A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
No one is a role model because they are killers.
The film is from Japan. The lead character is a young female college student who works as an assassin alongside her female mentor, who assigns her cases. Another young woman is a part of the assassination group as a sniper. Still, the film doesn't fully embrace other female characters, with most of the rest of the cast being male.
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Violence & Scariness
The film's main focus is graphic, violent set pieces, complete with blood, close-up shots of gun wounds (many fatal), guns, knives, and other weapons, etc. A scene includes a villain grabbing Kei's breasts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The front for the assassination group Kei works for uses a call girl center as a front. A character looks at a dirty magazine while waiting on Kei. Kei and her friend at school look at comic books with sexual scenes.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Violence Action is an action film based on a popular manga about a sweet college student who spends her nights as an assassin. The film is filled with violence shown in a glorified manner. The film's main focus is graphic, violent set pieces, complete with blood, close-up shots of gun wounds (many fatal), guns, knives, and other weapons, etc. A scene includes a villain grabbing Kei's breasts. The film also has sexual content, such as Kei pretending she's a call girl and characters looking at sexual magazines. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Violence Action is probably a bit more enjoyable if you've read the manga it's based on, but overall, the film doesn't have much weight to its story. Even though there are a ton of fighting scenes and a lot of violence, the film is largely boring with little characterization and even fewer stakes.
The film does have some cool stylistic moments, and the majority of the cast is doing their best to carry the film, with Hashimoto showcasing some fun and charisma. But style doesn't make up for the fact that there's just not enough going on with the script for The Violence Action to have any gravitas.
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