Parents' Guide to

Unsilenced

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Urgent, violent true story rises above flawed storytelling.

Movie R 2022 107 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Perfect education for understanding what is the real communism

It is shocking story and lead the kids to vividly experience the life in a communism regime. A must see!
age 12+

UNDERSTANDING COMMUNISM

I was in China about that time. I am still in contact with my Chinese friends. There are genuinely spies and propaganda everywhere in China. Everyone should watch the Unsilenced movie. People that give a low rate to this movie are communists themselves. The world needs to know the truth about the persecution, evil, and atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). After watching this movie, you may choose not to make the CCP richer by buying Chinese goods. The CCP is already invading all the countries of the world with their Belt and Road Initiative project. Watch this movie! Be aware if you don't want it to happen in your country. Watch your politicians. They have the power to betray you anytime, just like the CCP does daily.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Hampered by sections of goopy, overly modest filmmaking, this drama is still worth seeking out due to the urgent nature of its true story, which is so powerful that it comes through clearly. Presented in both English and Mandarin (with English subtitles for U.S. release), Unsilenced timidly copies many other tearjerkers and pulse-pounding thrillers to put its pieces together, and not all of it works. A scene of Daniel and Min suddenly shopping for antiques in the middle of everything does eventually have a purpose, but the scene feels out of place. And a Mission: Impossible-type scene in which Wang and Xia pose as plumbers to secretly meet with Daniel is rather silly; playing a recording of banging pipes and sawing noises to cover up the sounds of their talk wouldn't exactly pass muster with Ethan Hunt.

But when Xia is first arrested and punched, hard, in the stomach, it becomes clear that this is serious. The Secretary Yang character really sells it with his movie-villain gestures and his scowl. He meets with informants in the backs of black cars and delivers ultimatums heartlessly. Through him, the movie cuts right through the politics and makes it clear that this is all a flat-out lie, committed by the CCP and designed to protect the power of those in power. It's an urgent and timely revelation, especially for those outside of Beijing who don't know this story. (The movie was filmed in Taiwan for safety purposes.) The real Wang appears at the end of Unsilenced as a way of illustrating how this fight has affected his life. It should never have happened.

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