What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gritty police drama set in New York City in the months following 9/11 begins (in flashback) as a scared, cornered young boy shoots and kills a violent man and then accidentally kills another man. There's a good deal of blood, plus several more killings later in the movie and strong verbal violence. Sexual content is limited to once scene, but it's a very disturbing one in which a grown man gives oral sex to a pre-teen boy (the act is shown from a distance, and the man's head is seen hovering over the boy's crotch). Language is nearly constant, with "f--k" in almost every sentence.
- Families can talk about the film's violence. Is it necessary to the story? How would such a violent childhood affect the main character growing up?
- Do you consider any of the characters role models? Are they intended to be?
- Did the police do the right thing in trying to protect Jonathan and cover up his crimes? Is it true that no one cares about his victims?