Excessive Force

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

This film delivers exactly what its title implies, almost constant bloody brutal fighting, killing, and gun battles. It takes place in Chicago where Terry McCain (Thomas Ian Griffith) is a mean cop obsessed with putting gang boss DiMarco in prison or destroying him. When Terry foils DiMarco's attempt to heist $3 million in drug money, he becomes the prime target for DiMarco's wrath. From this point on, the story becomes one vicious battle after another. Terry takes refuge in his girlfriend's apartment and an old farm house as the two try to survive DiMarco's brutal attacks. The story has plenty of suspense and excitement, but its ruthless violence will be repugnant to just about everyone except the most callous viewers.

The film's plot serves primarily as a vehicle to bombard viewers with a continuous stream of bloody beatings and killings. Either the police or the thugs are continually beating, kicking, stabbing or pounding their opponents into a bloody pulp. In some of the more sadistic scenes, DiMarco shoves a spike through a man's ear and heads are bashed against walls or through glass windows. There is also a barrage of intense obscenities and profanity. Steamy sex scenes include Terry and his girlfriend in a graphic sexual encounter with brief breast nudity. Even though the police win out over the criminals, no one should subject themselves to this unbearable film.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (19) times - Mild 6, Moderate 13.

Obscene Language: Many (55) times (f-word 36, s-word 16, other 3)

Profanity: Several (9) times - Regular

Violence: Almost continuous - Mostly severe (Brutal bloody fighting, kicking, beating, stabbing, shootings, head bashing, torture; spike shoved through ear, break legs, fall to death, explosion)

Sex: Once, brief, with breast nudity

Nudity: Breast nudity few times, rear nudity and woman in brief underwear

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (slang references to intercourse; caressing in shower, seductive nearly nude woman

Drugs: Several times (alcohol drinking; cocaine sniffing)

Other: None

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