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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most stories are about, in various ways, misuse or mistrust of technology. Movie seems to say that putting too much faith in things can lead to bad outcomes, although points of some stories are somewhat muddled. And in the end (spoiler alert), the world is destroyed by a natural disaster anyway. As one character says, the takeaway could also be that "it's hard being human."
Positive Role Models
No role models here. These are all lost, struggling people, many making poor decisions or simply ending up as victims of circumstance. One gains solace from a smart device called "God," but when she tries to pray the "old-fashioned way," she decides "this is so stupid," since she doesn't receive a response.
Almost all of the characters are White. While half are women, none are notably admirable or strong. One character in one story is a Black woman who becomes a victim but eventually regains control of her destiny.
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Violence & Scariness
A man pulls down a teen girl's panties; she kicks him in the face and pokes him in the eye. He punches her several times (all seen from her point of view). Teen girl's dead body, with bloody face. An astronaut gets shocked from a satellite and floats backward into space, heading for a certain death. Character is angry, raging, shouting. Character killed. Person zapped with Taser on neck. Man accused of stalking woman. (Spoiler alert!) Earth is destroyed by meteors (it appears to be on fire).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene includes thrusting for several seconds. Bare breasts, rubbed with lotion. Sex toys shown; a character masturbates with one (only partly shown). Character rolls over in bed and cups a woman's breast through her shirt. Couple passionately kiss in a car. Couple kissing on TV screen; shirtless male. Teen girl in underwear. Sex-related dialogue.
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Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," and "stupid," and "Jesus" and "Christ" as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen snorts cocaine, gets drunk, comes close to passing out. Several characters smoke cigarettes. Character pops a handful of unidentified pills. Character has an open bottle of wine on a table; she slurs her words. Characters discuss wine and drink wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Warning is a sci-fi anthology that collects several cautionary stories about mistrusting or misusing technology. Expect some scenes of shocking violence, including when a man punches a woman (seen from her point of view) and tries (but fails) to rape her. A young woman's lifeless body, with a bloody face, is also shown. A man is zapped with a Taser, and an astronaut has an accident in space that leads to his certain death. (Spoiler alert: The world is destroyed, too.) A couple has sex (repeated thrusting shown), a woman appears topless and masturbates with a sex toy, a man cups a woman's breast through her clothing, and characters kiss. Strong language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," variations on "Jesus Christ," and more. A teen snorts cocaine at a drunken party and nearly passes out, and several characters smoke cigarettes. The movie includes some excellent visuals and a little humor, but it's mostly bleak in tone, and the stories don't quite click. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This selection of intertwined short sci-fi tales, all dealing with the idea of troublesome technology, vary in quality; there are a few bright, tense moments, but none really pack much of a punch. The astronaut sequence that starts Warning is more harrowing than it is thoughtful, although it has some fine visual effects. But then the first sequence after it, the "God" smart device story, is lightly comical in tone. They don't match. The rest of the sequences are similar in tone to each other, all hopeless, with little humor and fascinatingly weird set designs. But the sudden endings fall short. The "Charlie" robot sequence especially winds up with a "huh?" It's too bad, because Everett, as Charlie, cooks up an ingenious balance of annoying and piteous.
Moreover, Warning has a rhythm problem. It starts with three intertwining stories; some seem to be told straight through, while others are broken up. It feels almost random, as if the editor left the room and just let the tapes play through, overlapping willy-nilly. When a new story begins at well past the halfway point, it feels jarring, as if it arrived too late to join the party. The best sequence by far succeeds because of Eve's hilariously detached performance. Her Claire -- the owner of the "God" device -- seems to exist in a perpetual fog, and her line deliveries, many of them simply giving up with a sighing "OK," hit just the right note for laughs. It's too bad the rest of Warning couldn't have found more of a tone -- or a point.
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