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Mutant Chronicles Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Stylized, slapdash sci-fi bloodbath is gory and grim.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie in theaters and not the Director's Cut that's available on DVD. This violent sci-fi action movie is bloody, gory, and grim. A man kills a wounded comrade in arms at point-blank range; skulls are penetrated by monsters' inhuman claws; extensive swordplay means limbs and heads are lopped off with remarkable frequency -- and so on. Plus, the film's overall tone is bleak, with a resigned cynicism that both evokes the old-school war films and makes the film a bit of chore to watch. You can also expect constant strong language, some crude sex talk, smoking, and drinking.

  • Families can talk about whether sci-fi/fantasy violence has more or less impact than other kinds of media violence. Why? What kinds of consequences do different types of violence have in movies and TV shows?
  • Families can also discuss how faith is portrayed in the movie, from itstagline ("Have faith") to the fact that the heroes are dispatched by aholy order of priests. Do you think the filmmakers are trying to sendspecific messages?

The good stuff
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    Messages: While much of the film's action is depicted as being toward a greater good, the film is so violent and hard-bitten that it makes it hard to sift the good out from the bloody background. There's extensive discussion of corporate control, as the four multinational companies who run the world wageand fight wars.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Constant, blood-spurting, sci-fi war violence, much of it perpetrated by hideous monsters. Explosions from artillery kill people; there are images of bloody field surgery, as well as dead and wounded bodies (including people shot in the head). The monsters use their clawed hands to kill, impale, and slash human beings, with the effects shown in blood-spurting, slow-mo close-up. Eviscerated human beings are seen dropping their guts to the ground. Limbs are lopped off.

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    Sex: Crude discussion of sexual conduct. Soldiers imply that they'll take sexual advantage of a woman they're rescuing from certain death.

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    Language: Constant strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "bastards," "ass," "faggot," "motherf---er," "short hairs," "Christ," "pendejo," and more.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent smoking; characters drink hard liquor.