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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence

Sex & Nudity

  • A man asks a woman if she's sleeping with somebody.
  • One kiss (which is on the cheek)

Violence & Gore

  • A villain binds a man with magic, then decapitates him (the latter happens offscreen, only the impact is heard).
  • A person slams to the pavement through a glass awning from an extreme height and the impact is shown. Extremely intense; see Frightening/Intense scenes section.
  • There are multiple surgery scenes where the wounds are shown being sewn or entered with surgical instruments.
  • There is a scene of a man being slammed around by the head by a magical cloak. It is supposed to be slightly humorous, so it doesn't seem quite as violent as it really is.
  • The car accident has slow motion shots of Steven's hands getting crushed.
  • The post accident shots of Steven are both bloody and kind of gruesome with all of the stabilizing metal work coming out of his hands and his face is disfigured and scarred.
  • There is a scene where Steven is attacked by three thugs who beat him to the ground and kick him repeatedly.
  • There is a shot of a dead man impaled on a large metal rod.
  • There is a shot of a person being crushed by a building.
  • A character is stabbed through the stomach. You see his blood splatter on the ground numerous times as he attempts to get to a hospital. When he does get to the hospital, you see his open wound (bloody) being sewed closed. Slightly graphic.
  • Three characters have the skin around their eyes dissolve during an evil ritual; it is not very violent, but quite unsettling. The characters are seen throughout the movie with burned eyes.
  • A man's spirit is shoved against a wall until he bursts into ashes, covering the wall in some soot.


  • Religious exclamations.
  • One incomplete use of "fuck," along with other profanities like "shit," "asshole" and "bullshit."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • An end-credits scene shows a character drinking beer, but it is in a humorous fashion.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some of the visuals can be nauseating to viewers. There is a scene of flashing lights.
  • There are a few surreal sequences which may bother some viewers
  • The main character skids off a mountain road, crashes his car and is almost killed; his hands are broken and he loses the ability to do his job, which requires the very diligent use of hands and fingers (He is a doctor). This man is seen in a desperate place, being forced to give up his job.
  • The main character is beaten up by a group of thieves and his last, precious possession is broken.
  • The main character is shown a dark being and told how this being is constantly trying to destroy the earth and all life.
  • The main character is almost killed and emergency surgery attempted
  • The main character's spirit projection appears out of his body, scaring the doctor in the room; he gives her guidance through the projection.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • An Important character is stabbed then dropped hundreds of stories; they die and are shown bloody and broken.
  • A scene where a main character is killed multiple times through brutal ways. It is shown very quickly though and he always comes back.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Someone was smoking a doobie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman is stabbed and falls hundreds of stories. She dies peacefully.

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