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Mindhunters | 2005 | R | - 6.10.7

A group of top F.B.I. serial killer profilers called Mindhunters are taken to a deserted island during a training assignment, in order to track a supposedly fictitious murderer. But when members of their group are being killed off, they must try to now figure out which one of them is actually a serial killer. With Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey and Kathryn Morris. Directed by Renny Harlin. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A nude woman (her bare shoulders, bare legs, side of her buttocks and the side of her bare breast are visible) joins a nude man (his bare buttocks, legs, back and chest are visible) in a shower, they kiss, and he presses her against the wall. A nude man showers and we see his bare back, buttocks and chest, and a bare-chested man does push ups.
 Two men kiss romantically.
 A woman says to a man: "Trust me, I'm your type." Several men admire a woman at a bar, and they make a bet about how long it will take to get her phone number -- one man tries.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A man is sprayed by helium when a canister tips over, and the gas causes his feet to stick to the floor and his legs to freeze; when he tries to move his legs break off (we see frozen red tissue and jagged bone), and when he hits the floor his torso shatters and he spits blood, we hear him crackling and then he dies.
 A woman smokes a cigarette laced with acid: as the acid gets into her blood stream we see her begin to disintegrate, we see acid eat through her shoe, she bleeds from the mouth, then her face begins to melt away, more blood comes from her face, and she gags and tears at her clothes as her chest is eaten way.
 A dead man hangs from hooks and strings attached to a ceiling -- they are attached to his knees, feet, arms and hands -- and he is then jerked around as if he is a marionette (we see the hooks pulling at his skin, blood drips onto the floor, and there is blood on his head and face and at each hook site).
 A man is slumped over a table and when he is pulled to a sitting position his head falls off (we see his neck separate, and although it is red, there is no blood) and one person says: "Somebody drained his blood."
 A man shoots his gun, and it backfires killing him -- we see blood splatter on the wall behind him and his very bloody and torn-up face, arm and hand. A man is shot repeatedly, and he falls back, gasps, coughs and spits blood.
 We see dead bodies in a freezer (one has a severed head lying next to it), and blood is pulled from underneath one body's fingernails. A dead cat hangs from a rope with a police badge pinned to its chest, a man pulls a watch out of a hole in its abdomen (we see blood, tissue, slime stuck to the watch and we hear squishing). We see photographs of blood-spattered bodies. A man pulls himself into a freezer, he pulls a sheet back revealing a headless corpse, the door on the freezer swings closed and he is locked in.
 A man is shot in the chest and neck with arrows, he falls back and dies (we see blood on the wounds and the blood fills the water around him and rinses down a drain). A woman (who could be a mannequin) is suspended from the ceiling by hooks and string, the hooks are attached to her knees, feet, arms and hands and we see blood at the hook sites; there is also blood on her head, hands and pooled on the floor.
 A police officer looks into a darkened house, she hears children screaming from inside, and she and her partner go in with their weapons drawn: we hear gunfire, one finds a room with many dead animals hanging by ropes around their necks (she reacts to the smell), a dead dog lies on the floor (we see its mouth open and tongue exposed), we see two dead bodies lying in a bathtub, and a man sits in a chair with a shotgun in his lap (he has shot himself); a man with a knife comes into the room, stabs one officer in the back, and the other officer shoots the man repeatedly, also hitting the officer (this turns out to be a simulation).
 A man and a woman fight: he pushes her down the stairs, she runs away, he grabs her and pushes her face in water, she kicks him and he falls in the water, and they continue to fight under water; then they both get guns, the man surfaces and is shot in the throat, (blood gushes) and in the head (blood trickles from the hole), and he falls into the water, which is stained by blood, and he sinks. A man grabs a woman, shoves her into a gate, and then over a table; she pulls a gun, he kicks a table that knocks into her and she falls, he kicks her hard and he pounds her head on a table repeatedly, leaving her unconscious.
 A man hits a man on the back with a rod, and they fight: one pulls a knife, they fight with punches and kicks, they both fall over a railing, they crash through glass and land on stairs below, and one gets up and is hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. A woman is pushed into a chair, and another woman hits her in the face (we see blood on her lip). A man punches another man and puts handcuffs on him.
 Several people hold guns on a woman, one person shoves her into a glass window cracking it, and then pushes her to the floor. A man pulls a gun out and others in the room arm themselves. A woman holds a gun on several people.
 A video recording shows a man with a bloody face being confronted by someone; we hear the man groan and hear a crunch when he is presumably killed. A man has a shard of wood lodged in his shoulder (we see blood on the wound), a woman pulls it out.
 Several people walk along a pier toward a boat, one trips a wire as they walk, and the boat explodes causing a few of them to be thrown into the water; one of them sinks toward the bottom and is pulled to the surface by another (all have bruises and cuts). Lighting fixtures fall from a ceiling exposing electrical cords and water pours onto the floor below; a man in a wheelchair climbs out of his chair and dangles from a pipe above the water as it continues to rise toward him (he loses his grip and falls into the water but he's ok). A handcuffed man shoots his handcuffs off and climbs across a wall after shooting holes in it.
 Several people have blood drawn from their fingers (we see pokes and drops of blood). A series of numbers is painted on windows with blood.
 We hear a story about 100 people having disappeared without a trace, and we hear that a man is in a wheelchair due to a gunshot wound. People talk about a woman having been raped and murdered by drowning. We hear about a man having killed his parents, and a man talks about his parents having died when he was 10 years old.
 A woman sleeps in a car and a man knocks on the window startling her. Several people fall to the floor unconscious after drinking drugged coffee. We hear someone screaming and see flailing in dark water (a woman appears to be having a nightmare). People argue in many scenes and accuse each other of murder. Several people walk through a test city where we see many bullet-riddled mannequins.
 Old, decomposing food is covered by wriggling bugs (maggots and meal worms).

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LANGUAGE 7 - 21 F-words and its derivatives, 8 scatological terms, 9 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 6 religious obscenities, shut up.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People smoke tobacco and drink alcohol at a bar. A man smokes a cigarette and we see cigarettes burning in ashtrays in a few scenes. A woman struggles with having quit smoking in several scenes. A woman is killed after smoking an acid-laced cigarette.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Serial murder, presumption of guilt, fame, profiling, trust, isolation, sociopaths, resentment, illusions, revenge, weakness, fear, relationships, anticipation, challenge, revenge, addictive personalities, leadership, pressure.
MESSAGE - Confront your demons or they will consume you.
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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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