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In the Land of Blood and Honey Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    56

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In the Land of Blood and Honey captures the sickening way the war in Bosnia became a gray zone of genocide. Yet that, unfortunately, is not enough to make it a good movie.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I found In the Land of Blood and Honey to be moving and involving, but somehow reduced by its melodrama to a minor key. The scale of the ages-old evil and religious hatred in the region seemed to make the fates of these particular characters a matter of dramatic convenience.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Rather than a glossy, superficial movie-star vanity project, In the Land of Blood and Honey feels like the sober, hard-hitting work of a humanitarian.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Angelina Jolie's movie is both horrifying and unengaging.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although In the Land of Blood and Honey -- actress Angelina Jolie's writing/directing debut -- is ostensibly a romantic war drama, it has much more gory, highly disturbing war imagery than romance. Expect very strong violence against women: Soldiers rape and bully women prisoners, and women are shot and killed and used as human shields in a battle. There's lots of blood, and a baby is killed off screen. In addition to the violence, there are three sex scenes with some full-frontal nudity, "f--k" is used (subtitled) several times, and the soldiers drink and smoke. It's possible that very mature teens could learn something about the horrifying conflict in 1992 in Bosnia-Herzegovina by watching, but unfortunately, the information isn't presented with the greatest of clarity, and the material is far too strong for kids under 18.

  • Families can talk about In the Land of Blood and Honey's extreme violence. Was it all necessary to get the movie's point across? What impact does it have?
  • The movie has several sex scenes between the lead characters. Are they in a loving relationship, or is the sex more about power? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie wants to raise viewers' awareness of issues like the brutal treatment of female prisoners in Bosnia. But its main question is about giving up freedom to buy a measure of safety -- a question that it doesn't really answer. It also remains ambiguous or unclear on a number of other issues.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Presumably the main male character doesn't believe in the war effort, but he's also not brave enough or strong enough to make a stand against it. He tries to use whatever power he has to protect a woman, but his motivation for this and their relationship remains unclear. The main female character is stronger, but her motivations are likewise unclear.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Soldiers brutally rape women prisoners, more than once. Women are also bullied and beaten regularly. Lots of blood is shown. Women are used as human shields in a battle. An old woman is shot in the head, and a baby is killed (off screen). A character dies a gurgling, bloody death. In other scenes, soldiers are seen shooting and killing, fighting and pummeling. Also explosions and dead bodies.?

  • sex false5

    Sex: The main characters have three sex scenes that include full-frontal nudity. Women prisoners are seen bathing. In a very upsetting scene, soldiers make old women strip naked (viewers see their behinds) and laugh at them.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" is used several times (seen in subtitles).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Soldiers drink and smoke cigarettes to pass the time. The main characters drink most of a bottle of wine with dinner.

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