Black Mask

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

In this Hong Kong action film, a serum is given to a group of soldiers that makes them superfighters. They gain the ability to be stronger than everyone else and they dont feel pain. But when the serum proves to have serious side effects, the decision is made to eliminate all of the affected soldiers. Simon (Jet Li), one of the soldiers to be eliminated, escapes and begins living a new life under a new identity. After a year passes, the drug lords in Hong Kong begin to die, one by one, and Simon realizes, by the way they die, that they are being killed off by other superfighters who have also escaped. He decides that he is the only one that can stop the vigilante killings, so he uses a black mask to hide his identity and sets out to stop the remaining superfighters. BLACK MASK is an exciting nonstop action film with amazing cinematography and music. And although the movie is dubbed, fans of martial arts films will enjoy it.

The film begins with a highly intense, yet very violent scene, and that trend continues throughout. A certain brand of violence is expected in martial arts films, but at times the violence becomes unnecessarily graphic in this movie. In one scene, several people die by having their throats cut by flying compact discs. In another, a chemical released into the air burns people. When shootings and stabbings occur, blood either bubbles out of wounds or flies off of the victims as they are beaten. Since so much of the film revolves around the action sequences, the film stays away from a large amount of sexual content. However, at one point a woman is gagged and bound as part of some sort of weird sexual behavior, and she is later seen on top of a man, implying that they have sex. Although the movie is dubbed, foul language occurs regularly, including 8 f-words and 11 s-words. While the martial arts stunts and action scenes are often exciting, the foul language and graphic violence degrade an otherwise entertaining film.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Artisan Entertainment, 2700 Colorado Ave., Second Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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 (17) times - Mild 8, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (23) times (f-word 8, s-word 11, other 4)

Profanity: Few (4) times - All Regular (G 1, J 3)

Violence: Moderate and Graphic, (men shot, dead bodies piled up, men stabbed, chemicals burn people, men on fire, explosions, bloody surgery scene, hands and legs cut off, throats cut, men kicked, punched, and beaten)

Sex: Implied Once (couple on table)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (man licks womans face, woman tied and bound as part of sex act)

Drugs: Several times (smoking)

Other: Man urinates

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Young Adults

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