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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout

Sex & Nudity

  • The word porn is said once but is never spoken of or mentioned again. This is neither sex nor nudity.
  • Not at all
  • A sexual reference in the beginning.

Violence & Gore

  • A mentally disabled man is repeatedly tortured. He's repeatedly punched, threatened over a long period of time and tortured with extremely hot water. His face is extremely bloody and swollen.
  • A deer is shot onscreen, but no blood present as it is seen from afar. It is later seen through a foggy window.
  • A woman unties a beaten/bloody man who then smashes a window trying to escape. Another man is cut trying to subdue him. The tortured man holds a piece of broken glass in his hand, cutting it.
  • A decaying body is seen. Gore is not shown.
  • A detective slams a suspects face into a table in anger. Very graphic.
  • A mentally disabled man yanks a small dog up into the air by its lead for a few seconds. The dog struggles and appears to yelp in pain and is then released.


  • There are 41 uses of the F-word
  • A few religious exclamations and about 30 uses of milder language such as; sh*t, a*s, bi*ch, he*l, etc.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking: None
  • A man states that this is his first drink in 9 and a half years- after that the man drink alcohol certain times throughout the film
  • People drink occasionally, sometimes recreationally and other times to excess.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Movie is not for younger viewers.
  • The final act is very intense and distressing.
  • Many scenes throughout can be emotionally intense and unsettling to watch.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A detective mentions a list of local sex offenders in relation to the kidnapping.

Violence & Gore

  • A detective mentions a dog has been run over. No body but distressing to hear for dog lovers
  • A man shoots himself in the head. Blood splatters onto the wall behind him and he slumps to the floor. The scene is not as graphic as it sounds, but is quite emotional.
  • A man and woman shoot at each other. It's unclear where she's shot, but blood flies onto the wall behind her and she slumps to the floor. The man is shot in the forehead, but only a bloody gash and a damaged eye is seen.
  • A man is shot in the leg and thrown into a hole in the ground.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Two children are drugged and held hostage.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A mentally ill man is repeatedly tortured throughout the majority of the film.
  • The way how the families cope with the disappearance is really hard to watch and Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) starts to become scarier as the film progresses
  • Alex holds a puppy by its leash in the air for several seconds, strangling it. Brief but very unsettling.
  • It is revealed towards the end of the film that there is a satanic cult who's mission is to kidnap and kill as many children as possible. This revelation and the details of the cult are very disturbing.
  • This movie is extremely dark and brutal as it deals with child abduction and implied murder.

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