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MPAA Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images

Sex & Nudity

  • A couple is seen making out at the movie theater

Violence & Gore

  • The battle scenes are extremely graphic, realistic, and absolutely spine chilling to watch. They are long, and filled with bloody gunfire, graphic stabbings with knives and bayonets, and lots of gruesome explosions which separate limbs and leave blood everywhere. It has tons of guts, limbs, intestines, and tons of blood everywhere.
  • This movie is just as violent as Saving Private Ryan.
  • In the beginning there are soldiers being burned alive by flamethrowers and in the midst of explosions and others being shot during the combat of war
  • A boy hits another boy in the head with a brick while they are fighting
  • A man has his leg crushed by a car which gives him compound fracture and causes blood to spurt out of his leg
  • A man smashes a glass bottle on a tombstone as a result his hand bleeds on the tombstone from his wound
  • A man throws a knife into another man's foot
  • A man punches a man in the face in order to instigate a fight and test him
  • A group of men beat up a man which results with the man bloody and bruised
  • In the later half of the film the tone drastically changes into a more dark atmosphere and becomes very intense which also has long battles that contain graphic war violence involving:
  • Soldiers being riddled with bullets through torsos, legs, and heads with blood spurting out.
  • Explosions from grenades, mortars, and RPGs that cause some lost of limbs and tissue damage.
  • Soldiers being stabbed/bayoneted and beaten up with fists.
  • Soldiers are burned alive with flame throwers and exploded by them as well.
  • Some soldiers are decapitated and commit suicide with self stabbing and kamikaze attacks.
  • There are soldiers dead on the ground with intestines strewn out and missing limbs on the ground which also on some bodies have rotting flesh with maggots and rats feeding off of the bodies
  • Body parts are shown being blown off throughout each battle scene.


  • A few uses of "shit" and "bitch"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is seen drinking whiskey from a bottle during the day. He is later described as being an alcoholic.
  • Some soldiers smoke cigarettes. (Realistic)

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a fistfight between two brothers, which takes a dark turn when one of the brothers smashes the other over the head with a brick. The brother is immediately knocked out, and it is implied that he might be dead.
  • There is a scene where a father is beating his wife and threatening her with a gun. His son comes in, takes the gun from him and points it at his father. This scene could prove to be disturbing to some viewers.
  • The movie portrays the horrors of war as it is, and does so realistically.
  • There is a jump scare when two opposing soldiers are frightened upon contact and shooting occurs.
  • Once the violence breaks out it is a long and intense


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

Sex & Nudity

  • After Desmond marries Dorothy, at night she takes her robe off (she has a slip under) and they kiss passionately, but the scene ends after they dive into the bed.

Violence & Gore

  • All the violence starts when a man fall onto what he thinks is a dead body but it's gets up. They both scream and then are torn apart by gunfire. After that it's all basically just violence and gore.
  • After Desmond kisses Dorothy, she slaps him because he didn't ask.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • One particular frightening scene is when one soldier whom is thought to be dead gets up and screams. As he screams his face is shot off in close up.

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