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18A(18A) Brutal Violence


Action. An unexceptional man (Daniel Radcliffe) is kidnapped, surgically modified, and forced to participate in a violent online game against a violent killer (Samara Weaving).

Content elements

  • Pervasive use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, and profanity; infrequent use of vulgar expressions
  • Pervasive portrayals of brutal gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence - much blood, some detail
  • Infrequent male genital nudity in a non-sexual, crude context - little detail
  • Frequent portrayals of illegal substance use and abuse - some detail; infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context - little detail

Thematic elements

  • Social commentary
  • Survival
  • Coping with trauma

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for frequent brutal violence

Classification date

February 07, 2020