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MPAA Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A soldier tells another (with an injured hand) "You'll be back to wanking in no time." The injured soldier replies "Wrong hand."no nudity or sex scene at all .

Violence & Gore

  • A few scenes of combat violence with bloody injuries.
  • Compared to many other modern war films the brutality of war is quite restrained in this film as it concentrates on the emotional impact of violence rather than graphic. Though note this film still has its fair share of graphic violence.
  • A plane crashes and an injured soldier is seen.
  • There is a war scene, soldiers are seen being attacked by bombs and guns.
  • Two soldiers fight onscreen. One chokes the other to death.
  • A brief standoff of two soldiers shows one bloody soldier on the ground. Brief moment.
  • A scene across no mans land shows some corpses with bloody wounds. A character slips and his hand goes into a large open wound in a dead soldiers back.
  • A scene near the end of the film shows a field hospital with many soldiers suffering from severe wounds. A soldier missing an arm, and several soldiers missing pieces of their legs are shown. Camera does not focus on these injuries, however they are in plain view for 10-15 seconds.
  • While helping a fellow soldier, one gets his hand punctured by barbed wire.
  • Dead and decomposing horses are shown, with accompanying visuals and sounds of swarming flies.
  • Bodies of dead soldiers are shown floating in a river. Several bodies are bloated from exposure to the elements.
  • Majority of the graphic violence in this movie is seen only in aftermath such as rotted corpses, injured soldiers and scattered limbs across the battlefield (No Mans Land)
  • Violence isn't nearly as frequent as other war films but is very graphic when onscreen.
  • A drunk character vomits on the floor. This is seen in plain view, but only from afar.
  • Most of the violence is just dead bodies and wounded soldiers.
  • A body is carried with blood absorbed on a cloth on a dead soldiers eye, implying he was shot in the eye.


  • 7-9 uses of "Jesus", less than 5 uses of "shit", a few uses of "bastard", a few uses of "hell"
  • 1 use of the word "wanking"
  • 13 uses of "fuck".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lieutenant Leslie is seen smoking a cigarette just as he blesses the two soldiers before they go over the top.
  • A German soldier (only seen from afar) is heavily drunk.
  • A soldier in the troop transporter lights a cigarette.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire film is made to look one long continuous take so it's always intense
  • The ending is quite intense. A solider runs across the battlefield, and in the background we can see soldiers being killed.
  • A lot of the violent scenes are very intense. There is a scene where a soldier is being chased by shooting enemies which is quite intense. The music adds to this dramatic atmosphere throughout the movie.
  • No scary imagery throughtout the entire movie. A skeleton is shown briefly and there are scenes with low lighting.


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Violence & Gore

  • A plane crash lands with the pilot, suffering burns, being pulled out of the wreckage. A bloody stabbing and shooting then follow.
  • A character bleeds to death from a stab wound in the arms of his friend. A lot of blood is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A scene where a character begins to cry when he realizes he is going to die is very intense. This scene lasts a while since it is one shot, and we watch the soldier take his final breaths. Very intense.
  • It can be emotional when a soldier learns of his brother's death.
  • A character caught in a river climbs across dozens of bloated corpses to get out. The corpses are obviously of massacred civilians, as there are women among them and they are all gagged. It is very emotional and disturbing.
  • Whilst in underground trenches, a trip-wire causes a bomb to go off. It is very unexpected and could throw some viewers off guard.
  • A man is stabbed and slowly dies. This frightens his partner and the experience stays with him for the rest of the film.

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