A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Showing bravery, risking your life for your country, working together as a team, loving your family. However, characters sometimes lie to achieve their goals.
Positive Role Models
Jack is a skilful and adept soldier, but dislikes his "war hero" tag and reputation. Norwood is hardworking and determined but unsentimental because of his focus on his job. He occasionally fails to consider others. Professor Hopper is loyal to his family and his work, but it is unclear who he has worked for during wartime. His daughter, Hannah, is loyal and determined to survive against the odds.
The cast is predominantly White and male, with some females in supporting roles. International cast. More than one language spoken.
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Violence & Scariness
Wartime violence. Shootouts with pistols and rifles. Punches and kicks thrown in altercations. Character stabbed through hand and in throat. Another through shoulder. Blood but not gore. Characters shot and killed. Bloody injury shown. Dead body hanged from tree. Characters attacked from behind and have their throats slit. Character scolded with boiling water flung in their face. Sniper shoots people in the head from a distance. Detonated explosion seems to kill and harm some soldiers. Rocket launchers fired during combat.
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Language used includes "hell," "bastards," "s--t," and "f--k." "Jesus" used as an exclamation. The slur "Krauts" is used to describe Germans.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wolves of War is a World War II thriller with bloody violence throughout and some strong language. Led by war-hero Jack Wallace (Ed Westwick) and commanding officer Captain Norwood (Matt Willis), a squad of Allied forces are tasked with retrieving a professor who has conducted valuable research behind enemy lines. The soldiers are the movie's main positive role models, with Wallace and Norwood showing bravery and being dedicated to their task. By contrast, they are pursued by a sadistic Nazi officer called Von Sachs (Max Themak), who murders defenseless civilians and is determined to stop them. Violence is constant and often bloody. Characters are shot, stabbed, and blown up, frequently suffering bloody injuries. Swearing is occasional, with one clear use of "f--k" and other minor exclamations. There is also some racially charged language used about the German soldiers. The cast is largely made up of White men, with the daughter of the soldier's intended target, Hannah (Anastasia Martin), providing the movie's one prominent female character. Drink, drugs, smoking and sex do not feature. 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 wartime movie never really recovers from an undercooked premise. Wolves of War finds a small group of soldiers dispatched behind enemy lines to retrieve an American professor -- apparently long-since settled in Germany -- before a scheduled air strike by their own compatriots. The plot allows for some agile action scenes on a budget, but not much more than that. Ed Westwick's celebrated, but sensitive, Jack Wallace is essentially the leader of a small band of Allied forces. His character gives license for more than one heart-to-heart scene about the toll fighting takes on the soldiers' personal lives. This quickly becomes repetitive, perhaps because the man they've been sent to retrieve -- Rupert Graves' Professor Hopper -- is barely there, both in terms of screen time and an adequate explanation of why he's so important.
In keeping with the total lack of character depth, it's left to some scenery chomping German soldiers to play the bad guys, wasting innocent civilians in-between tracking our band of covert soldiers through the forest. What could've been a neat, claustrophobic examination of the scientists who powered World War II and what happened to their technology is shrunk down to a clunky action flick.
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