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MPAA Rated R for intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • A photo of a woman in her underwear.
  • A man makes a hand gesture representing masturbation

Violence & Gore

  • A hand of a soldier is blown off by gunfire. The other soldier puts it in his pocket.
  • A soldier's finger is shown cut.
  • A soldier is shown cut in half by an RPG. His remaining body is shown lying on the ground with his guts hanging out of his belly.
  • Once the battle starts, it is non-stop action (with one short gap, but contains a graphic and disturbing medical scene).
  • Graphic, bloody scenes. Very intense violence.
  • Throughout the movie, many explosions occur and countless shots are fired and many men are hit. Sometimes blood is seen squirting, spraying, or gushing out, other times little blood is seen.


  • 37 uses of "fuck" (2 mouthed with "mother"), 21 uses of "shit" (including 1 spoken as "B-S"), 8 of "Goddamn," 7 of "ass," 6 of "hell," 3 of "damn," 3 of "son of a bitch," and 1 use each of "Christ," "Jesus Christ," the middle finger, "Swear to God," "Jesus" and the masturbation gesture.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking is shown and discussed briefly.
  • A few references to drugs and alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • As violent and unsettling as this film is, it is a heroic depiction of self sacrificing heroes in the Somali war
  • The combat lasts two unbroken hours and is very intense. There is a lot of disturbing and graphic violence that will shock and sicken some viewers. The movie also uses aggressive sound design and music to amplify the impact of the story.


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Violence & Gore

  • A soldier is hit by an unexploded RPG through a vehicle door. His dead body is then pulled to show the smoking shell protruding graphically from his abdomen.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • An American soldier emerges from hiding in a school. He slips on the door frame and falls. A Somali child holding a machine gun fires as he falls, but misses and shoots his father instead He rushes over and is shown crying in shock as his father screams in agony from his wounds.
  • Three soldiers are left stranded in a crashed helicopter as hundreds of people surround them. They are eventually overcome and killed. This is a very upsetting and scary scene.

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