Red Corner

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1

Jack Moore (Richard Gere), a top-notch attorney representing a U.S. entertainment corporation, has just negotiated a lucrative joint venture with the Chinese government for a satellite communications contract. Afterwards, he meets a beautiful model at a nightclub. They go back to his hotel, and early the next morning he is awakened by a swarm of Chinese police. with the model's dead body and her blood all over him, Jack is implicated in her murder. He's beaten, taken to jail, then and told he must plead guilty or he will be executed within a week. His young female court-appointed attorney, Shen Yuelin (Bai Ling), cannot persuade the American to plead guilty. Moore's determination to prove his innocence finally convinces Shen she must help him. The two engage in a dangerous battle, each risking certain death to save the other. RED CORNER delivers a powerful message about China's disregard for human rights and its brutal judicial system. That, plus intrigue and heart-stopping action, should make it a box office hit.

The film's R rating comes primarily from the violence, which is intense but not gratuitous. Moore's inhumane prison treatment includes painful slaps, beatings and kicks to his stomach and head. Hands and feet chained, he is thrown almost naked into a tiny, freezing cell with no blanket. A guard brings a bowl of rice and mixes it with water from a filthy commode in the cell. Later he and Shen are trapped in a locked car as gunfire erupts directly at them. Moore manages to escape, still handcuffed, and a hair-raising chase follows. Shen is almost killed when a plastic bag is wrapped around her head. The murder scene in the hotel is brief but bloody with just a glimpse of the dead model. Moore's night of passion with the model includes implied sex as the two are shown in bed caressing along with her nude silhouette and brief breast nudity. The American executive and his Chinese lawyer develop a pure and innocent love for each other through mutual respect and admiration. Foul language is surprisingly sparse, which includes three obscenities, no profanities, and three crudities. Mature audiences will probably not be offended by RED CORNERs frequent violence but the one implied sex scene, plus the few obscenities are gratuitous.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

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: Few (3) times - Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Few (3) times - S-word 2, other 1

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (inhumane treatment of prisoners; slaps, kicks to stomach and head; woman's head covered with plastic bag; man shot at while trapped in car; prisoners executed by firing squad)

Sex: Implied once (couple in bed, caressing)

Nudity: Once (woman's nude silhouette, brief breast nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: One crude reference to male genitals

Drugs: Few times - alcohol drinking


Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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