Parents' Guide to

The Plagues of Breslau

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Police hunt serial killer; language and extreme violence.

Movie NR 2018 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Obviously not for the kids. But enjoyable.

Not so much a ripoff as it is a riff on Seven’s concept, reframed contextually to present a satire of Polish society. Very gory, not for the faint of heart, but I enjoyed the characters’ brusqueness and for a 2hr movie it gets to the point without too much fuss. I’d love to see these types of female characters in more media, having two of them removes much of the trite back and forth that we all have come to expect from co-ed partners that include an “unfeminine” woman. In that light the audience isn’t led to believe there’s something wrong with them for not wearing perfectly slick ponytails and pants suits to a crime scene, they’re simply behaving exactly like their male counterparts. As part of the wider canon of crime thrillers it offers something interesting.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+
Gruesome and with explicit violence, if you like hard thrillers and you are okay with watching ritualistic murder, then this is the movie for you. This is definitely NOT FOR UNDERAGE PEOPLE.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The first 30 minutes of this film are riveting and establish intriguing characters along with the carnival of mayhem, death, and gruesome doings requiring investigation. The Plagues of Breslau reads as a kind of campy version of The Da Vinci Code, with horrific murders echoing through the plot as in the earlier film, but viewed through the lens of a depressive, cynical, and sarcastic cop, which makes for a fascinating set-up. Helena clearly has her own disturbing problems, but the nature of those problems remains unclear until a talky explanation offers some insight, but even then, the chronology of events described seems flawed and confusing. Helena's personal turmoil may give her insights into the killer that less troubled cops miss.

The real dilemma posed by this daring movie comes as lose ends that desperately require clarification are explained at length. Characters launch into long monologues to clear up the murk, which brings the otherwise break-neck action temporarily to a halt. Even then, with all the political/social ramifications laid out, the plot doesn't quite add up. Let's just say that the ultimate fate of a headless body remains very much an unexplained mystery. Other problematic issues shall remain nameless here to avoid giving away major plot points.

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