What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie -- based on a first-person-shooter video game -- includes loads of shooting, which leads to frequent bloody wounds, dismemberments, and explosions. The marines curse repeatedly (they're especially fond of the f-word and "hell"), the monsters roar, attack, and generally look ugly. One marine anticipates going on leave, where he will have sex with "she-males." When a young marine takes a drug, a veteran rebukes him for being irresponsible. Monsters are dispatched horrifically. One marine is beheaded, another slammed against walls and ceiling, and still another turns into a monster and kills himself (being Christian, he crosses himself first) by slamming his head into an unbreakable window. One character in a wheelchair is missing his lower body, explained as the result of a molecular transportation accident.
- Families can talk about the value of following orders, even when they seem wrong: does the Kid do the right thing by refusing to kill civilians who might be infected? Is Sarge right to follow orders no matter what? And, though the sister resents her brother's choice to become a soldier, how does the film suggest her dedication to science might also be misplaced?