A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Very muddled. One character performs a selfless act so that others can thrive, but it makes very little sense.
Positive Role Models
Damon uses illegal/illicit tactics to try to help out a friend, which makes very little sense. Victoria is resilient and strong, but she's also quick to resort to violence, and murders without consequence. Not-so-subtle stereotyping, including of a gay man and a Black man.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are killed. Blood spurts. Character beaten to a bloody pulp. Grenade and explosion. Knife-wielding. Chase scenes and crashes. Massive explosion.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions of sex work. A scantily clad woman appears to be a sex worker. Close-up of a woman twerking on a huge TV screen.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Frequent strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bulls--t," "c--k," "motherf----r," "a--hole," "bitch/son of a bitch," "ass," "Scheisse" (German for "s--t"), "hell," and "damn."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is given a knockout drug; she snaps back to life by snorting a handful of cocaine. Possible shot of main character smoking or smoking pot, but it's obscured by dissolves and other images during the opening titles.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vanquish is a nonsensical action movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ruby Rose. Violence is the biggest issue: There's lots of guns and shooting, knives, deaths, and blood spurts/gore. A character is beaten bloody, and there are explosions and car chases. A scantily clad woman is referred to as a prostitute, and sex work is mentioned a few times. A woman twerks in close-up on a huge TV screen. Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "a--hole," "bitch," "son of a bitch," and more. A character is given a knockout drug and counters it by snorting a handful of cocaine. In the opening titles, there may be a shot of a man smoking, but it's brief and hard to see. Supporting characters, including a gay man and a Black man, are portrayed stereotypically. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to believe that a five-time Oscar nominee would sign on for an action movie this frustratingly underwritten and embarrassingly amateurish, but whatever deal he made, it wasn't worth it. At least Freeman doesn't have to exert himself too much in Vanquish, spending almost the entire movie in a wheelchair in a cozy mansion, looking at video monitors. Rose does the hard work here, although the reasons behind it are so vague that it's irritating. Is the cash she's picking up protection money? If so, then why are the missions so dangerous? If Damon is crooked, then why hasn't he been caught before now? He's clearly quite careless.
Even her dialogue -- e.g., "I promised myself I would never do this again" -- is annoyingly vague. Do what again? What did she do? If she was a super spy, she maybe wasn't very good at it. One chase scene, with Victoria on a motorcycle pursued by trucks, goes on forever until a helpful truck coincidentally pulls out so that she can slide underneath it and trap her pursuers. Did she plan this? It's hard to believe ... or care. Beyond the spotty script, veteran writer (Midnight Run, Bad Boys) and director George Gallo uses some truly puzzling techniques, including excessive dissolves, frequent flashbacks (to things that happened five minutes earlier), and even a rat's point of view. Perhaps worst of all is the offensive stereotyping, from an exaggerated gay gangster to a large Black gangster who is, of course, shown eating.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.