A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main takeaway here is that the soldiers are punished for something that happened by accident. It doesn't feel like justice of any kind, and most of the characters pay the ultimate price.
Positive Role Models
Walsh is probably the only character who could be considered vaguely admirable. He's resourceful and highly skilled, and he keeps his head in tense situations. But he's given a morally cloudy mission that requires risking lives in the hopes of saving more lives. He's also underwritten and frequently comes across awkwardly.
Among a cast of almost all White men, there's one Black character, the company medic. But he only appears in a few scenes, when he's needed, and then (spoiler alert) he's ruthlessly killed about 2/3 of the way through the movie. And his character never develops, so he's little more than a symbol. References to "Japs" and "Jerries." Men use sex-related dialogue and make rude sexual gestures to talk about women.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns/shooting, sometimes fatally (and often brutally). Blood spurts. Character shot in stomach, gurgling blood. Exploding plane. Corpses hung from trees. Gory wounds, like flesh being eaten away. Throats sliced, gushing blood collected in pouches. Scene of cannibalism (a spell makes people think they're eating a pig); human shown cooking on spit over fire. Stabbing. Characters shot by crossbow. Arrow in eye. Arrow through head. Grenade exploding, person's body on fire. Burnt corpse. Character beheaded with shovel (offscreen). Human body with gashes sewn up with black thread; opening body cavity, revealing black feathers. Fighting with sword, stabbing. Hand-to-hand fighting. Vomiting. Blood gushing from "tree of life." Use of mustard gas.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bathing woman stands up out of a tub, revealing her naked bottom. Brief kissing, sex suggested. Crude sex-related dialogue and gestures objectifying women.
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Frequent language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "hell," "goddamn," "damn," "whore," "dear God," "swear to God," "Jesus Christ," "idiot," "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WarHunt is a WWII-set horror movie about a squad of American soldiers sent into a creepy German forest to find a missing plane and retrieve an important piece of cargo. It's extremely violent, with guns and shooting, many deaths, blood spurts, a woman getting shot in the stomach (with gurgling blood), sliced throats, heads getting pierced with arrows, gore, spooky stuff, a cannibalism scene, and more. Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and more. A woman's naked bottom is shown, there's a brief kiss and the presumption of sex, and men make rude sexual comments and gestures about women. A main character smokes cigarettes throughout. Representations are problematic, with the only character of color underdeveloped and marginalized. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A mix of fun genre zaniness -- with a tacked-on Mickey Rourke -- and snatches of ridiculously awful filmmaking, this wartime horror tale doesn't offer enough of the former to overcome the latter. WarHunt starts with some humdinger dialogue, like Sarge's "this ain't no opera... these [rifles] ain't violins, but they just happen to make sweet music of their own." Rourke gets some, too: "You know you're back in the thick of things when lukewarm dirt passes for coffee," he growls wearily, his face battle-worn, capped with an eyepatch and cloaked in a leather jacket. That stuff, paired with the haunted woods that are filled with spooky sounds and eerie omens, seems promising. And for a while it seems like this movie might be silly fun, not unlike Shadow in the Cloud.
But the not-fun stuff eventually kicks in. WarHunt is frequently too dark, and it's sometimes difficult to see what's going on. It's confusing, and not in a fun way. For a time, it looks like there are only two witches, but by the final showdown, we learn that there are actually three. And the digital effects that show the villainous witches turning into swarms of black feathers look cheap and smeary. The G.I. characters likewise tend to blend together, making it hard to tell them apart, let alone identify with any of them. The three top-billed actors often choke on their hammy dialogue, slipping down into what comes across as poor performances. Last but not least, the big "it ain't over yet" moment is more likely to inspire eye-rolls than gasps.
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