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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language

Sex & Nudity

  • A naked man gets arrested. His buttocks is briefly visible.
  • The reason that Gerard Butler is killing people is because a man raped and killed his wife. We do not see a rape scene, but it is implied.
  • A woman with bare buttocks is seen lying on a mattress asleep.
  • 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.

Violence & Gore

  • 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's 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 closeup. However, the torture scene is graphically discussed and explained later on.
  • A man is stabbed in the neck with a steak bone. Wound not visible because the assailants hand is covering it.
  • A man is buried underground, we briefly see his corpse.
  • Some gun shots kill a few people.
  • A picture of a corpse is briefly seen as being part of crime photo's. Not graphic
  • 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.
  • A man is hit in the head with a baseball bat, and then twice in the ribs as he is lying on the floor.


  • As a lethal injection, probably botched, occurs, the man being executed drops the f-bomb twice in the same scene.
  • 57 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.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some drugs are seen in a man's apartment and on a woman's bed.
  • A beer bottle is shown for a few seconds.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie is focused on violence, murder, revenge, and one man's twisted sense of justice.
  • People bothered by violence and sickened by torture might find some scenes disturbing.
  • The death of a certain woman is very sudden, unexpected, intense, and graphic.

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