What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this "hard PG-13" thriller seems just a drop of blood or two away from an R rating. Not only is there a great deal of violence, but a disturbing subplot centers on young women being kidnapped into the seedy world of sex slavery. The themes of revenge, vigilantism, sex and drug trafficking, and international political corruption are too intense for young audiences. Language is moderate ("s--t," "a--hole"), but drug use is widespread (though not a lot of actual use is shown on camera), and characters also drink and smoke.
- Families can talk about what makes this PG-13-rated movie different from R-rated films.
- Is the violence less graphic or upsetting? Why or why not? What impact does seeing this kind of violence have on teens?
- Families can also discuss the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's actions justified because he finds his daughter?
- Kim and her friend partially to blame for their perilous dilemma? What mistakes did they make?
- How are Americans portrayed in the film (versus Europeans)?