Good sci-fi idea thwarted by dull, violent filmmaking.
“Bloodshot” is a sci-fi/action movie based on a comic book about a soldier (Vin Diesel) who’s given superpowers and uses them to avenge his wife’s death. Violence is strong and frequent, if largely bloodless. Expect lots of guns and shooting, punching, stabbing and car chases. Characters die, and the main character’s skin is blown off his face (his skull is briefly shown). Language includes a use of “f---,” plus “s---,” “a--hole” and more, as well as a middle-finger gesture. A married couple is shown in bed — they’re both shirtless, but the woman’s is back to the camera. They nuzzle and embrace. Another woman is shown in various revealing outfits, and there’s some sex-related talk and innuendo. Characters drink shots of liquor, and a cigarette is shown. (109 minutes)
The Hunt (R)
Intensely gory but fiendishly funny dark political satire.
“The Hunt” is a dark, extremely violent satire about a group of wealthy, elite liberals who hunt and kill a group of rural conservatives. It’s incredibly graphic, with tons of blood and gore, exploding heads, bodies getting ripped in half, eyeballs being yanked out, etc. People (and a pig) are killed by guns, knives, arrows and many other means, and there are extended fight scenes. Language is also extra-strong, with uses of “f---,” “s---,” “a--hole” and many more. A female character is briefly objectified while wearing a revealing outfit, but otherwise there’s no sexual content. Characters smoke cigarettes, sip champagne and mention being drugged. Despite the controversy around the movie’s original, canceled 2019 release, it’s actually well-made and clever, skewering everyone equally. Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin co-star. (90 minutes)
ThunderCats Roar! (TV-Y7-FV)
Funny reboot of 1980s cartoon has some fantasy violence.
“ThunderCats Roar!” is the second reboot of the original 1980s “ThunderCats” animated series. It’s much lighter than the 2011 version but has lots of fast-paced humor that might go over some young kids’ heads. There’s no swearing, but some of the characters do yell insults at their enemies. Expect frequent fantasy violence (shooting lasers, crashes, chases, etc.), all of which is cartoonish and played for comedy. (11-minute episodes)
On Cartoon Network. Also available via Hulu Live and other streaming platforms.
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