Source: Catholic News Service
Excessively brutal crime drama about a low-level member of New Jersey Mafia crew (Paul Walker) whose ill-fated decision not to dispose of an incriminating gun has disastrous consequences when his son's best friend (Cameron Bright) steals it, touching off a frantic search for the weapon and setting in motion a cycle of escalating violence involving Italian mobsters, Russian gangsters, a corrupt cop (Chazz Palminteri) and pedophile predators. Beyond its visual slickness, writer-director Wayne Kramer's after-hours tour of Jersey's sleazy underbelly is an obscenity-soaked, one-note symphony of bloody mayhem that assaults viewers unrelentingly from its gratuitously grisly opening gunfight to its equally over-the-top climax. Pervasive strong and graphic violence, including gory shootings and beatings, scenes of child and spousal abuse, suggested pedophilia, a vulgar simulation of oral sex involving shadowy, partial, frontal female nudity and brief rear male nudity, full-frontal female strip-club nudity, drug content and nonstop rough and crude language, as well as profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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