Corruptor, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

Chinatown in New York City is a tough place to be a cop and even tougher if you're not of Asian descent. Detective Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) is a white cop in the NYPD hooked up with Lt. Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat), a regular plain-clothes cop on the beat in Chinatown. Danny and Nick team up to help bring down a powerful Asian gang, The Fukinese Dragons. But the loyalties get complicated and it's hard to know who is working for or against the Dragons, including the cops. When Nick finds out Danny works for internal affairs and is investigating him, his own partner, for alleged misconduct, tempers flare and Danny's loyalty to the partnership is put to the test. THE CORRUPTOR makes an obvious attempt at shocking us with disturbing content in the hopes of being entertaining. It doesnt work.

THE CORRUPTOR is a story of prostitution, drug rings, violence, bribery, and - not surprisingly - corruption on both sides of the law. The great moral dilemma of the story is whether Danny, working as an internal affairs operative, can sell out his own partner, Chen, for apparent loyalties to the Chinatown underworld. For one thing, cops don't "rat out" other cops and, for another, Danny is being seduced by the same corruption he would be pointing out in Chen. The underlying message of the film is that pointing out misconduct, even if that's your job, is the wrong thing to do--a message that seems to be fairly popular these days. Several scenes of full frontal nudity, sexual intercourse, drug and alcohol abuse, graphic violence, and obscene language complete the picture of a seedy and morally degrading film. Violence is especially disturbing with close-up gunshots to the head, gang style beatings and executions, and innocent people getting killed in the crossfire of street warfare. The Corruptor is no place for the Christian moviegoer, even for the intended adult audience.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
New Line Cinema,888 7th Ave., 20th Floor, NY, NY 10112

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 (10) times (Mild 1, Moderate 9)

Obscene Language: Many (50) times (f word 24, s word 18, other 8)

Profanity: Few (3) times Regular 3 (C, God forbid, Swear to God)

Violence: Many times - Graphic and Disturbing (explosions, many people shot and killed, pointblank gunshots to head, intense rapid fire gunfights, gang style beatings and executions, nude dead woman in dumpster (very bloody), random death of innocent people, men hit by car and truck, man shoots himself in mouth, man electrocuted, man burned to death)

Sex: Once (with female nudity on massage table)

Nudity: Many times (full frontal female nudity of dead prostitute, several scenes in brothels with female frontal and rear nudity, three women in bed showing breast and rear nudity, intercourse with female breast nudity, male rear nudity); Near Nudity: Several times (woman in revealing clothing, men and women in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several references to male erection, panty raid, female breasts and male genitalia being rubbed; man tries to drop pants in public, kissing and caressing, men getting massages by call girls)

Drugs: Several times (beer, hard liquor, wine, some drunkenness, cigarette smoking, cocaine use)

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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