Source: Catholic News Service
Excessively violent revenge drama directed by John Singleton about four street toughs -- two white (Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund) and two black (Andre Benjamin and Tyrese Gibson) -- raised as foster brothers who return home to Detroit to avenge the brutal murder of their saintly adoptive mother. Despite believable performances and chemistry, the quartet is wholly unsympathetic (save for Benjamin) and their thuggish eye-for-an-eye tactics have little to do with true justice and undermine the shaky narrative's emotional drama. Recurring strong violence and gore, vengeful killings, vigilantism, a sexual encounter, some crass sexual humor, fleeting rear shower nudity, pervasive raw language and 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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