Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Kingsman movie, based on the comic series by the same name, has more than earned it’s R rating. The movie is extremely violent, involving many gory deaths ranging from being sliced in half, to head explosions, all of which is onscreen. The opening involves a very violent fight scene, followed by the earlier mentioned scene of a man getting sliced in half with a very distinct and gut-wrenching sound. A man has his head blown up, which later escalates into an entire montage of various people dying in such a way to classical music. The plot of the movie, without revealing too much, involves a ‘rage-virus’ of sorts through technology, that causes people to fall into a frothing rage, and indiscriminately attack anyone and everyone close by. The first time this happens, it’s inside a church which, though it’s filled with religious bigots, is still alarming in it’s gore and can be very overwhelming. The second time this happens, a mother tries to rip her way through a bathroom door to murder her infant child. Alongside all the carnage that’s already happening in the film, it can be a little much for people who have trouble with violence. The movie is extremely violent, and seems to take great relish in their well-earned R rating. I don’t recommend this movie, unless you’re prepared for the level of violence that’s to be expected. But, if you are, it can be genuinely enjoyable for the viewer, with a lot of clever jokes and downright enjoyable characters.

Power Rangers (2017)

As would be expected of a movie based on a show about people running around in spandex, the 2017 reboot of the Power Rangers series is pretty painless for people with anxiety. Most of the movie is pretty much nonviolent, with a few moments here and there that may catch the attention of concerned parents and anxious viewers. For example, the update of Rita Repulsa is distinctly more aggressive in this version. While it isn’t actually visible onscreen, there is a scene where she rips open a hobo’s mouth to get to the gold inside his mouth. It’s only shown in shadow, but the noises and graphic thoughts that would likely accompany it would be concerning to many. She also attacks a jewelry store, destroying the place in a very alarming and concerning way. Not to mention, a nightmare scene occurs that would definitely scare a younger child. Finally, the climax could be extremely scary to those who feel anxiety about crowd scenes. It’s a lot of carnage all happening at once. While the action is meant to be funny, it can be stressful trying to focus on everything that’s happening all at once. Overall, the Power Rangers movie takes a few more chances than what would be expected with a series like this, and there are quite a few moments that would cause alarm, but I overall feel it’s worth a view to see the new take on an old classic.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

TMNT 2014 is surprisingly easy to view, in spite of the childhood-scarring cgi that makes up most of it. Now, while I can pick on the cgi for the turtles all I want, that’s not what I’m here for. But, in all respects, TMNT is very easy to watch for when it comes to most anxiety triggers. The violence that does happen onscreen is almost entirely happening to cgi creatures, which are very easy to distinguish from the human characters. While there are one or two scenes that involve humans not covered by outrageously pointy armor being injured. During a scene where the Shredder is training, he snaps the hand of someone fighting against him, and does beat the crap out of him, but still in a way that seems very PG-13, as the movie is rated. A later scene involves a random mook being poisoned by mutagen. The mook’s skin then proceeds to be melted off his body as he dies, in a way that makes me wonder how on Earth that managed to be included in a Nickelodeon movie. The scene would probably scare a young child considerably, as well as anyone with anxieties about gore. As far as the rest of the movie, there’s a lot of blood that gets medically drained out of the bodies of the turtles, but the rest is mostly bloodless and without needless gore. However, I do recommend skipping past the gas-testing scene if you have a young child, or get queasy by that kind of thing.

Mad Max Fury Road

Fury Road, as expected of a Mad Max movie, can often have very jarring and violent moments. Some of the most prominent ones include several jarring scenes of dying people, the death of a pregnant woman, and the enslavement of women. While not shown onscreen, there is implied rape of the female characters. Most of the movie is made up of characters dying, and the bloodiness varies depending on the scene. Due to the fact that a lot of the intense scenes are done without the use of CGI, it’s possible that one may find them more intense than when done with special effects. For the most part, the blood isn’t focused on, but there is a shocking amount of cruelty and abuse towards women in this film that may trigger unfortunate thoughts or memories for some people. Overall, there’s a lot going on in this movie, and it’s difficult to tell exactly what scenes would be objectionable for certain viewers, as everyone is completely different in what makes them uncomfortable. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of violence towards women, blood, and intense scenes of violence.

The Giver

The Giver, as far as most sci-fi dystopian films go, is rather non-violent and bloodless. However, there are a handful of scenes that I believe viewers should be aware of. In the movie, there is a rather unexpected flash to a vision of war, which I believe to be the Vietnam war. It’s rather surprising, and, while there is some lead-up to it, it is better to be prepared for it, rather than just go in blindly. People are shot onscreen, and there is a large amount of fear and confusion going on in said scene. There is also a segment that includes the killings of two elephants by poachers, but the suffering of the animals is not drawn out in any way. The final potentially triggering scene, which I feel needs to be discussed very clearly, is the death of a baby that happens onscreen. The baby is killed in a medical, non-violent way, but they still show the baby very clearly dying, and having it’s body disposed of. The scene is intended to shock the viewer and, while the film makers were respectful about not exploiting it with needless gore, the death is still shocking and very upsetting if you’re unprepared for it. However, if you feel you will be alright with these scenes, than I recommend the movie, as it is a surprisingly interesting experience.