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Cradle 2 the Grave

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Source: Catholic News Service

Brutal action film in which a thief (DMX) whose little daughter has been kidnapped must retrieve stolen black diamonds as ransom and so reluctantly teams with a Taiwanese cop (Jet Li) who has his own reasons for finding the black ice. Director Andrzek Bartkowiak orchestrates a noisy, chaotic tale of murder and revenge where fatherly affection seems to negate felonious crimes. Excessive violence, a sexually suggestive scene and sexual references, much rough language, racist remarks and a few instances of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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