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Inferno | 2016 | PG-13 | - 2.6.5

The third entry in the Dan Brown "Da Vinci Code" series: A prominent symbologist (Tom Hanks) finds himself in a hospital after an accident that has left him with memory loss. Reconstructing the past with flashbacks and a series of clues left by a dead man, he tries to solve an intricate life-threatening puzzle. Also with Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu and Ida Darvish. Directed by Ron Howard. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in a foreign language with English subtitles. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman lies on top of a man in bed and they kiss tenderly while talking. A man and a woman kiss on a street and embrace. A man and a woman hug.
 A man is shirtless when washing his face and we see his upper chest and back. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is stabbed in the back and falls over dead (we hear a crunch); the attacker then pounds the man with what looks like a fireplace poker off-screen. A man is chased through narrow European streets, finds an entrance to a tower, men follow him up to the top and the man seems to be turning around to turn himself in, but falls back and out of an opening (we see him fall, bounce off two roofs and land hard on the ground with a thud; no blood is shown). A man is stabbed in the side, he fights with the man who stabbed him and the other man is stabbed (we hear crunches and see bloody wounds); a third man stabs the first man and he is then stabbed. A man hits a woman and holds her under water (nearly drowning her) until he is shot several times.
 An explosive is detonated and the shockwave blows people and water around; we see a dead woman floating in water and a man also floating dead. A man imagines another man walking toward him and a large snake wraps around his shoulders and bites him on the neck (we hear a crunch). A woman shoots a man twice in the torso (we see bloody holes on the back of his shirt and he falls to the floor motionless. A woman with a gun shoots at a man and a woman as they get into a cab and speed away (no one is injured). A man kicks a bathroom door open and he is pounded in the face with a fire extinguisher and a woman sprays him in the face with something that could be hairspray (he falls to the floor and we see his bloodshot eyes later). A man climbs a brick wall, another man pulls on his foot and the man hits his head hard on the wall as he falls to the floor (we see some blood on his head and face later). A man with a gun talks to another man and asks for information. A man is dragged off a street and placed in car by other men while the woman he was with is held at gunpoint.
 Officials move through a crowded area looking for a pathogen and explosives; when it is found people fight over it with punches. We see a dead man on a sidewalk after a fall and there is blood on his face and his limbs are twisted. A man in a hospital bed is shown with IVs and a bloody bandage on his head; the man twitches and thrashes as we see his dreams or flashbacks that include examples of the disfigurement of humans described in Dante's "Seven Levels of Hell" (we see people with their heads completely twisted to the back, people wearing plague masks and their faces are covered with boils and scabs, people with missing limbs, people with film-covered eyes, rivers of blood flowing through city streets, people with brands on their flesh, and pairs of tattooed legs sticking out of the ground with a circle of flame around them (we see theses sequences several times throughout the movie). A man imagines battle scenes where men with swords fight in a field and we hear clanking and people fall (no blood is seen), blades and axes are wielded, and a horse flips on its back (we see no injury to the horse). Blood packets are shown being pulled off a man's chest and dropped on a floor. Blood-red water flows around platforms where an orchestra performs. Many people crowd out of an area where officials are searching for a pathogen and an explosive.
 A man in a hospital bed tries to get up and run and he falls on the floor (we see blood moving in an IV tube in his arm as a woman helps him up). We see a scalpel cutting a man's scalp in close-up. A man has a bloody stitched wound on his head and when he peels a bandage off it, we hear squishing and he grimaces. A bag with blood-soaked clothing is shown in a hospital room. A woman pulls an IV out of a man's hand and we hear a rip and see a trickle of blood on his hand. A man is shown to have a rash on his back. A man carries a secured transport tube that has a bio-hazard symbol on it and we see a cylinder made of human bone inside it with etchings that depict a three headed demon (described as a symbol from the Black Plague). A woman falls off a walkway and lands hard on a platform below (no injuries are seen). A woman falls through a floor that breaks through a ceiling and she lands on the floor below (we see her legs twisted and she lies dead). We see many people gathered around emergency vehicles while being treated after an explosion (some bloody wounds are visible).
 A man and a woman approach a road block where there are police dogs searching vehicles; they leave their car and run and they are chased by a drone that follows them. We see images of bodies in body bags, people wearing hazmat suits, malnourished children, pain and suffering, polar ice caps melting and breaking away. A museum employee blows a whistle when an item is shown to be missing. A man locks a woman in her office and she pounds on the door and yells.
 A character orders a "kill order" on a man. A man talks about Dante being threatened with burning at the stake. A woman talks about a sterilization chemical being put in a water supply.

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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (psychopath, psycho, disappointing, tyrant), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh My God, Thank God).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is injected in the neck and he moans (we don't know what the chemical is). People in a café are shown with wineglasses on their tables.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Overpopulation, viral plagues, Black Plague, extinction, suicide, mass murder, amnesia, puzzles, relationships, Botticelli's Map of Hell, Dante's Divine Comedy, WHO, truth, blackmail, thinning the herd, humanity, regret, kidnapping, created reality, opportunistic viral pathogen.
MESSAGE - Vast worldwide conspiracies are real.
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