Parents' Guide to

Into the Badlands

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Fictional future has no guns but runs on sex and violence.

TV AMC Drama 2015
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Film so great wish a continuation was on

Love the film always wishing for a continuation All negative reviews dropped on the movie can be reduced I wish the movie is back A movie that has a beginning an no ending 😢😭was sad when I heard no more season, hopping there will be a continuation All though the movie was great 👍 best💯👍 an interesting By best film for life(SUNNY BAIJE)
age 15+

Impressive Martial Arts choreography has lackluster plot. Too brutal for youngsters.

The plot devices are just backdrops and excuses to create incredibly well done, although sometimes silly, action fight sequences. It starts off OK, but as the series progresses, the main plot point known as "The Gift" is never fleshed out, explained or defined in any way whatsoever. After awhile it becomes so overused that it becomes inconsistant and almost boring. To drag out a one note plot point to no end like this made it tedious to watch later on, even before the last season at times. With this kind of MA talent, it seems it could have been put to way better use with a compelling script that had more to offer. My wife and I hope they don't make more after the second half of season 3, doubt we would watch it unless out of sheer boredom. This is not for pre teens as it is gratuitously violent with alot of blood, gory sounds and body parts, not to mention torture, allusions to rape and other sexual content.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Is it a martial-arts epic? A postapocalyptic western? A fable set in a future that looks curiously like the Old South? Whatever it is, it doesn't really matter: It's all about the fighting anyway. And with that fighting comes blood -- a lot of blood -- sliding Into the Badlands inches away from TV-MA territory without ever technically being there. From Breaking Bad to The Walking Dead, AMC is known for pushing edgy material, and this genre-bending drama is no exception.

Thanks to action scenes staged by acclaimed martial-arts choreographer Ku Huen Chiu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Into the Badlands has authentic Hong Kong-style kung fu credentials, and it's doing something unique by bringing a serial martial-arts drama to the small screen. But the target audience here is admittedly small --and it probably shouldn't include your kids.

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