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Despite being rated R for a scene of rape, such scene is not shown. A robber is seen pulling a gagged and tied up woman's skirt up, but we do not know if he actually rapes her or not, as no detail is shown, and the sequence is brief.

A woman is seen lying on a mattress, appearing to be asleep. She is wearing a thong and her butt is shown, but not in close-up.

In a sequence, the main character removes all of his clothing, but the scene is dark, and only his bare chest and backside are shown. He is seen shirtless shortly after too, in bright light.


The violence is frequent, fundamental and strong in this movie, but usually not very graphic. However, several scenes are more intense and graphic in the director's cut.

There is a scene where a man is receiving the death sentence via lethal injection. The man screams in pain and agonizes for a few minutes before dying, because the mixture was incorrect. His body is tense and stained, and the veins become bloody red.

In a sequence, a man is prepared for torture by another man. He is tied up and paralyzed, and gets several injections. The other man begins the torture by cutting his leg, but this is offscreen, and the scene ends there. Later, his corpse is shown cut in different pieces, having been severed with different objects (saw, knife, cutter, etc.). The body is seen on a table, and the head on another table, but neither are in close-up. However, the torture scene is graphically discussed and explained later on.

A man is stabbed repeatedly in the neck with a steak bone. We see a lot of blood on the wall. The man who killed him is shown completely drenched in blood.

A man buried underground is shown dead.

Some gun shots kill a few people.

Pictures of a dead child are shown.

A man is punched several times in the face, then spits blood.

Several explosions occur, killing numerous people in their cars.

A woman is shot in the head, and lots of blood is shown on the floor (graphic).

A man is hit in the head with a baseball bat, and then twice in the ribs as he is lying on the floor.


Close to 33 F-words, one is mouthed (and it's derivatives), pervasive uses of "asshole", "damn", "hell", and some of "shit", "balls", and one of "penis", not said in a sexual way.


Some drugs are seen in a man's apartment and on a woman's bed.


This movie is focused on violence, murder, revenge, and one man's twisted sense of justice. It is also quite thought-provoking.

People bothered by violence and sickened by torture might find some scenes disturbing.

Although the torture sequence is not shown in detail, the setup is very intense and suggestive; also, a DVD of the sequence is sent to a little girl later on and she views it (also suggested and not shown).

The death of a certain woman is very sudden, unexpected, intense, and graphic.

A man picks up a little girl and takes her into another room. It's implied that he kills her.

Total Explicit Rating: 35/50

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Austria:16 / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) / Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-15/13 (original rating) / France:12 (with warning) / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 (original rating) / Ireland:16 (re-rating on appeal) / Italy:T / Japan:R15+ / Malaysia:18PL / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Africa:16 / South Korea:15 / South Korea:18 (DVD rating) / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:R-18 / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #45572)

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