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The Warning

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bullying, cursing, violence in Spanish thriller.

Movie NR 2018 92 minutes
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This film manages to seamlessly tell two stories at once as they slowly begin to merge despite being separated by exactly 10 years. It's clear what's at stake for these characters -- the tween who must learn to stand up for himself, the math-obsessed man who must overcome his schizophrenia, the young woman holding on for a miracle as her fiancee-to-be is in a coma after he's shot. Such character depth prevents The Warning from being little more than an exercise in mystery math.

While the two stories at once works, the story itself that links the two comes off as less than original. By this point, Jon, the "math whiz obsessive struggling with mental illness" is as stock as any other stock character in movies, despite the quality of the acting. And for fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jon's wall of scribbled notes and yarn linking this pattern to that pattern is reminiscent of the wall Charlie made about Carol and Pepe Silvia after drinking too much coffee at his short-lived mailroom job. Still, teens looking for something different might be interested.

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