Dangerous Ground

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3 1/2

Rap singer Ice Cube stars in this very mediocre action film that takes his character, Vusi, back to South Africa after a 14-year absence. He left his homeland an African but returns as an American, with a very different perspective of his family's primitive traditions. Vusi's father has died and one of his brothers, Stephen, has disappeared. Vusi goes in search of Stephen in Johannesburg and discovers a city consumed by drugs and crime. His search leads him to Karen (Elizabeth Hurley), Stephen's stripper girlfriend who agrees to help find Stephen. They go from one smoked-filled, sleazy bar to another, and from one drug dealer to another. Stephen and Karen are both cocaine addicts whose sordid lives invite danger. Vusi, Karen and another brother finally come face to face with a creepy druglord in a violent confrontation. All Ice Cube needs is a red cape and blue body suit with "S" on his chest as he takes on this ridiculous Superman role. More like a home movie than a Hollywood production, Dangerous Ground isn't worth a dip into the piggy bank.

Karen's trashy character sports mini-skirts, high heels and low-cut necklines. She snorts cocaine, smokes dope and dances almost nude in a club scene where bare breasts and rear female nudity abound. She makes Vusi risk his life to buy drugs for her, and we're supposed to believe he can rehabilitate her by taking her to his family's rural village home. Don't you know his mama will be thrilled to have a drug-addicted stripper join her respectable family? Along with all of this are 76 obscenities and six regular profanities, plus 30 crudities. One point-blank shooting, many gun threats and life or death chases provide action and gore. Stephen and Karen are shown "shooting up" while Vusi is busy trying to save their lives. This film insults the public's intelligence with its disgusting language, nudity and gratuitous violence.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
New Line Cinema, 575 8th Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10018

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 (30) times - Mild 17, Moderate 13

Obscene Language: Many (76) times - s-word 23, f-word 51, other 2)

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular (G-d 5, J-C 1)

Violence: Several times - Moderate and Severe (point blank shooting, knife threat, man given electrical shock in genitals, carjacking, man beaten)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times (female breast and rear nudity in club, breast nudity in pictures on wall)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (prostitute approaches man, strippers dancing)

Drugs: Many times (cocaine, dope, opium use by addicts)

Other: Africans believe dead father's spirit lives in his spear

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Young black adults

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