Source: Catholic News Service
Visually bold but ultraviolent movie based on Frank Miller's hard-edged graphic novels which weaves together pulp-crime stories from the popular comic book series, including the tale of an honest cop (Bruce Willis) trying to protect a girl from a politically connected sadistic killer, and a street brawler (Mickey Rourke) who goes on a killing spree to avenge the murder of a prostitute. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the movie is a hard-boiled fever dream of excessive brutality, morbid humor and sexual imagery which -- though highly stylized and intentionally over-the-top -- pushes the envelope of even its restrictive R rating. Gratuitous graphic violence, including dismemberment and decapitation, sexual situations with nudity, a suicide, an execution, as well as rough and crude language. 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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