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MPAA Rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • At a party two women's breasts are shown.
  • A man tells another man he would have friends in prison kill him in a "deeply pornographic" manner.

Violence & Gore

  • 7/10 - a lot of bloodless violence.
  • A man is shot by a SWAT officer and shown lying on the ground soaked in blood, but this is revealed to be a ruse.
  • Four other men are shot dead by SWAT officers, but there is little blood.
  • A man is kicked repeatedly.
  • A man shoots another in the knee, shoulder and then a third time, killing him; there is little blood.
  • Several people are shot, including young children, but there is no blood.
  • A man shoots another in the chest; blood spurts.
  • A man kills another by shooting a gas canister; he is shown being engulfed in flames and his burning body is shown.
  • A man is shot in the back, but there is no blood.
  • A man wrestles with another and throws him to the floor. He is grabbed from behind by a second man who is then stabbed in the back (no blood). The man on the ground then attacks him with a knife; he overpowers him, cuts his cheek, and slams his head into a post.
  • Gunmen chase a woman and her young son and force them to crash by shooting out the tires on their car; leaving them with bloody wounds. They flee and and are chased down and run over; upsetting, but not overly graphic.
  • A man is shot in the leg and shoulder with blood spurting from the impact. His adversary then kicks and punches him repeatedly in the face, breaking his nose and leaving his eye swollen shut. He is then shot in the chest; this is shown from a distance.
  • There is a scene where people are being tortured by having their piercings removed with pliers. It happens behind the scenes, so you'll doesn't see anything.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 5/10
  • Some drinking and casual smoking nothing off note.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 9/10
  • There is a scene where Frank prepares to torture a man hanging upside down for information by blow torching his back, however, he really torches a steak and sticks his popsicle to his back. The man doesn't know this until after he gives Frank the information he wanted. This might be intense, but it's meant to be funny.
  • Frank tricks Saint into killing his wife and his closest friend on false accusations, none of them know why he does it. This might be very upsetting.
  • "The Punisher" may lack in violence, but the raw practicality and lack of CGI make it look very real and gritty, making it all the more intense.
  • In spite of its light violence, the film has a very dark and depressing tone, as it is about a man whose entire family tree is completely massacred who then goes out on a violent vendetta after the ones responsible.
  • 18+

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