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Dave White Profile

… stupid and unconcerned … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The film's saving grace are its fast pacing and generous doses of humor, the latter of which is mostly provided by Robert Patrick's sly delivery of the many wisecracks doled out by his villainous character.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    A delectably bad '80s-style actioner.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

WWE star is no Rock; violent actioner falls flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie pushes the envelope for PG-13 violence, with pretty much nonstop action, including plenty of fights, explosions, and injuries/deaths. Weapons include guns, knives, hammers, cars (as both assault and explosive devices), and a chainsaw. Bodies crash through walls and windows, burn, and blow up. Potentially disturbing images include a badly burned villain, a drowning wife, and action scenes that involve shot-up, bloody bodies. Other stuff to watch out for: An early sex scene between the hero and his wife shows them in their underwear, her legs around him as she sits on the kitchen counter. One character uses "f--k," and all the villains use other foul language. A couple of scenes show manly men drinking beer.

  • Families can talk about the idea of breaking laws in order to achieve seemingly moral ends. While John's determination to rescue Kate is admirable, what do you think of his refusal to follow rules while making his outlaw opponents look "pathetic" or "crazy"? Do the ends ever justify the means? Also, how does the movie set up a specific conflict between Kate and Angela, so that the "girls" are set apart from the "boys" as adversaries? How does the movie use humor to diminish the effects of its violence (for example, Morgan as a butt for homophobic and racist jokes and Rome for Terminator jokes)?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Homophobic humor; a black thief repeatedly discusses racism ("always blame the black man"), and his associates repeatedly call him "crazy" bad jewel thieves, corrupt detective, and an extremely upright marine who breaks multiple rules and laws to achieve his ends.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Frequent explosions (vehicles and buildings); weapons include guns (shotguns, handguns, automatic), hatchet, grenades, knives, hammers, chainsaw, shoulder-mounted missile; bloody WWE-style fights, with stomping, kicking, body-slamming, and bodies leaping or thrown through glass or wooden walls; first scene shows blindfolded hostages in Iraq who are about to be killed when John roars in to save them; alligators grab one villain's body; women's fight includes kicking, punching, hair-pulling; woman nearly drowns handcuffed inside a submerged truck; badly burned villain attacks hero, who breaks his neck with a huge chain; at least three allusions to the rape in Deliverance.

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    Sex: Brief sex scene in bedroom (romantic/silhouetted upper bodies) and on kitchen counter (wife in bra and panties, husband in boxers); a shot through a woman's black-stockinged legs as she seduces her lover; women wear tight, cleavage-revealing tops; villain propositions female hostage; climactic clinch/kiss when the hero rescues his wife.

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus two or more uses of assorted other profanity ("bastard," "bitch," "hell," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "damn," "ass").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Coca Cola logo, Miller beer labels.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Beer drinking, cop car's bumper sticker refers to "drug dealer."