thought I'd trust my son and take the risk. Egads! I couldn't have been more wrong! I ended up walking out after the long, opening scene. (My boys stayed behind with their father--my sensitive 9-year-old clutching his father's arm with wide frightened eyes.) If you are okay with your children seeing innocent town people (fathers and husbands) being terrified extensively, and then shot and left for dead in front of their children simply for asking questions, and if you are okay with your children seeing women being killed gruesomely with an AXE in broad daylight after a church meeting, then this movie is okay for your children to see. I was feeling so much stress and horror after the extremely LONG opening scene that I left. My youngest ABSOLUTELY shouldn't have been there. But at that point I didn't want to make a scene trying to get him to leave with me. Big mistake for our family. Furthermore, after leaving....I realized that I had forgotten my water bottle. So, I RETURNED to the film in time to see a man (one of the "Magnificent" men) do a magic trick for a man just before shooting him point blank, and then play psychological games with the other man, before shooting off his right ear. Excellent. Looks like the violence didn't let up while I was gone.