Parents' Guide to

War

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Slick Bollywood action thriller has bloody violence.

Movie NR 2019 154 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

age 16+

War is a entertaining action thrill ride that contains graphic cinematic violence and explicit scenes

War offers enough action and Entertainment although contains graphic cinematic violence and explicit scenes

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Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Violently smashing together the most iconic elements of '80s and '90s Hollywood with Hong Kong action cinema and repackaging with modern effects and audience expectations, War is a tour de force. Presented -- where available -- in stunning 4K, the camera loves stars Roshan and Shroff, perhaps as much as they love each other, as suggested by the distinct, yet unsaid, homoerotic undertones. Their smouldering performances are exactly what this kind of big, brash, and bombastic movie needs. The violence is suitably bone-crunching and thrilling, mixing the frenetic action of John Woo's explosive Hong Kong crime movies with the best of James Bond, with white-knuckle action taking place in exotic locations across the world. The film's score is also a highlight, raising a smile whenever the gigantic main theme tune kicks in.

Like the gung-ho Hollywood movies that inspired War, the movie's politics can be seen as questionable depending on the viewer's take on patriotism and a take-no-prisoners approach to national security. However, it balances it out slightly with the inclusion of love interest Naina (Vaani Kapoor) who offers a glimpse at a love beyond one's country. Punctuated by a couple of glossy musical numbers, War is a great-looking movie that throws just enough inventiveness into its big theatrical action pieces to make it a successful mission.

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